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California Trails

San Francisco, CA: Wildcat Canyon Loop, Tilden Regional Park

This 6.6-mile loop visits 1,211-foot Wildcat Peak before dropping down the Conlon Trail to Wildcat Creek.

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Target the fall-winter rainy season for this hike, which stays doable even in mud season. Keep an eye out on Wildcat Creek for Tilden’s famous migratory newts, which, in mating season, travel up to two miles from their dry summer habitats to the creeks where the were born.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.7

Waypoints

WCL001

Location: 37.909602, -122.264859

Start at the Visitor Center on the Upper Packrat Trail

WCL002

Location: 37.912902, -122.269456

Turn right on the Peak Trail

WCL003

Location: 37.919238, -122.262169

Wildcat Peak

WCL004

Location: 37.919638, -122.258456

Turn left on Nimitz Way

WCL005

Location: 37.924061, -122.262269

Go left on the Conlon Trail (or continue to the Havey Trail, possibly more scenic but very muddy in winter).

WCL006

Location: 37.933855, -122.288196

Turn left on the Wildcat Canyon Trail. Look for newts in this section.

WCL007

Location: 37.91296, -122.269549

Retrace your steps back to Little Farm.