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Great Sunday hike. Was a fairly flat and 90% paved trail that goes through a cow pasture. It was pretty awe inducing to see calf and cattle just off the edge of the trail grazing. Add that to a gorgeous sunset over the Pacific Ocean, and straight on views of the Golden Gate bridge across the bay, and you have the recipe for a fantastic hike.

I would rate this as an easy hike. It had nice views and was paved most of the way.

Super muddy right now. But it’s beautiful along the Wildcat Creek! Just bring an extra pair of shoes to change into for the ride home!

Pretty trail with a porting next to a stream, Curran section is shaded but Meadow trail section is exposed. Better to walk this counter clockwise to be in the shade uphill. The trail is well used and worn with a fair number of walkers, runners, dogs and bicyclists. Everyone was courteous and friendly. The trail is hard packed dirt with ruts, roots and rocks as well as plenty of burrs for doggy paws.

Beautiful hike on a well groomed trail. Well labeled signs made it easy to stay on track, and there are multiple options for parking depending what point you start at, such as Inspiration Point or Lone Oak. Restrooms available too.

Incredible views of bay and east bay at ridge. Nicely mottled with intermittent shade trees most of the way. Loose rocks, so watch your footing.

This is my favorite little hike. The incline really gets the heart going, but once you get to the magical bench, you can really rest and take it all in. After that it's pretty much downhill through a nice quiet forest section.

Did this lovely trail with my baby in a backpack and my two dogs. Nice incline that makes for a perfect little workout. Beautiful views of the reservoir and a shady wooded path the second half of the trail. You will likely have the trail to yourself most of the time. Dogs are actually allowed off leash.

Parking: There are about 40 car parking spots. And when that fills up, there is plenty of parking on the side of the road.

When you start your hike at Nimitz way, you start off on paved road. This goes on for a while and I didnt really like this part. Walking on paved road doesnt feel like hiking. At one point you well see a trail on the left with a board which says "Rotary club ". Take that route. We missed this and ended up going somewhere else. Added 2 extra miles to our hike. Then you continue on Wildcat Peak Trail. Its winding and narrow and downhill. Make sure you wear pants and full sleeved clothing. Next comes the Jewel Lake. We came across a deer there! Next we ended up in Tilden Nature Area and we went to the visitor center. Here is where we deviated from the trail mentioned in AllTrails (And trust me it was worth it!). They told us to take the Wildcat Gorge Trail (instead of Meadow Canyon Trail). The Gorge trail was so beautiful as it runs parallel to the creek! A decent amount of people hike this trail. And there are a lot of dogs. This connects to the Curran Trail and we head back to inspiration point. The Curran Trail is a bit steep. I'd say this last part was moderate to hard.

It was a nice hike. Except when we missed the left and kept going on the wrong path. The paved roads at the beginning are a buzzkill but trust me it gets much better!

Love walking the dog on this trail.

Loved it! Check out the city’s skyline. Couple of park benches.

This route is very heavily trafficked and paved. All Trails says that it is dog friendly however none of the trails that connect to Nimitz Way allows dogs and Dogs must be kept on leash on Nimitz way.

Great short hike took my 3 year old and 12 year old there’s a bench with a great view to take a short water snack break.

Nice trail, but NOT DOG FRIENDLY. Half of the trail is inside the Nature Area where dogs are not allowed. Dogs must also be on leash for the areas that do allow dogs.

We started at the Tilden Little Farm parking lot, hiked up to the Memory Trail, across the Canon Drive and continued to the Selby Trail, Wildcat Gorge Trail, the Curran Trail and then the Meadows Canyon Trail back to the parking lot. Total distance was 6 miles with elevation gain of 823 ft. It was a pleasant hike.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Beautiful views and lots of shade. A bit rocky, just be careful. Uphills are spread throughout with good amount of flats and downhills.

Friday, November 17, 2017

We were looking for a great trail to watch the sunrise - this is it! We were hoping for a slightly more challenging hike, but since it rained a lot the previous few days, we decided to take this trail. Perfect. No mud on the pavement, great in wet conditions. 1.5 hours there and back before work. Such amazing views everywhere... Be careful going off-trail, though - poison ivy all over the place!

This hike takes you from Inspiration Point to lake Anza and back. There was a good bit of traffic on a Saturday morning with some runners and dog walkers. Most of the dogs I came across were off-leash, but almost all of them were well behaved.

Wildcat Gorge Trail is very scenic. There are a few small waterfalls and the trees are lush. The other trails are so-so.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Paved trail with fantastic views. Great for walking, running and biking.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Great loop - paved and trail route. Can get hot so bring water.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

This trail takes you from the Inspiration Point staging area to Wildcat Peak and back. Nimitz trail is paved, which is great for bikers or walkers, but not really my preference for hiking. You'll go through a variety of vegetation and trees. After the half-way point, you'll get off Nimitz and onto some real trails. At this point, you're in the Tilden Nature Area, where dogs are not allowed. Bikes are also not allowed once you get off Nimitz Way.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pretty trail through gentle rolling hills. There's a core loop that's good for biking since it's paved, and some offshoot trails that are slightly steeper and are rich in wildlife. We saw lots of rabbits, quails, gophers, lizards, and a falcon.

on Havey Canyon Loop

Monday, July 10, 2017

Reviewing this trail for the second time. Ran this loop the first time during winter and hiked it the second time in the middle of summer. 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. If you are allergic to poison oak I would not recommend hiking this trail. If you are worried about getting poison oak I would still hike this trail. The East Bay Regional Park district keeps it very well maintained and you will not get it if you stay on the trail - just keep an eye out if you're concerned. 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.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

This was pretty fun. The walk up is pretty steep and strenuous, but once you get to the highest point it's all easy from there. It may be a little hard for kids, with the steep hills. I wish once you got to the top there was more trails to see more of the dam, but it is better than nothing. We had a great time. seen some small lizards and thankfully no rattlesnakes, although there are many signs for them.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

I started on the Kennedy Creek Trail, continued onto the Black Oak Trail loop, on the way back I climbed the Upper Seafoam Trail and went down on the Lower Seafoam Trail and then I took the Laurel Loop Trail. For a total distance of 3.3 miles with elevation of 833 feet. It was short but intense. There was few muddy spots on the trails. It was a good workout and some scenery on the top with the view of the San Pablo Reservoir. At this time of year the parking was free. From April to October there is a parking fee for $5.

on Havey Canyon Loop

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Trail was closed. But we found out this only after 1-hour walking on a very muddy road. We had no options but to go back using the same awful road. There was no sing at the beginning of the road.

on Havey Canyon Loop

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Reservoir. Lots of wildlife - coyotes, turkeys, cows. Ran the loop after it rained so pretty muddy but trails are very maintained and easy to navigate. Definitely some good inclines but the views are worth it and always fun to watch the cows. Make sure the cattle gates lock when you walk through. Also be mindful as you cross a couple of streams. Parking fills up fast on weekends.

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