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Let's Hike in Tilden at Inspiration Point

We will be hiking at 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 after Charles Lee Tilden, first president of the Park District Board of Directors.  Charles Lee Tilden, a Bay Area attorney and businessman who purchased much of the land in order to preserve remaining wilderness areas for public enjoyment. 

This is a family friendly and social hike. 

What to bring:

- Bring a brown bag lunch and additional snacks

- Bring plenty of water

- Good hiking shoes (No tennis shoes)

- Good humor and smiles

- Wear a hat....our hike will be in mostly open sky.

- Sunscreen

Hiking Poles (Optional)

Is this Hike ADA accessible:

There are areas within Tilden Regional Park that are ADA accessible, but the hiking trails for our route are not.

Can I bring my dog:

Dogs are not allowed on this hike.

What are the fees:

Parking is free, but limited. You can park on the side of the road. Carpooling will be helpful to this location. I have setup a online carpooling signup sheet at this link:, if you are able; please signup. I have provided a youtube instructional for the directions to use the site:

What is the difficulty level:

The hike level is rated at easy to moderate - this hike is for the beginner hikers.

Where do we meet at:

We will be meeting and parking at the Inspirational parking lot area. This parking area will be limited in parking spaces because it's heavily used. Carpooling will be helpful to this location. I have setup a online carpooling signup sheet at this link:, if you are able; please signup. I have provided a youtube instructional for the directions to use the site: You may print this map at this link below:

What trails are we taking?

We will be taking the Meadow Canyon Trail from Inspirational Point to Curran Trail; which is all down hill. Then we will take Wildcat Gorge Trail to Meadow Canyon Trail, which is mostly flat. We will take Meadow Canyon Trail back to Inspirational Point, which is a moderate up hill climb.

Lessons Learned:

As good stewards and outdoor practice, we will be practicing "Leave No Trace" on this hike:

Dangers To Be Avoided:

Rattlesnakes: Please be cautious of where you're hiking and stay on the trail. Rattlesnakes are very common on and near the trails, so always watch were your hiking.

Poison Oak: Please be cautious of where you're hiking and stay on the trail. Poison oak can be identified by its leaves—they grow in groups of three and have gently lobed edges. These are commonly found along the trail. They have an oily shine on the leaves, please don't touch.

Ticks: Please be cautious of where you're hiking and stay on the trail. They commonly live in tall grasses, which can be found along the trail. Please check yourself several times along the trial.

Mountain Lions: are rarely sighted on Mount Diablo. Because of their size these animals could become dangerous should they be surprised. Hike with a companion and keep small children near you at all times. Do not run from a lion or crouch down or bend over. Do all you can to appear larger.

*****Please bring a signed copy of the OA waiver to turn in..Please*****

Directions (Google no-longer offers the short URL at this time):

From San Francisco:!data=!1m4!1m3!1d96368!2d[masked]!3d[masked]!4m23!3m22!1m5!1sSan+Francisco%2C+CA!2s0x80859a6d[masked]%3A0x4a501367f076adff!3m2!3d[masked]!4d[masked]!1m5!1sInspiration+Point%2C+Wildcat+Canyon+Rd%2C+Orinda%2C+CA+94563!2s0x80857bf4dd663f0d%3A0xc90678b72405bbab!3m2!3d[masked]!4d[masked]!2e0!3m8!1m3!1d96368!2d[masked]!3d[masked]!3m2!1i1152!2i734!4f13.1&fid=0

From San Jose:!data=!4m19!3m18!1m1!1sSan+Jose!1m5!1sInspiration+Point%2C+Wildcat+Canyon+Rd%2C+Orinda%2C+CA+94563!2s0x80857bf4dd663f0d%3A0xc90678b72405bbab!3m2!3d[masked]!4d[masked]!2e0!3m8!1m3!1d96368!2d[masked]!3d[masked]!3m2!1i1152!2i734!4f13.1&fid=0

From Oakland:!data=!4m19!3m18!1m1!1sOakland%2C+CA!1m5!1sInspiration+Point%2C+Wildcat+Canyon+Rd%2C+Orinda%2C+CA+94563!2s0x80857bf4dd663f0d%3A0xc90678b72405bbab!3m2!3d[masked]!4d[masked]!2e0!3m8!1m3!1d386597!2d[masked]!3d[masked]!3m2!1i1152!2i734!4f13.1&fid=0

From Sacramento:!data=!4m19!3m18!1m1!1sSacramento%2C+CA!1m5!1sInspiration+Point%2C+Wildcat+Canyon+Rd%2C+Orinda%2C+CA+94563!2s0x80857bf4dd663f0d%3A0xc90678b72405bbab!3m2!3d[masked]!4d[masked]!2e0!3m8!1m3!1d96345!2d[masked]!3d[masked]!3m2!1i1152!2i734!4f13.1&fid=0

                         ****** Stay tune for more information ******

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  • Ramona

    It just gets better and better with each Outdoor Afro event I attend. This was my first hike and it was fantastic! Thank you Cliff for organizing this event. I really appreciate the careful planning you did to make sure everyone had a wonderful experience.

    3 · October 27, 2013

  • Cliff S.

    I want to thank everyone whom participated on this event. I had a great time today with everyone. And the weather was great. Today we learned about the difference between Redwood and Giant Sequioa trees. The difference between the California Bay tree and the Italian Bay tree. We also talked about the rock out crop and Sedimentary rock. This hike was an awesome event with beautiful views of Tilden Regional Park. I want to thank everyone whom took photos and shared them. I look forward to seeing everyone at the next event.


    2 · October 27, 2013

  • Alicia w.

    Another wonderful educational outing!

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Linda T.

    Ditto Adeke!!

    October 26, 2013

  • Cherl

    Emergency and can't make it now. :(

    October 26, 2013

  • Tieya

    I've had a little family crisis so can't make it. My apology for the late cancellation. Have fun!

    October 26, 2013

  • Cliff S.

    This is a easy and relaxing hike and good for bringing friends along. If you are able to help with carpooling, be sure to announce your availability on meetup and the carpool link.



    October 25, 2013

  • Cliff S.

    Hello Everyone, I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Be sure to bring a lunch and water. See you there!!!!

    October 25, 2013

  • Erika L. A.

    Change of plans - work and school obligations. Hate to miss out on this hike. Three available slots! Have a great time everyone.

    October 25, 2013

  • Lesley Tiyesha P.

    :-( plans have changed and can't make it now.

    October 23, 2013

  • vh1982

    anyone interested in car pooling from el Cerrito Richmond area.

    October 21, 2013

  • Cliff S.

    There's less than a week to go before we are hiking again in Tilden Regional Park on a great brisk morning. I hope to see you all there.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there ever any places this group hikes that is accessible by public transportation?

    October 20, 2013

    • Cliff S.

      Jacquinn, I have setup a carpooling website page at this link: http://www.groupcarpo...­, if you are able; please signup. I have provided a youtube instructional for the directions to use the site:­. Also voice your location, so others may arrange a pick up location for you. Let me now if you have any questions. Thanks.

      October 21, 2013

  • Sabrina J.

    Sounds like a great time...hate that I'm missing schedule conflicts!

    October 19, 2013

  • Cliff S.

    Hello OA family,

    I will not be changing the hiking route. Everything will remain the same as the hike on Oct. 12th. We may finish early. I hope to see everyone there.

    Be well,


    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Cliff S.

    Hello OA family,
    Please stay tune. I'll be changing the hiking route to make it different from the hike on the 12th. Stay tuned to the revised map.

    October 11, 2013

  • Audra F.

    My apologies. I am on the waitlist for the 12th and thought this was for that hike. Not sure if I can make this date, but hope to go to one of the hikes. :-)

    October 1, 2013

    • Cliff S.

      No worries Audra. I created this event to ease the numbers on the 12th. I look forward to seeing you out in nature.

      1 · October 8, 2013

  • Cliff S.

    Hello OA family,
    I have created another Tilden hike due to the large response. The hike route will be different from the hike on October 12. I want to make this hike unique. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email.



    October 1, 2013

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