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Wildcat Canyon Loop

  5.0 ( 1 ) Favorite


9.4 mile 15.2 kilometer loop


Ascent: 889' 271 m
Descent: -892' -272 m
High: 1,141' 348 m
Low: 327' 100 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)


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Trail shared by Wendy Wheeler

Uses trails less traveled in Wildcat Canyon.

Wendy Wheeler

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers


Beautiful trees, rolling grass covered hills and sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and Contra Costa County.


The hike starts on Wildcat Creek Trail, which is tree lined and partially paved. There are a variety of trees, but the sweet smell of Buckeye flowers will force you to stop and enjoy the pleasant aroma. There are plenty of wildflowers and non-native Spanish Broom along the way.

Head over to Havey Canyon Trail, which is my favorite trail in Wildcat Canyon Park! The trail winds up the hill along the creek, and has a diverse range of plants and trees. It is a peaceful, cool place on a hot day, and you'll never want to leave. We saw a hornets nest attached to the bridge on the way up to the ridge.

When we reached Nimitz Way Trail, the wind was blowing hard and the rolling, grassy hills provided no protection from the wind. We quickly took in the views of the San Pablo Reservoir, Mt. Diablo and Contra Costa. This was the first time I've done the Conlon Trail going downhill, and was stunned by the San Francisco Bay views. Make sure to stop at the bench mid-way down the trail on the left hand side for the best views of San Francisco. The wind died down as we descended into the canyon. Turn right on Wildcat Creek Trail and head back to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Oak, Buckeye, Eucalyptus and other trees.
Non-Native Spanish Broom and Monkey Flowers.
Hawks, Rabbit, Sparrows and other small birds.

History & Background

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park has 2,427 acres and 25 miles of paved and singletrack trails. The park was originally home for Native Americans, but they were displaced by Spanish ranchers and explorers.

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Dec 25, 2018
Martin Connell
Great mix — bucolic, riparian, etc. I’d wait a few days list rain for the Havey section. 9.4mi

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Wildcat Creek Trail just past the Havey Canyon Trail junction.
May 19, 2019 near Kensington, CA
Buckeyes in bloom on both sides of the trail
Jun 17, 2018 near Kensington, CA
San Pablo Reservoir
Jun 17, 2018 near Kensington, CA
Beautiful trail along the creek
Jun 17, 2018 near Kensington, CA
Golden Hills of California
Jun 17, 2018 near Kensington, CA
Vista Heights from Wildcat Creek Trail
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