Wildcat Gorge, Meadows Canyon and Curran Trail

MODERATE 392 reviews
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Wildcat Gorge, Meadows Canyon and Curran Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Berkeley, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 498 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

lake

views

bugs

Park Features: Founded in 1936 from former watershed lands, Tilden is one of the East Bay Regional Park District’s three original parks. It was named after Charles Lee Tilden, president of the District’s rst Board of Directors. Workers from the Works Progress Administration built much of the park’s infrastructure during the Great Depression. Tilden’s 2,079 acres feature the iconic carousel, steam train, botanical gardens, Little Farm, Environmental Education Center, redwood groves, picturesque views of the bay, picnic areas, and seasonal swimming at Lake Anza. Trails Highlights: Please note: portions of this trail are severely storm-damaged and may be difficult to navigate when wet and muddy. Check District website for possible closures before proceeding. This trail starts at placid Lake Anza and descends along the Wildcat Creek drainage through tall redwoods and shady oak/ bay woodlands. It then gently climbs Meadows Canyon through grassland and scrub, eventually dropping back down to the creek. Trail Directions: Park at Lake Anza Parking lot; if closed, use the gravel over ow lot outside the gate. Proceed to the Lake Anza entrance near the bathhouse and swim area. Outside the bathhouse area, turn left and follow the paved Lake Anza Trail a few hundred yards. At the Spillway, cross the bridge to your right and then turn left onto the Wildcat Gorge Trail to descend to the creek. At the bottom of the dam, you’ll see a small stone building which was the old pump house for the lake. Continue down Wildcat Gorge Trail past the Curran turnoff for approximately 0.75 mile. At the bottom of the canyon, turn right onto Meadows Canyon Trail, near the Lone Oak Picnic area. Due to storm damage, the creek crossing may be difficult. Follow Meadows Canyon Trail uphill for about 1.5 miles where you’ll make a right, near the top, onto the Curran Trail. Descend on the Curran Trail for .62 miles where you’ll return to the Wildcat Gorge Trail. Turn left to follow Wildcat Gorge Trail the way you came in and it will connect with the Lake Anza Trail back to the parking lot.

hiking
13 days ago

Great views, mostly easy but a few difficult parts due to extremely muddy inclines/declines

hiking
muddy
14 days ago

Part of the trail was closed so it was very short but beautiful. There’s an amazing creek that has a “waterfall” where I set up camp to read. Beautiful and relaxing little hike.

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

Came for a new years hike with our toddler and had to turn back on the creekside potion of the trail because it was just way too muddy. Looking forward to coming back when things are a little drier :)

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

Nice trail, beautiful and variable terrain, amazing sunset, but the last bit is hard to find when dark, so please be prepared. It was super muddy for a portion of it, so I would recommend boots or gaiters.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this place! Perfect for a quick workout and you can take a swim at the end. If you make a left up the hill after you walk over the stone walkway next to the water there’s a really cool handmade bench that you can hangout and get a beautiful view of the lake from.

hiking
3 months ago

As of 10/18/19, Curran Trail closed for tree maintenance, so this became a 4.5mi out-and-back.

Lots of doggos running wild. But otherwise nice flat trail with lots of shade, would repeat. Easy to get to by bus.

hiking
3 months ago

Ok, but not one of my favorites. In early fall, there is not much to see other than the brown, Maybe it would be better in the green of Spring. Walking counter-clockwise, most of the uphill is in the shade while most of the exposed sections were downhill. Clockwise would be the opposite. Not sure I would rate this as "easy". It is not especially difficult, but it is not a flat, wide, simple trail.

A good trail with some nice views, but one with heaviy bike and foot traffic. A fairly easy hike.

Amazing it had some hills but nothing too hard. There were plenty of benches to use to sit:)

Awesome trail with plenty of nice views. Lots of dogs too.

hiking
5 months ago

really nice trails. beautiful lake feels like your a world away within a few minutes from civilization.

hiking
5 months ago

enjoyable family hike with the dog. Lots of off leash dogs, so make sure you're comfy with this circumstance. opt for Curran trail early in order to start on a hill and end on a downhill; otherwise 50 percent uphill for this hike.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Nice trail, had a lot of fun with my 10 year old.

hiking
6 months ago

Lake, forest, clear view, altitude change. About an hour-run/walk loop.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun time with an eight and eleven year old. Perfect weather and lots of shade.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike for families! We completed this loop in a few hours, with our 2.5 year old, and me pregnant. It was a beautiful mix of forest and meadow. Toddler was in the carrier half of the time. It wasn’t too strenuous, but I imagine it would be if it had been a hot day. We will definitely do it again!

bugs
7 months ago

mountain biking
7 months ago

Great fun mountain biking trail for myself and my competent 10 year old. Only advice: difficult to find the loop as described via Lake Anza trail. It was easily accessible at the bottom of Brook Rd - look for post indicating “trails”. Enjoy!

NOT a summer trail. It’s going to be really hot, about 50% of the trail exposed to direct sun, only about 20% in a nice shade and the rest is on and off sun/shade. The lower half along the creek is beautiful and very easy, non-technical. The upper half is also easy, non-technical trail, but exposed to the sun.

Atlas’ first hike. He did fantastic. Good beginner hike for a small dog.

walking
8 months ago

My co-worker and I tried this trail a month ago and we had SO much fun. It was a bit of an incline at the start, but we took our time and just casually strolled. There were some benches along the way that we took advantage off and the trail was wide enough for me to throw a ball for my dog when he got bored. Lots of shade on some parts of the trail, beautiful flowers and scenery, saw a few people and we had such a good day. We'll definitely go back soon.

This loop is actually a mile longer than the app quotes and it made for a much longer day and far more exertion than I planned for. The second half which is the Curran and Meadows trail is lots of sun exposure and constant climb so beware. The wildcat trail was great

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful vistas and varied scenery, muddy at beginning and end

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