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Wildcat Canyon Hike- 8 miles, 845ft elevation gain

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park is located in Richmond, east of interstate 80. The park is a very popular place for hikers and bikers. The park’s ridge offers spectacular and breathtaking 360 views including Mount Tam, Mount Diablo, San Francisco, San Pablo Bay, and eastern Contra Costa County. Wildcat Canyon is a hidden gem of the East Bay Regional Park.

Hike Description

Start Time: 10:30 a.m.

Distance: 8 miles

Elevation Gain: 845 feet

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult due to distance and elevation

Pace: 1.5 – 2 miles per hour

Duration: 6.5 – 7.5 hours

Meeting Place: Alvarado Park, corner of McBryde Avenue and Park Avenue in Richmond, CA

Parking: Park on Park Avenue

We will meet at Alvarado Park on the corner of McBryde Avenue and Park Avenue. Street parking is available on Park Avenue.

Bring a packed lunch, plenty of water and snacks.

Hiking Essentials: water, snacks, lip balm, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect/tick repellent, layered clothing, hat, hiking shoes/boots, and map.

Trail Map:



From El Cerrito, take Interstate 80 east (towards Sacramento) to Richmond and exit at Solano Ave. Turn left at the bottom of the off ramp onto Amador. Continue on Amador to the second stop sign which will be McBryde Ave. Turn right on McBryde and continue to the first stop sign. There are ornamental stone pillars and a tall hedge on the left. This is the entrance to Alvarado Park. Park on the street, and walk across and into Alvarado.

From North Richmond and Pinole, take I-80 west to the McBryde exit. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Mcbryde Ave. Follow McBryde to the second stop sign. The ornamental stone pillars to your left mark the entrance to Alvarado Park. Proceed straight through the stop sign onto Park Ave. Park on the street, and walk across and into Alvarado.

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