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Tilden Park Loop

 6 votes

Length

4.4 Miles 7.1 Kilometers


Elevation

864' 263 m

Ascent

-864' -263 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

1,614' 492 m

High

979' 298 m

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A hike with steep climbs to ridgetop views through shaded canyons on narrow doubletrack.

Bob Gardner

Overview

This hike is a great sampling of the less-crowded trails south of Inspiration Point and Wildcat Canyon Road with spectacular views of San Francisco Bay from a section of the Seaview Trail. Dropping from the ridge, the fire roads narrow to doubletrack trails through shady redwoods with some trail sections overgrown to practically singletrack.
Features: Views — Wildflowers
Family Friendly: A reasonable distance with only a few steep sections makes this outing a great option for the whole family.

Description

From Inspiration Point parking area, head south on the Curran Trail, which parallels Wildcat Canyon Road, as it descends steeply to the junction with the Seaview Trail. The Meadows Canyon Trail will branch to the right and the Seaview Trail will be to the left. This short section of the Seaview Trail is singletrack to Wildcat Canyon Road.

Cross the road to continue on the Seaview Trail, which is a fire road at this point, climbing steadily to the junction with the Quarry Trail. Continue on Seaview as it turns east past the junction with the Lower Big Springs Trail. The trail climbs gradually and is shaded in the lower section but becomes steeper, rockier and more exposed as it approaches the ridgetop viewpoint. Some sections are very steep.

There's a rest bench at the high point with breathtaking views over the Bay. It's a short descent to the junction with the Upper Big Springs Trail which continues the descent over a rocky, rutted fire road all the way to South Park Drive.

A little further on South Park Drive, catch the start of the Quarry Trail for the return to Inspiration Point. There's a junction part way with the Lower Big Springs Trail which connects to the Seaview Trail or you continue on Quarry as in turns west then north (steeply) back to Seaview.

History & Background

Tilden Park was one of the original East Bay Regional Parks established in 1936. A favorite Bay Area weekend destination with its Lake Anza swimming hole, merry-go-round and steam trains.

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Mar 19, 2018
Craig J
Jan 26, 2018
Ryan Christensen-Schwarz
Initial stretch was muddy so we walked along the road on the way back. 4.6mi — 1h 39m
Jan 18, 2018
Ryan Christensen-Schwarz
4.8mi — 1h 41m
Dec 31, 2017
Wolfram Arnold
Time was for slow run with breaks. 4.4mi
Dec 29, 2017
Dio-Ann Valmores
4.4mi
Nov 27, 2017
M G
4.4mi
Aug 6, 2017
Michelle Baker
4.4mi
Jul 16, 2017
Briana Goldman
4.4mi — 2h 00m

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  4.3 from 6 votes

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