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4.4 mile 7.1 kilometer loop


Ascent: 864' 263 m
Descent: -864' -263 m
High: 1,614' 492 m
Low: 979' 298 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)


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Trail shared by Bob Gardner

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

Bob Gardner

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Family Friendly A reasonable distance with only a few steep sections makes this outing a great option for the whole family.


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.


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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Feb 17, 2019
Admiral Wing Commander
Sep 1, 2018
Luis Costa
Aug 10, 2018
Sara S.
HOT and not very shaded in summer. Great views of the Bay!
Jul 21, 2018
Justin Sowa
Jun 2, 2018
Victor Chang
May 27, 2018
Michael Lyons
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

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