Tilden Regional Park is a 2,079-acre regional park on the edge of Berkeley above the UC Berkeley campus. The park is part of the extensive East Bay Regional Park District. Along with swimming at Lake Anza in the summer, strolling through a botanical garden, nature area, farm, and golf course, there are also nearly 40 miles of trails available to explore at Tilden.
What Makes It Great
From narrow dirt single track that will challenge a runner’s technical skills to easy paved trail, there’s something here for every kind of running preference. Trailheads and junctions are posted with maps, and printed versions are available to carry with you. Park at any of the parking areas and head out from there.
One of the most popular trails in Tilden is Nimitz Way, a 4-mile paved trail that starts from Inspiration Point. Located on the eastern side of the park, the trail follows the ridges through Wildcat Canyon Regional Park before ending on a peak with scenic views of San Francisco Bay. Watch out for the cattle guards.