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

MODERATE 68 reviews

Wildcat Creek Trail, Havey Creek Trail, San Pablo Ridge Trail, and Belgum Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

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54 minutes ago

The winter rain left some muddy parts to forge; but hey hiking in winter aloft the expanse of the Bay- who cares? A great get out of the hub-bub and hike kinda place. You’ll have cows on the trail to skirt around but they seem oblivious. Saw dogs chasing a Coyote and wondered about the owners, but not too long. Great open hills to climb.

3 days ago

This is basically my backyard and I love it. So much here to explore

hiking
18 days ago

Lovely long walk with varying difficulties, and so close to the city! Traveling clockwise will put the hard hills first. Dogs can be off leash, just beware of roaming cattle. The forest section can get a little muddy and slippery at times, so wear decent footware if it's rains recently.

hiking
2 months ago

Great place in the middle of city! Lots of cows and people. Some inclines to start and finished through the woods. Great view of the city! There is a portion of pavement which is my least favorite but on this route, it’s minimal.

3 months ago

Take the loop clockwise for the best views. Take it counter clockwise for more gradual inclines. Overall this is a nice hike, a scaled down version of some of the more demanding, more beautiful hikes in the Bay Area.

5 months ago

Havey Canyon is currently impassible due to a downed tree. Had to turn back.

5 months ago

Nice workout! Good views & dog friendly

hiking
6 months ago

This is a beautiful hike with thigh burning climbs that bring you to hands-down, the best panoramic views in the Bay Area. Bring water because there is limited shade and layers because the wind can be gusty at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views of the cities!

hiking
7 months ago

It was a great hike! Like the previous comment said- go clockwise so you’ll hit the hardest part first. The views and breeze were amazing!

Quite good!

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

We completed a nearly identical 7 mile loop from the main staging area for this preserve - Alvarado Area in Richmond. The loop comprised of Wildcat Creek Trail -> Havey Canyon Trail -> Nimitz Way -> San Pablo Ridge Trail -> Belgum Trail -> Wildcat Creek Trail. A moderately difficult hike with 1200 feet elev gain.

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hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bring water, and avoid going on a really hot day! For much of the hike, you're exposed to the sun on top of the hills with no shade. If you pick the right day - it's perfect. Go clockwise and start with the difficult part, leaving the mostly flat and shady area for last!

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

A nice trail that I did with 4 friends. It goes in and out of trees and mostly wide open spaces with some pretty good views. Most of the trail is old roads with a small mix of single track connectors. We were there at the wrong time watching a couple of bulls going at each other until one decided to chase us..... Fortunately there are some huge power lines there and we were close and jumped up on the cement supports and got out of harms way.

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