Nimitz Way

California

Nimitz Way Facts

States: California
Counties: Contra Costa
Length: 4.1 miles
Trail end points: Wildcat Canyon Rd. in Tilden Regional Park and San Pablo Ridge Trail/Mezue Trail in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7041044
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Nimitz Way Description

Nimitz Way links Tilden Regional Park and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park via the ridge between Wildcat Creek and the San Pablo Reservoir on the northern outskirts of Berkeley. The paved 4-mile trail utilizes an access road to a missile base that was decommissioned in the 1970s.

The trail is not very steep, with a typical grade of 3 percent for most of the trail. Along the way, enjoy scenic views of the reservoir, the San Francisco Bay and Mount Diablo. You may even see a hawk, golden eagle or other raptor. From the trail's western end, hikers, cyclists and horses alike can continue even farther west on the unpaved San Pablo Ridge Trail and Mezue Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for Nimitz Way can be found at the Inspiration Point lot off Wildcat Canyon Road in Tilden Regional Park. There are restrooms here, but no drinking water.

Nimitz Way Reviews

+ Good parking. You'll probably have to park along the road because the Inspiration point parking lot is small.
+ Not very crowded. This trail is kind of out of the way so not too many people visit.
+ Great pavement. Perfectly smooth for strollers.
+ Not too hilly. It has some up and downs which is nice for the variety but none of them are strenuous.

I went at 10am in the morning and the fog was still heavy. Could not see any of the views. On the return stint the fog had lifted.

Around mile 1.5 you walk through a small forest of Eucalyptus tree which is really great.

I only walked half way and then turned around and came back. I am looking forward to going back and doing the full trail sometime.

Nice views.

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