Wildcat Creek Trail, Havey Creek Trail, San Pablo Ridge Trail, and Belgum Trail

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Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

Wildcat Creek Trail, Havey Creek Trail, San Pablo Ridge Trail, and Belgum Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Richmond, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,269 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Park Features: Wildcat Canyon Regional Park encompasses 2,430 acres along the Wildcat Creek watershed and the surrounding hills and ridges. On east-facing slopes grow large coast live oaks, bay laurels, and a scattering of big leaf maples and madrones. North-facing hillsides support beautiful stands of bay laurel, fringed with coast live oak, coyote brush, poison oak, elderberry, snowberry, bracken fern, and blackberry. Picnic and barbeque facilities, a children’s playground, and restrooms and drinking water are available in the Alvarado Area near the starting point. Trail Highlights: This trail begins on a wide fire road but soon winds through native woodlands and along shaded creek beds, ascending to a lookout point with breathtaking views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, and Marin to the west, San Pablo Bay and Point Pinole to the north, and Mt. Diablo, San Pablo Reservoir, Briones, and other East Bay parks to the east. You can refill water bottles about 2 miles into the hike, just before the Havey Canyon turn, and at the intersection of Mezue and Wildcat Creek trails.

hiking
3 hours ago

Nice work out, Nice bridge view on San Pablo Ridge trail. Good birding in Harvey Canyon trail

Great loop in the hills. First part is a paved path. Great views on the way back. Beautiful at sunset.

hiking
17 days ago

We absolutely love this trail and it was our second time doing it. The first half is a bit boring but the second half is spectacular. We did the trail on 5/16/20 and saw 3 snakes alone in that one hike, so be careful!!!

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike! I think it’s better then mission peak! It was steep, strenuous, challenging. Some of the hills are pretty steep! It’s like going straight up! Wear good shoes, hat, bring water. Watch out for bikers, they share the trail. There’s a lot of other trails that connect with this one. I plan on coming back here and going them. Go early because it gets pretty crowded.

Really fun trail with AMAZING views of the bay. More like moderate to hard probably not the best for little kids.

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bugs
muddy
no shade
over grown
19 days ago

Nice hike. Easy to social distance here. You’ll start out on a paved road which was frankly pretty boring. There were a good bit of people here. I then took a left onto Havey Canyon Trail. Didn’t see anyone here. This trail is narrow, overgrown in some sections, and can be muddy. I then took a left onto San Pablo Ridge Trail. This part had great views. It’s a wide Trail with some steep sections. You’ll pretty much take that all the way back to the parking area.

hiking
25 days ago

Gorgeous trail. First part is a nice walk through the woods. Then you emerge to a gorgeous view of the whole north bay including San Francisco. Then continue over several hill ridges with cows! Would come again!

hiking
1 month ago

05/03/2020: Park is open but facilities closed We did: Wildcat > Havey Canyon > Nimitz > S. Pablo > Belgium = Beautiful loop with sweeping views of 4 bridges! -lots of wildlife pockets around; wildflower blooms, critters, burrow buddies, coyote, lizards, deer, cattle, road runners + tons of avian life -Havey Canyon is an incline with a few narrow bends- hard to social distance with bikes and other pedestrians because of poison oak. Adorable spot where cattle relax by the creek, shady and cool - follow trail markers because there are unlabeled trails that will send you in the opposite direction -San Pablo Ridge trail has the grand view, little shade and many dog owners with friendly dogs that are off leash, beware if you have canine fear

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no shade
1 month ago

We did Bonita’s-San Pablo- Mezue- wildcat loop. Lots of pretty wildflowers, and mellow cows. Didn’t see a lot of people till the end when we were back on Wild cat trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

COVID/SIP UPDATE: Trail is OPEN and the parking lot is too. Facilities (restrooms/water/etc.) are closed. CCW lightly trafficked trail with first 2 miles of very wide fire road into narrow 3rd mile into the trees. The remaining of the hike is atop hillsides and is very windy, recommend bringing a windbreaker.

hiking
2 months ago

A great way to see the coastal dunes as they once were, an amazing restoration effort.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail close by. Enjoyed spotting the birds.

It was nice that throughout the hike. Muddy I some areas. All in all a pleasant hike.

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muddy
4 months ago

Went counter clockwise and missed the Conlon trail and ended up on Havey which was pretty muddy with the recent rain. The top of Conlon has a beautiful 360 view

hiking
4 months ago

For a trail so close to an urban area, this one is quite good and has a fair amount of wildlife. If you go in the spring you can spot tons of frogs, hawks, cattle, prairie dogs (or are they groundhogs) and even sometimes snakes. The views of Richmond, Marin, SF and Suisun Bay are hard to beat.

Most of the trail was great, but a large portion of it was on a paved surface, which I’d rather not be on whilst hiking. Also, a smaller portion was super muddy- like, suck-your-shoe-off muddy. Overall, nice hike, but I probably won’t go back.

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