Super Hike and Yoga on Wildcat Ridge

The Tuesday Training series continues with an awesome hike at Tilden Regional Park – Wildcat Canyon. This hike was organized by the East Bay Hiking and Yoga Club founder Tamara, who leads weekly hikes in the Berkeley hills.  I’ve led a few community yoga sessions with this club at the Berkeley Rose Garden and Codornices Park after shorter hikes, so I was excited when Tamara suggested this longer 8-9 mile loop.  Peregrina friend Cathy Seitchik Diaz joined us since she planned to be in the East Bay to watch the Super Bowl with family later that day. We met at Inspiration Point at 9:30 am and Tamara led us on a wonderful 8.75 mile loop in Tilden-Wildcat Canyon Park . It was a crisp, clear winter day and the hills were green thanks to our El Niño winter.

We had a few #PilgrimStrong moments, like hopping a cattle gate and trudging through some mud – but we are stronger for it and we made it home by kickoff! 🙂

Mama cows were blocking the cattle gate so we climbed over the fence. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

Mama cows were blocking the cattle gate so we climbed over the fence. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

There's nothing like doing yoga with a bay view

We took a break at the ridge to do standing yoga poses. There’s nothing like yoga with a San Francisco Bay view!

Satellite view of our hike tracked with AllTrails App.

Wildcat

Hike Stats:

DISTANCE 8.75 mi
AVERAGE SPEED 3.2 mph
MOVING TIME 02:44:18
ELEVATION GAIN 961 feet
MAX SPEED 5.1 mph
TOTAL TIME 03:42:10

Below are a few photos. Click to view captions.

About The Park

One of the District’s three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youngsters. From a carousel ride and a picnic to a swim at Lake Anza and a stroll through the Botanic Garden, Tilden has variety to delight everyone. Yet there are plenty of quiet places in Tilden’s 2,079 acres to shelter the wildlife and preserve natural beauty. Tilden was named for Charles Lee Tilden, first president of the Park District Board of Directors. The park is reached via Canon Drive, Shasta Road, or South Park Drive, all off Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley.

Hiking and Biking

There are 39.41 miles of trails in Tilden Park, through many different kinds of terrain.  The larger multi-use trails allow hikers, bicyclers, and horses, some are for hikers and horses only, and the smaller single-track trails are for hikers only.  See the legend and trail designations on the trail map below for specific details.  Trail mileages are marked in sections of the trails, and topographical lines give you information on steepness of the terrain.  Trail maps can be found at most of the bulletin boards at trailheads in the park, or you can print one yourself (see http://www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden).

Nimitz Way, paved and wheelchair accessible, is popular with hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians, and affords spectacular views from the crest of the East Bay hills. The best parking for this trail is at Inspiration Point on Wildcat Canyon Road. Please note there is no drinking water at this parking area, and dogs must be on a leash on Nimitz way. The East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail follows Nimitz Way and other Tilden trails during part of its 31-mile route.

I highly recommend this trail while the hills are still green.   See maps and more information.

See you on the trail!

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