Wildcat Peak Trail via Laurel Canyon and Sylvan Trail

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Tilden Regional Park

Wildcat Peak Trail via Laurel Canyon and Sylvan Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Berkeley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 672 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

no dogs

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 This scenic loop takes you from the Tilden Park Environmental Education Center to the summit of Wildcat Peak via the Jewel Lake, Sylvan, Peak and Laurel Canyon trails. Terrific views of the Bay Area and a variety of plants and birds keep this route interesting throughout. This route may be very muddy in wet weather.

Excellent hike. Amazing view at wildcat peak. There is definitely a lot of poison oak, but there is also a lot of wildlife. We saw at least 10 bunnies; some quails, squirrels, birds and hardly any other people. Highly recommend this trail.

Very narrow trail but I hardly saw anyone else this morning. The trail is overgrown in many places and there is LOTS of poison oak around. Wear long pants!! Otherwise, nice hike with gentle elevation gain and beautiful views of the bay and Marin.

Did this as part of the East Bay Regional Parks trails challenge 2020. 360 view of the East Bay, San Francisco, also Tamalpais, Diablo. Can see the San Pablo and Briones reservoirs to the east.

hiking
3 months ago

I forgot to download the map so I think we didn’t quite do the route laid out here, which makes sense because it was definitely not “moderate”, it was quite easy. I’d like to go back and do it right since we didn’t see any spectacular views. All in all, a nice hike on nice day.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
muddy
washed out
5 months ago

Perfect short hike that’s easy to get to and still feels off the beaten path. Stunning views in any season. It is really muddy in the winter so bring shoes with good tread!

11/29/19, cool and windy, little muddy in places. Great walk, one of my faves. I prefer clockwise. Some steeper places, but view at the top is a big payoff.

hiking
6 months ago

Another great hike! Pretty easy as well! Perfect for a quick little afternoon outing Great views of the Bay when you get to the top Love the little farm at the bottom When driving there , be aware that cell reception is shaky , so you may run out of directions and drive too far

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hiking
7 months ago

I would recommend this trail for anyone who wants a quick moderate hike with an amazing view. Some spots are pretty narrow, but all in all it's a great home with some moderate incline and a great view.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a really nice hike with a great view.

Great hike with beautiful views!

hiking
8 months ago

The view at the top is spectacular. There’s a perfect picnic spot at the top with a 360 degree view of the bay and San Pablo Reservoir. Shady hike up (if you go counter clockwise) which is always welcome. And we saw a coyote in the middle of the day!!

Great hike! The trails are almost all single tracks. Wildcat Peak is a cool spot. Great views of the bay. It was a fun trail run on the way back down the hill.

mountain biking
no shade
over grown
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Fantastic trail with everything you want. Dramatic views, shade under the trees for much of the walk, a bit of climbing but not too Much, overall phenomenal for families and young teenagers or older. Highly recommend it.

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
9 months ago

Nice trail for residents! You start from the little farm, which is very cute, especially for kids. Then the beginning and the end of the trail are under shade. If you take it counter clockwise, the beginning is a little strenuous, especially during sunny days. You will encounter a nice view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from the wildcat peak. I recommend it!

hiking
9 months ago

Loved this hike! Shady and the beginning and end. Moderate climbs but nothing for too long or too steep. Only thing to caution is you have to know what poison oak looks like. It’s growing all over the trail and there are some very narrow parts where you could easily brush up against it and not notice. I recommend pants or leggings for this hike.

hiking
10 months ago

beautiful trail, pretty hot in summer getting to the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Fantastic hike! Went mid-day and saw almost no one else on the trail (except of course for the beginning part that passes Little Farm). We took a detour to Gem Lake and saw the turtles sunbathing on the main tree log. The summit and view of the Bay was extraordinary and well worth the steep hike up, especially on a clear day.

The hiking begins at the Tilden Little Farm, as soon as you get in there, go up towards the cow barn, by the end of the street take left, that’s the beginning of the Wildcat Peak trail.

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