Tilden Park: Nimitz Way

Saturday, December 13, 2014

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This scenic out & back walk on the paved Nimitz Way Trail starts from Inspiration Point in Berkeley; it’s a beautiful ridge line route that winds 4.1 miles through Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Regional Parks with gorgeous panoramic views of San Pablo Reservoir, SF Bay, the East Bay Hills & ridges and Mt Diablo.

Views from Inspiration Point:

Begin Nimitz Way walk from South Trail head entrance at Inspiration Point:

Meadow Canyon and SF Bay views from vista overlook near half mile mark:

Mile point one into Wildcat Canyon Regional Park:

Mile point two to Conlon Trail junction:

Junction to San Pablo Ridge and mile point 3:

Enjoy the ridge top views:


Mile point 3 to mile point 4:

Pastoral meadows-grazing cattle:

To end of paved Nimitz Way Trail:

Enjoy the ridge top views:

Additional quarter mile trek on dirt fire road to ridge top cattle corral:

Enjoy the ridge top views:

I stopped at the various vista points along the trail for photo ops and walked at a very leisurely pace for 1.5 hours each way. Bring plenty of snacks and water for this wonderful walk along the open San Pablo Ridge; it’s a splendid alternative to riding a bicycle.

Nimitz Way


8.5 Miles round trip with ~630′ of elevation gain
Time: 3 hours with one stop

Weather: Partly cloudy skies with cool temps ranging from the low to mid 50’s and mild SE winds.

Parking: No fee-pit toilets-No water
Hike: Moderate

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Nimitz Way 1


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