Sunday, July 5, 2015
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park encompasses 2,427 acres along the Wildcat Creek watershed and the surrounding hills and ridges. The park extends from the Tilden Nature Area above the Berkeley hills in the south to historic Alvarado Park at the north end in Richmond. It includes a significant portion of the paved Nimitz Way extending from Inspiration point in Tilden Regional Park. Easy access from the busy cities of the East Bay makes Wildcat Canyon a popular place for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and those simply looking for a quiet place to spend an afternoon. Wildcat Canyon has 25 miles of trails (mostly fire roads) and affords spectacular views from the crest of the East Bay Hills.(http://www.ebparks.org/parks/wildcat)
This out & back hike heads east along Wildcat Creek Trail to the Tilden Nature Area boundary at Tilden Park where no dogs area allowed.
Begin at the Alvarado Staging Area parking lot and enter through the trail gate onto Wildcat Creek Trail. This is a Pit Bull meetup group hike with Shadow and four other pits.
The gentle rolling terrain travels south along Wildcat Creek on a wide paved road for the first 1.2 miles.
The trail continues on a broad fire road through the oak/bay woodlands.
Wildcat Creek Trail travels in and out of the woods towards the ridge before dropping down to the Tilden Nature Area boundary.
Reverse way back on Wildcat Creek Trail to the water fountain at Mezue Trail junction.
Continue on Wildcat Creek Trail to the parking lot.
This is a fantastic out & back dog hike along Wildcat Creek. No dog? Hike for another mile or so into Tilden Park and enjoy the Tilden Nature Area before turning around.
6.8 Miles with 680′ of elevation gain
Time: 3.5 hours with multiple dog stops
Parking: No fee at Wildcat Canyon Staging Area off Park Ave in Richmond. Pit toilets-NO WATER
Bring water & food/snacks. Water fountain available at the mid point at Mezue Trail junction
Weather: Sunny and warm with temps ranging from the high 60’s to the low 70’s