East Bay: Wildcat Canyon Wander
Join us on a history and mystery hike in Wildcat Canyon.
Hidden high in the East Bay hills, just up from the “road to nowhere,” lie the ruins of the Grande Vista Sanitarium. It was here that Dr. Henrik Belgum used sometimes unconventional methods to treat his patients. We’ll explore the grounds of the mysterious old sanitarium, enjoy grand views from Grande Vista, and learn how a portion of the Wildcat Creek trail earned the moniker “road to nowhere.”
Photo: Nick Fullerton via Flickr
We’ll assemble at the Wildcat Canyon Staging area.
From El Cerrito, take Interstate 80 east (towards Sacramento) to Richmond and exit at Solano Ave. Turn left at the bottom of the off ramp onto Amador. Continue on Amador to the second stop sign which will be McBryde Ave. Turn right on McBryde and continue to the first stop sign. There are ornamental stone pillars and a tall hedge on the left. This is the entrance to Alvarado Park. Park on the street, and walk across and into Alvarado. For the staging area and trail access, continue straight through the stop sign putting you on Park Ave. The Wildcat Canyon staging area is approximately 1/4 mile farther on Park Ave.
From North Richmond and Pinole, take I-80 west to the McBryde exit. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Mcbryde Ave. Follow McBryde to the second stop sign. The ornamental stone pillars to your left mark the entrance to Alvarado Park. Proceed straight through the stop sign onto Park Ave. for approximately 1/4 mile to reach the Wildcat Canyon staging area.
Bring water, lunch, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes. Bring poles if you normally use them. Questions? Contact Ken Lavin at email@example.com or (415) 543-6771 x321.