ez east

by
par
Jesse Boudart
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Bay Area

14

mi

km

Distance

distance

50

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Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

2.5

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

1

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

34mm

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

Novice

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ez east

by
par
Jesse Boudart
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Distance

Distance

14

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

50

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

2.5

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

1

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

34mm

Difficulty

difficulté

Novice

description

la description

Ready to explore some dirt in the East Bay hills? Here’s a great route to start with!

Warm up your body with a hot cup of coffee and then head for the hills. You’ll immediately begin climbing steadily on the pavement up into the Berkeley hills. The climb up Spruce St. is a good benchmark climb for riding uphill in the East Bay - this will give you a solid idea of what it’s like to ride up to the trails. You’ll definitely want to make sure your bike’s climbing gears are in working order for this ride.

After what may seem like an eternity, you’ll reach the top! Catch your breath and then drop down a  steep paved descent down toward Tilden Park, where you’ll hit the dirt.  

The fire roads in Tilden start out smooth, and gentle, passing through a combination of eucalyptus and oak forest. As you head out further on Wildcat Creek Trail, the dirt gets a bit rougher and bumpier, and can be especially sticky in the wintertime! You might want to let air out of your tires if the washboard trail feels too rough. However, you’ll enjoy the hilly scenery and gorgeous views on both sides of the trail! 

After miles of dirt, you’ll reach Alvarado Park in Richmond, which has some interesting historic monuments.  If you head up Belgum trail (just a bit off of Wildcat Creek) there are even ruins of an old Sanitarium - pretty spooky for sure.  That explains all the palm trees.  From here on out it’s all pavement.  

You’ll follow the I-80 Bikeway which parallels the freeway for a bit until you rejoin the Ohlone Greenway south, back towards Berkeley and your well-deserved post-ride beverage!

route created on
4/7/21
  • A nice introduction to the East Bay’s dirt
  • Steady paved uphill with a slight downhill on dirt
  • The Wildcat Creek trail is a good one for those who are new to riding off-road
  • Make sure all of your gears work! You’ll need them heading uphill
  • The dirt might be rough, so you might consider letting a little bit of air out of your tires
  • Historic Alvarado Park
  • Belgum Sanitarium ruins
  • Good water availability, typically at trailheads.
loose dirt, hard-packed dirt
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highlights

  • A nice introduction to the East Bay’s dirt
  • Steady paved uphill with a slight downhill on dirt
  • The Wildcat Creek trail is a good one for those who are new to riding off-road

what to know

  • Make sure all of your gears work! You’ll need them heading uphill
  • The dirt might be rough, so you might consider letting a little bit of air out of your tires

points of interest

  • Historic Alvarado Park
  • Belgum Sanitarium ruins

food / hydration

  • Good water availability, typically at trailheads.

terrain

loose dirt, hard-packed dirt

route map

la plan de route

photos

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