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Tilden Park Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (16) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Loop

1,614' 492 m

High

979' 298 m

Low

864' 263 m

Up

864' 263 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers

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

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.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bob Gardner

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Taking in the view.
Oct 13, 2016 near Berkeley, CA
Tilden Regional Park.
Oct 13, 2016 near Berkeley, CA
Tilden Park in spring, looking northeast from Seaview Trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Kensington, CA
Trail buddies.
Oct 13, 2016 near Kensington, CA
Seaview Trail view.
Oct 13, 2016 near Berkeley, CA

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May 31, 2020
Scott W
Beautiful views 4.4mi — 1h 39m
Jul 6, 2019
jeff wright
9h 17m
Jun 8, 2019
Mher Mnatsakanyan
4.4mi
May 25, 2019
Anthony Fumagalli
4.4mi — 2h 12m
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