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Wildcat Gorge, Meadows Canyon and Curran Trail

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Tilden Regional Park

Wildcat Gorge, Meadows Canyon and Curran Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Berkeley, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. 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

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

NOTE: The parking area for this trail is closed due to COVID-19. Visitors can still walk or bike here from elsewhere. Please check the park's website for more information: https://www.ebparks.org/news/covid_19_park_and_trail_updates.htm#parks-open-closed 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 overflow 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
muddy
off trail
over grown
8 days ago

I accidentally made my own trail here but had a blast doing so. Pretty muddy today after rain this AM. Stop and sit by river if you can. Also watch out for banana slugs on trail!

hiking
8 days ago

Great trails, I was here with my 4 year old and 22 month old daughters and family.

Pretty damp quiet morning. Not too muddy and the very few people on the trail were abiding by social distancing protocol.

3 months ago

Note to self, don't go during rainy season. R.I.P. Shoes. (super muddy)

Nimitz Trail our and back- beautiful views but otherwise just okay hike.

Beautiful, easy, and muddy!

hiking
4 months ago

Lovely woodsy trail with nice creek and waterfall. however it’s very muddy right now for the portion through the gorge as well as parts higher up. We’ll come back later in the spring.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
6 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
7 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
7 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

hiking
11 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
11 months ago

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