Explore the most popular forest trails near Kensington with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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

hiking
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, 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

trail running
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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