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Berkeley through Tilden loop

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

At this point you'll see a hill to the east right above the Steam Trails with lots of antennae on it called Vollmer Peak; it's a little higher than Grizzly Peak and about 1/2 mile east of it. Ride past the Steam Trains parking up the gated paved road towards Vollmer. Ride around Vollmer until you get a good view of Mt Diablo (people fly miniature airplanes here alot). Don't bother to summit unless you like checking out radio transmitters. This is the top of your ride -- put on your windbreaker and helmet! Continue down this ridgetop going North towards Inspiration Point. This is Dog Run -- or, I think, 'Seaview Trail'. It's a fire road that bikes are permitted on. It'll swoop down and up and down again, some ruts on the road. Stay on ridgetop, eventually the road will drop into some pine trees, make a couple of big switch backs, and you're down at road next to Inspiration Point. Cross the road, ride down a little 1/4 mile of single track (maybe forbidden, in which case ride around it to the east or walk your bike down it). There's a 4 way intersection, go north (straight) through the intersection from the trail. This is a road lower than the Nimitz road that runs parallel to it through Tilden. It takes you around to the Pony Rides. From here ride follow the signs to Berkeley, you'll ride up a steep climb to Grizzly Peak rd and Spruce St. At this point I usually ride up Grizzly to Euclid and down Euclid. Not technical, but a good workout!
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Latitude
37.87976516016263
Longitude
-122.22629070281982
Trail Directions
Starting in northside Berkeley. I ride up Buena Vista or Shasta rd. to Grizzly Peak Blvd. Follow Grizzly up to the south towards Oakland hills. After the very highest pt (Grizzly Peak) you'll begin to drop, take the next left road towards the Steam Trails.
Trail Length
12? miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Berkeley
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 23, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mrpercussive ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It's a cross country haven... Wide fire roads with some fun downhills but nothing too technical. Beginner to intermediate level.

Recommended Route:
Climb from downtown to Volmeer Peak via Grizzly Peak Boulevard. Go down the Sea View trail, the take the hairpin left to the bigsprings. Ride through the quarry and then road to Inspiration Point. Then ride down the meadows, climb Wildcat Gorge, then down Wildcat Gorge. Climb the Meadows up, then ride Nimitz til paved becomes asphalt. Take the hairpin left and ride conlon. Turn left on Wildcat Canyon and decide if you want to do it again or ride Havey Canyon or that other trail towards El Sobrante...



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Review Date
August 5, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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4.75 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Dan , from Berkeley

Summary:
The highlight of following this route is the challenging climb that keeps going up in difficulty, then the best view in tilden when it's done.
(Winding up the loose rock of seaview is fun.)
The golf course descent is what you make it- you can hit some fast speeds and one section gets scary if you hit it with momentum.
A great 9 mi loop to do repeatedly and shave your time.

Recommended Route:
The first guy did it backwards!
1) start at the bottom of Nimitz- a good gradual uphill
2) head right on wildcat cyn- start up seaview on the left
3) after seaview head right on grizzly peak, then down south park dr.
4) Get on Golf Course Tr on left- signs to "Gillespie Youth Camp"-- ride it out till you get to Golf Course Dr.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pine Mountain Loop, Marin- similar difficulty, 2X distance



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Review Date
October 25, 2001

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rider , from CA

Summary:
Saw this trail reviewed so decided to give it a go when I was up in the area. Beginner trails, wide fire roads, overall rather boring. It would be a good area to train for 24hr events, since you can rack up a ton of miles on dirt, with a good amount of climbing. But otherwise, talk to some local LBS and find some better trails if you really want to use your MTB.

Recommended Route:
I entered from Spruce St. and read the whole area (lots of miles with little excitement).



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Review Date
April 27, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: chris , from berkeley

Summary:
beg. to intermed..nice climb, not too hard not easy, some single tracks watch for ped. & horses & dogs

Recommended Route:
meadow-(cross the paved road to/from Inspiration pt)skyview-quarry-currant trails

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wilcat canyon, Red Wood, Joaquin Miller



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