Wildcat Canyon Hike


Feel like you’re in the wilderness as we hike up to San Pablo Ridge for some of the best views of the Bay Area!

Transportation. Professional guides. Beautiful trails. A fun group to hike with.

This 8-mile loop takes place at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in the Berkeley hills. This 2,220 acre park possesses the unique ability to really make you feel like you’re out there! You may never stray more than a couple of miles from the 2.5 million inhabitants of the East Bay, but Wildcat Canyon feels like it’s in a different world.  Besides the secluded nature of the park, hiking this 8-mile loop also offers impressive views from the top of San Pablo Ridge. From Nimitz Way on top of the ridge, we’ll see San Pablo and Briones Reservoirs to the east, San Francisco Bay and the city skyline to west, and the foothills of the East Bay all around us!

The Trip:

As soon as we leave the trailhead, we’ll enter the densely wooded riparian corridor of Wildcat Creek.  After passing Jewel Lake, we’ll hike along the crystal clear waters of the creek for 2 miles before crossing the creek and hiking up Havey Canyon. The climb up Havey Canyon gains almost 500 feet of elevation over 1.5 miles, and involves some fun creek crossings. We’ll top out on San Pablo Ridge and turn onto paved Nimitz Way. The views from Nimitz Way are nothing short of incredible, and we’ll bask in the scenery as we hike for almost 2.5 miles on the ridgeline. We’ll stop for a break and lunch on San Pablo Ridge before dropping back down into Laurel Canyon. The scenery quickly returns to large oaks, bay laurels, madrones and chaparral as we return to the trailhead.

Level of Experience Recommended:

The Wildcat Canyon Hike is a great trip for fit beginners and regular hikers alike. Be prepared for a full day (5-6 hours) of hiking. This 8-mile, easy to moderate loop is at times strenuous, with a 500 foot climb up Havey Canyon. You should be in good hiking shape and be prepared for the occasional stream crossing. The weather here can vary from cool to hot within a few hours so layered clothing is advised.

Along the way, Jarred & Jenn will show you the way. Meet new friends, explore the trails with experienced guides and make this weekend count!

A thorough trip description will be sent with your confirmation. The details will include when and where to meet, what to bring, and more of what to expect.

You’ll need to bring:

A recommended gear list will come with your confirmed reservation, but you should generally be prepared with the following:

  • Clothes appropriate for the weather (avoid wearing cotton)
  • Appropriate footwear
  • 2 liters of water
  • A small daypack to hold your water and spare clothing layer