Hiking around East Bay SF: Tilden Regional Park

A true gem in the East Bay this park has something for everyone. I visited Tilden Regional Park [Wildcat Canyon Rd, Orinda, CA 94563] to take a hike on the Nimitz Way trail. It begins at Inspiration Point, a sight so lovely it’s worth seeking out even if you aren’t in the mood to take a hike.

The trail is paved and goes on for four miles, mostly flat the entire way, so it is perfect for hiking, jogging, and very family oriented.

Miles are marked along the way so you will know how far you have come.

You may see blue birds,

birds of prey,

brilliant flowers,

views of the Golden Gate Bridge,

the city skyline,

and views of the natural beauty of the land which are simply endless.

I came just for the walk, but couldn’t pass up the Regional Parks Botanic Garden when I saw a sign for it, dedicated to displaying native plants of California.

The park is small, but its easy to lose yourself in its maze of trails.

The flowers,


and birds are exceptional.

Hummingbirds are known to be territorial, so this guy wasn’t going to leave his tree, but told me to get out of here by ruffling those hot colored feathers!

You never know what you’re going to find in the garden.

I just had a sampling of what there is to offer at this park, in addition I learned there is a carousel and swimming at Lake Anza. So much beauty and nature, just minutes outside of San Francisco.

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