Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,534.00 ft (467.56 m)
Trail type
11.60 mi (18.67 km)
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Tilden Regional Park, nestled near the city of Berkeley, is a perfect destination for those who want to escape the bustle of the city without a long drive. Although the entrance to the park can get crowded, especially during weekends, hikers will find serene solitude just minutes from the parking lot. The surrounding area is usually shrouded by dense fog in the morning which burns off by mid-day, revealing breathtaking views of rolling hillsides, the Bay, and the San Pablo Reservoir.

The adventure begins on Wildcat Creek trail at the Tilden Nature Area. The trail passes by Little Farm, where hikers are welcome to stop by to feed lettuce and celery to cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, and pigs. Continuing in a clockwise direction, the path leads to Jewel Lake next before proceeding up a steep incline to Wildcat Peak. At the top hikers are rewarded with panoramic views of the reservoir and nearby hills. The path then descends slightly. Veer left at the fork onto Nimitz Way, and then right onto Eagle’s Nest Trail. For this section of the hike an EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District) hiking permit is required. Turn right at the next fork onto Old San Pablo Dam Trail, which follows the western perimeter of the reservoir for some time in a southerly direction. There are several picnic tables and grills available to use along this stretch of the hike, as well as restrooms. Next, turn right onto Inspiration Trail which leads to Inspiration Point, a lookout area with gorgeous vistas. Finally, follow Curran Trail to Meadows Canyon Trail to descend back to the parking lot.

Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunblock, and to wear layers. The weather can shift suddenly as the fog clears and the temperature often rises significantly over the course several hours.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Sweeping views. Plenty of shade. Picnic areas.


Trail can be hard to follow at times.

Trailhead Elevation

525.00 ft (160.02 m)

Highest point

1,197.00 ft (364.85 m)


Vault toilet
Near lake or river
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required


Permit self-issue on site



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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