Tilden Park Inspiration Loop
ElevationAscent: 828' 252 m
Descent: -848' -258 m
High: 1,142' 348 m
Low: 449' 137 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“This short loop offers some of the best views with a challenging climb.”— Bob Gardner
The Conlon Trail will be a sharp left up a steep gravel road to a viewpoint looking east toward Mt. Diablo. It levels off fairly quickly, swinging around towards the northwest, and just before reaching a cattle gate; look for the viewpoint bench on the hill to the left (west). This is one of the best S.F. Bay panoramas in the area.
Continue past the gate, where the road isn't regularly maintained so it rides more like a singletrack but is rough and beat-up from grazing cattle. After a brief climb, the trail is a downhill run over an open ridge-top with views to the west and north. It gets steeper towards the bottom with some sharp turns and you'll need to watch your speed as there's another gate at the Wildcat Creek Trail junction.
Keep left on Wildcat Creek Trail, which joins the Loop Road back to Tilden Park. The Lone Oak Trail will be on the left and is the start of the Wildcat Gorge Trail. The Meadows Canyon Trail also starts here and is an easier option for returning to Inspiration Point.
The Wildcat Gorge Trail immediately crosses a creek. It is usually rideable with steep banks and a rooty section to get up the other side. This section of the trail is more singletrack, so watch for poison oak along edges. The trail widens to doubletrack once you're in the shaded canyon and there's a short rocky climb followed by another section with exposed roots. It's a shady creek ride all the way to the junction with the Curran Trail.
Continue up the Curran Trail, which is steep in places and a few roots and rocks makes for a challenging climb back to the start at Inspiration Point.
If doing this ride in the clockwise direction, use the Havey Canyon Trail for the connector between Wildcat Creek Trail and Nimitz Way Trail. The junction is just past the Conlon Trail.
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Land Manager: East Bay Regional Park District (CA)