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.

Length3.3 miElevation gain498 ftRoute typeLoop
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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.

East Bay Regional Park District (510) 562-7275

Take the Fish Ranch Rd. exit east of the Caldecott Tunnel, drive uphill, and turn right at Grizzly Peak Blvd. Follow Grizzly Peak to the Shasta Rd. entrance to Tilden. Turn right on Shasta, then left onto Wildcat Canyon Rd., and right on Central Park Drive. Continue about 0.8 mile, and turn right on Lake Anza Rd.

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Vivek Aithal
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DK87 H
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Lora Bartlett
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Hiking

It’s a great 3 mile loop: wildcat gorge to Curran to meadows canyon. Wildcat is a bit muddy. And there are a lot of people out there on a Sunday. But it’s a good workout, nice views, and varied terrain.

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H K
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HikingMuddy

I would prefer to go counter clockwise next time

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Nicole Moraru
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Hiking

Great easy loop for kids and dogs. Lots of people on the trail! The mud was more sticky than wet so it wasn’t too bad. Don’t forget your mask!

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Kale Sassaman
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HikingGreat!Muddy

The trail was a little muddy but fine with hiking boots. We brought our dog and there was lots of other dogs and a few bikes on the trail. Up and down with some good flat spots.

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Kris Kasianovitz
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Hiking

Pretty easy loop. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll. It was VERY muddy on portions. Be ready to clean your shoes!

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Jon Bennett
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Zoe Merz
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HikingMuddy

Very muddy but manageable with good hiking boots! A beautiful hike

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Alan R M
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Wes Fanelli
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HikingMuddy

Great trail and easy to access from Berkeley. As of 12/28 the conditions are very muddy so plan accordingly with proper shoes and maybe a hiking pole. The trail was fairly busy and most were courteous, wearing masks, etc.

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hannah kight
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HikingGreat!No shade

Great hike with wide trails and expansive views. Great for bringing dogs. Nice climbs but nothing too steep.

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Josh Grieco
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Many different types of terrain to enjoy. One of my families favorites

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Kalpu P
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail, great to witness fall foliage. We also walked around the lake, which was really nice!

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Lorna Telles
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HikingGreat!

The trail is shady and was able to see the 2 lakes, and the little farm. Well marked. Been there twice and could go back for more!

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Carl Sanchez
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Andrew Goodwin
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Mountain biking

Pretty good trail spots to bomb down and jump

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Patricia Decker
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Bird watchingGreat!

I have ran and hiked the loop a few times before, and early this morning I gave it a try for birding. I walked a mile out on Meadows Canyon and spotted a variety of birds and heard a few dozen more. Highly recommended!

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Alenie Olasiman
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Hiking

Lake Anza Rd was closed off but the Parking Lot and the trails are open. It was a really nice and quick hike! The trail was smooth and not as rugged. Going up the hill was not as hard & steep as the Seaview Trail and it was very doable, however, It still will get your heart pumpin.

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Young Suh
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HikingGreat!

Great view, fresh air. Good easy trail

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Sana Saleem
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Hiking

There was a hornets nest half way through the trail and we got stung pretty badly

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Hao Wu
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Hiking

Very easy and friendly trail.

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Zach Blankenship
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Hiking

Fairly heavy traffic, well maintained trail. Closest parking closed, but other options are available nearby.

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Zhi Wu
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Very hard trail

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Pearl Opem
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Walking

Nice easy, fast walking trail- tons of poison oak!

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Clara Young
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HikingBugs

Very relaxing and interesting trail, starts with a shaded path and then to an open path with a nice view. Nothing too intense. There’s a lot of flies though.

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Tyler Chuck
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Hiking

Nice short loop in Tilden! Trails are nice and none of it is too steep.

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IRENKA Dominguez-Pareto
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this trail was gorgeous today! there is a bit of everything: creek/gorge, shaded paths; incline to get your heart pumping; sunny areas with expansive views of the gorge from stop; wild flowers to enjoy and more! we will repeat. Good with kids, and dog on leash had a blast!

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