East Bay: Tilden Wildflowers and More

Sunday, April 19, 2020
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free - Reservations Required
Tilden Regional Park
Contra Costa County




Join us for a natural and cultural history hike in Tilden, queen of the regional parks.

Regional Park Botanic Garden docent and amateur ethnobotanist Alan Siegel will identify wildflowers and explain edible, medicinal, and cultural uses of native plants we encounter along the trail.  Our route takes us past the park’s mysterious stone walls and a whimsical labyrinth at an old Nike missile site. We’ll watch red tail hawks soar above while enjoying spectacular views (weather permitting) of the Sierra Nevada, Farallon Islands, and the North Bay.

Like most of you, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 news and information, and we’re following guidelines from the World Health Organization, CDC, and local government to stay healthy.

Based on that guidance, our small group outdoor hikes will continue this week. However, we ask that participants and leaders follow recommended public health guidelines and social distancing protocols to stay safe. View our protocols here.

Photo: Ken Lavin


Outing Leaders:
Alan Siegel
Total Distance:
This is a moderate 5 mile hike with a 900 foot elevation gain.
Weather Policy:

Heavy rain cancels.

Where to Meet:

We’ll assemble at the Big Spring Trailhead on South Park Drive, just uphill from the East Bay Regional Park Botanic Garden. By car, the trail can be accessed from Grizzly Peak Drive or from Wildcat Canyon Drive which intersects with South Park Drive. Free parking on South Park Drive in Tilden Park and at the Big Spring trailhead. There’s overflow parking on South Park Drive and at the nearby Arroyo Trailhead on South Park Drive.

Leaders Note:

We will ascend on the Big Spring Trail, proceed toward Vollmer Peak on the upper Sea View Trail, returning and completing the circle on the lower Big Spring Trail back to the parking area.

Bring water and a snack. Dress in layers and wear good hiking shoes. Bring poles if you normally use them. If you have questions about this outing, email klavin@greenbelt.org or phone 415-543-6771 x321.

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