Best lake trails in Berkeley, California

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Explore the most popular lake trails near Berkeley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of lake trails in Berkeley, California
Top trails (17)
#1 - Wildcat Gorge, Meadows Canyon and Curran Trail
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
NOTE: As of September 12, 2020 Lake Anza Road and Parking Lot are currently CLOSED. 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.Show more
#2 - Wildcat Gorge and Lake Anza Loop
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 30 m
Loop trail that wraps around Lake Anza. An excellent spot for birdwatching, fishing, or going for a swim This is an easy trail that sees a lot of use on the weekends, mostly by families and people walking their dogs. Some parts are a bit technical, but it offers a nice view of the lake and connects with the Selby Trail along with a few others. Weekdays are best here, especially during the summer months.Show more
#3 - Nimitz Way Trail to Inspiration Peak and Jewel Lake
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
#4 - Jewel Lake Loop
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 49 m
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 The path around Jewel Lake offers a great tour of the Tilden Nature Area. There is a boardwalk section along the east side of the lake and the majority of the trail is a gentle walk through a lovely lush forest, with opportunities to see wildlife. The area is home to many bird species, turtles, frogs, ducks and butterflies. Tilden Nature Area also includes a playground with nearby picnic tables as well as the Little Farm. At the Little Farm, children are welcome to bring their own celery, carrots and lettuce to feed goats, pigs, rabbits and many other farm animals. Show more
#5 - Wildcat Peak
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
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-closedShow more
#6 - Jewel Lake
Tilden Nature Area
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 18 m
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-closedShow more
#7 - Tilden Regional Park Wildcat Creek Trail
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
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-closedShow more
#8 - Selby Trail and Wildcat Gorge Loop to Lake Anza
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 42 m
#9 - Lake Anza, Selby Trail, Jewel Lake, and Wildcat Gorge
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
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-closedShow more
#10 - Havey Canyon Loop
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h
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 During the warm months this trail gets hot. There is little shade in Wildcat Canyon so bring plenty of water. This portion can also get a bit buggy due to the cattle. The East Bay Regional Park district keeps it very well maintained. Great views of Tilden Park, Mount Tam and Mount Diablo. Really beautiful winding trails as you make your way through Tilden Park back to the Little Farm parking lot. There is a water fountain and bathrooms toward the beginning of the loop. Definitely a great morning or afternoon hike or trail run. Bring your camera.Show more
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