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Peace Circle: Wildcat Peak from Little Farm

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  4.8 ( 11 ) Favorite

Trail

4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 666' 203 m
Descent: -664' -202 m
High: 1,181' 360 m
Low: 544' 166 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Scot Hacker

Several Tilden Nature Area trails can be stitched together into one ideal loop with great views and local history!

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Features Views

Family Friendly Older kids will enjoy the Rotary Peace Grove's views and history.

Overview

Make your way up to the stone circle marking the highest point in the East Bay (Wildcat Peak) by winding your way up from the parking lot at Little Farm, then taking a different route down to make a loop.

Back in the day, the Rotary Club set up a grove of redwood trees in Wildcat Canyon, each marked with a plaque honoring a leader in world peace. Then, at the highest point of the hills, they created a circle of stones where hikers could go to rest their bones and take in the incredible views of San Pablo Dam to the east and the entire Bay Area to the west.

Description

Start at Little Farm, then hike past the animals to join the Loop Road (dirt). Hook a left, then dive right into the trees on the shaded Laurel Canyon Trail. At the only opportunity, go left to connect back up to Laurel Canyon Road, then left on Nimitz Way Trail (which is paved). Nimitz turns into the Wildcat Peak Trail, where you'll pass the Rotary Peace Grove and make your way up to the scenic outlook.

Eat your corn chips and drink your kombucha, then on the way back down, go right on Peak Trail rather than left (i.e. don't return the way you came). Stay on the Wildcat Peak Trail as it descends plenty of switchbacks through eucalyptus and sage to eventually reach a junction with Sylvan Trail, which will ultimately lead you back to Loop Road and your vehicle.

Flora & Fauna

As with the entire East Bay, be on the lookout for poison oak!

History & Background

The Peace Grove Lookout was completed in 1962 by the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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Jul 6, 2019
Christian Rauh
Excellent! 4mi — 2h 00m
Jun 8, 2019
Jacob Bukoski
Jan 24, 2019
Gary Cheng
The Peace Grove was a very nice, contemplative break near the top. Beautiful views all around! Pretty muddy this time of year, so wear good boots! 4mi
Sep 8, 2018
Gretchen Kreutz
Aug 11, 2018
Briana Goldman
May 7, 2018
Akiko Ishihara
Mar 31, 2018
Christopher Ardalan
3.6mi
Feb 1, 2018
Ryan Christensen-Schwarz
4.4mi — 1h 50m

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  4.8 from 11 votes

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Photos

Wildflowers on the way up to Wildcat Peak
Jun 17, 2018 near Kensington, CA
View of the San Pablo Reservoir from Wildcat Peak
Jun 17, 2018 near Kensington, CA
Picnic area at the top of Wilcat Peak. Panaramic views of the Bay and Mt. Diablo.
Jun 17, 2018 near Kensington, CA
Stairs aid your passage along the Laurel Canyon Trail Spur.
May 14, 2017 near Kensington, CA
Enjoy a great view of San Pablo Dam from the Peace Circle.
May 14, 2017 near Kensington, CA
View of San Francisco on the way up to Wildcat Peak
Jun 17, 2018 near Kensington, CA

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