wildcat canyon - Trail, Berkley, California

wildcat canyon - Trail, Berkley, California

DESCRIPTION

Alot of off road if you choose, fat jumps and high speeds. Go for all the off road you can get.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 02, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

Mostly fast pavement/fireroad type riding. A couple of sweet downhills, nice views. Watch out for the cow gates!

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3
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3
[Jul 14, 2008]
phclaw
Cross Country Rider

Check the Wildcat Canyon or Tilden Park maps for bike trails - there are plenty to choose from. Riding Wildcat from the northern entrance all the way to the Visitor's Center and back is around 9 miles...it's fairly straightforward fire trails, but good exercise. Or you can climb up to inspiration point and have a nice downhill. Either way, this network is some good training rides - not too challenging (singletrack), but great scenery and fairly unpopulated if you ride during the week or early on the weekend.

Customer Service

Choose anything from the trailmaps.

Similar Products Used:

Redwood, JM, Briones, Pt Reyes

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4
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4
[Apr 27, 1999]
Anonymous

Fairly strenuous, beginner-level ride.

Customer Service

Start at Alvarodo Park, at the east end of McBride Ave in Richmond. Ride up to Inspiration Point in Tilden Park (Berkeley). First few miles is paved, gradual uphill ... used to be the access road to Nike-X Missle base. Fire road is OK if dry, otherwise it's sticky clay. Last few miles is a multi-use trail with too many people.

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Brines is a better workout. Mt. Diablo has a mile or 2 of good single track.

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2
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[May 19, 1999]
Anonymous

lots of climbing, some rocky stuff that can be ridden fast, some paved riding for recovery or sprint riding, some steep "big grin" downhills in the far end of the ridge in Wildcat. When riding in night, look out for mt. lions, not kidding.

Customer Service

Fom Tilden Park's Wildcat Creek (?) climb up the Current trail, pass near Inspiration Point, up to the top of Skyline, back down to Insoiration Point, ride along the Nimitz (paved) to the the dirt trail begins again, ride up and down the rough and steep hills, cimb back up (don't get lost in those hidden single tracks) to the Nimitz and single track down Harvey Canyob, cilmb back up to the left (do not go past the cow gate to the Wildcat canyon's "easy" trail, unless you're too tired, get back on the ridge)to the Nimitz again, ride down Current trail (watch for hikers.

Similar Products Used:

Brione Park in Orinda ** great place to ride **

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5
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[Jul 25, 1999]
Anonymous

The trail is almost all double track/fireroads. Some of it goes through wooded areas that are well-shaded. The only singletrack is that short steep trail that looks illegal (I don't think it is though).

Several climbs that look intimidating, but they aren't too bad. Two rocky/loose uphills that require finesse.

Customer Service

Starting from Inspiration Point, take the dirt trail (not the Nimitz) and go straight for 50 yeards. But don't take the steep right hand turnoff. You'll see a steep trail that looks like it might be illegal on your left side. Take that and go up until you hit the street, cross the street, and go around the gate to the fireroad. I think this trail is called Seaview - take it all the way up for two great views: on one side is SF Bay, and on the other is Briones and the hills.

Similar Products Used:

None. So far this is the best that I know of around Tilden

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4
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[Oct 01, 1999]
Anonymous

The Berkeley Ridge and the San Pablo Ridge join to the South at Volmer Peak (alt 1905) and Grizzly Peak (1747) in Berkeleys' Tilden Park. Between the two is Big Springs, South Park Road, and Tilden Golf Course, the crown of the Wildcat Canyon watershed which pools to the north at Lake Anza and flows down Wildcat Gorge as the head of Wildcat Creek. The bottom of the Gorge, at about 600 ft altitude, marks the beginning of a gradual decent north through Wildcat Canyon defined by the flow of Wildcat Creek.
Wildcat Creek pools again at Jewell Lake, and flows there from a dam, down under a bridge at Rifle Range Road, where it meets Havey Creek at Tildens' northern border with Wildcat Canyon Park. The Canyon opens to civilization at Alvarado Park, some three miles to the North in Richmond.
This area is really a combination of Wildcat Canyon and Tilden Park. Legal riding is fireroad, passable by jeep except for the Havey Creek washout inundated by El Nino 97-98. One trail is paved and some trails approach singletrack. Most all of it is double-track stretching from Alvarado Staging Area at 200 ft. elevation to Volmer Peak at 1905 ft. elevation.
There are two major trails. The first is the Wildcat Canyon Trail which runs from Alvarado Park and can ascend the Canyon via the Meadow Canyon Trail or via Wildcat Gorge and Curren Trail. The former is the most gradual ascent out of the Canyon and the latter more challenging but often crowded with hikers and dogs. Both are impassible in winter. The second, and longest, trail runs from the top of Volmer Peak and along the full length of the San Pablo Ridge.
The Canyon sees its fewest riders in the wet parts of the year as the rolling hills, the canyon Gorge and floor, and the lower slopes of Grizzly Peak are covered in the most tenacious clay in the world. The rugged sloping ridge which leads to Volmer Peak is largely made of rock and provides year around riding. The paved section of the Nimitz Trail which starts at Inspiration point (1100) and goes along the top of San Pablo Ridge for several miles becomes dirt near the top of Mezue Trail.
The trails connecting Wildcat Canyon Trail and the Nimitz Trail atop San Pablo Ridge in the north end of the Canyon are 1.5-2 mile, 500 to 700 ft climbs, which, in turn, become booming fireroad decents. The trails marbling the West slopes of Volmer Peak tend to be narrower with tighter turns but shorter overall.
In the nicer weather the variety of users is broad and numerous, especially near the Park Entrances in Tilden and Alvarado in Tilden but distance and altitude winnow most of the crowd. This is an Intermediate ride where Beginners can challenge themselves and Advanced riders can get in some solid miles and hone their climbing and downhill skills. Best of all the East Richmond Market on McBryde has a decent selection of post ride goodies.

Customer Service

For mileage climbs, and downhills: start at Alvarado Staging Area heading north and do loops of Wildcat Canyon Trail & San Pablo Ridge Trail (outer Nimitz) and the trails which connect them. For techinical interest and intensity: start at the Seaview Trail near Inspiration Point and climb about Volmer Peak and its' slopes. For the best hit: start at the Alvarado Staging area and take the Wildcat Canyon Trail, up the Wildcat George, Curren Trail and connect to the Seaview Trail to Volmer Peak at 1900 ft. Descend next to South Park Road and connect to the Big Springs trail and the Quarry Trail which dumps you on the road. Take the road back to Inspiration Point and hang with the paved Nimitz Trail until it turns to dirt and go out the San Pablo Ridge Trail. You're talking 20-23 miles here and 2300 ft. elevation.

Similar Products Used:

Briones, Redwood; both capable of inflicting pain.

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4
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[Dec 04, 1999]
Anonymous

Good climbs sometimes technical on Seaview Trail and Havey Cyn. All fire road or double track. Big Springs descent quite rocky. Curran and Mizue descents fun and fast. This ride is approx 14 miles.

Customer Service

Start at Lone Oak Parking lot near the Pony Ride. Ride up Meadow Cyn trail to Inspiration Point. Turn right on Wildcat Cyn Road after .25 mile turn left onto Seaview trail, follow trail for about 3 miles then go right on Big Springs trail. Follow this trail back down to the South Park Road, go across parking lot and back onto trail. Follow back up to Seaview Trail, go left and back to Inspiration Point. Follow Nimitz (paved) trial to Curran Trail, ride trail to Havey Cyn trail then up Havey Cyn to Nimitz. Go left on Nimitz to top of hill then on Mizue trail to Wilcat Cyn trail. Follow Wilcat back to Parking lot via Loop trail.

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4
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[May 28, 2000]
Anonymous

Don't be stupid like me and walk your bike up those two monster hills. Yes, those are traverses and they take you right to the Nimitz trail. This ride is very hilly, some unclimbable (the monster hills), not tons of fun. You're better off staying in Tilden area, or Redwood across the tunnel.

Customer Service

I went along the wildcat creek trail(from tilden) and came up belgian trail.

Similar Products Used:

Redwood

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3
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[Feb 02, 2001]
Anonymous

the regular trail is also alot of fun, but not as nice as the eastbay section of the bay area ridge trail. Take this from clark rd (off san pablo dam rd) up to the trail. turn left and follow into tilden and up to inspiration point. Along there and down to the arlington to moser. then you can get anywhere. back to clark rd is about 22 miles round trip.

Customer Service

if yuo keep an eye out on the main trail you will see some slick singletrack on your right about 2-3 miles in. Take it as far as you can! it is awesome but watch for the low trees on aa part or two.

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4
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[Mar 20, 2001]
Anonymous

Its Quite fun..But theres this big hill which i have never been able to Ride up..(Cuz Im hella Weak) I only know one person who can ride up that hill. At first there are sum pretty huge hill which will get u tired. But once u see the huge hill. Thats the last big hill ull face for a while. Going up is a Hassel but going down later on..is SWEET! u hit around 25-30 mph depending if u use ur brakes. But after that hill u go straight down frum there. and after a while as u keep going ull encounter another big hill. Which is another hassel to go up but like before when u come down. You better have goggles cuz bugs fly in ur face. When u reach tilden u can keep going and ride a Huge hill which if EXTREMELY fun! Its also pretty cold... There are still many trails to explore over there. Im just a 16 Ridin wit my friends

Customer Service

You shuld start out at the Alvarado Area, I live really close to there which is about 2 blocks away frum me. When u see the which says "Alvarado Area" make a right and go straight. U'll eventually end up at this sign which says "Wild Cat Canyon" It is A long bike trail that extends about 3-4 miles long. As you go on ull eventually end up at Tilden park and is Fun riding from there.

Similar Products Used:

This is the only Trail i've been on

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4
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