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North San Pablo Ridge
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North San Pablo Ridge

 
North San Pablo Ridge

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.94846°N / 122.28727°W

Object Title: North San Pablo Ridge

County: Contra Costa

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 1057 ft / 322 m

 

Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Jan 28, 2011 / Nov 18, 2013

Object ID: 694981

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Overview

 
San Pablo Ridge north pano
North from San Pablo Ridge
San Pablo Ridge is the northern part of the "Oakland Hills". This is a 20 mile Coast Range uplift which runs roughly from Castro Valley to the south to El Sobrante to the north. San Pablo Ridge is a series of mostly open grassy hills and is the main feature of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.
A good system of trails lead through some cattle country to the highpoint of 1,057'. The unobstructed 360 views of the northbay from this point are quite outstanding.
The hike to the peak can be done as part of a 6 mile loop or a hill climb over a few rollers from several trailheads.

Getting There

 
San Pablo Reservoir and Mt. Diablo from San Pablo Ridge
Over San Pablo Reservoir to Mt. Diablo from San Pablo Ridge peak
Wildcat Canyon Staging Area
From Interstate 80 north
get off on San Pablo Dam Road. Go right .3 miles to San Pablo Ave. Turn left and go .4 miles to Mc Bryde Ave. Turn left and go .5 miles (back under the freeway) to the stop sign across from with the Alvarado Park stone pillars. Continue on Park Ave. another 1/4 mile to the Wildcat Canyon Staging Area (el. 180'). This parking lot packs out on popular days but there is additional parking along the road to the right.
From Interstate 80 south get off on San Pablo Ave. and go north .7 miles to Mc Bryde Ave.. Turn right and go .5 miles to the stop sign across from Alvarado Park. Continue another 1/4 mile to the staging area parking lot.

The 6 mile loop takes the Wildcat Creek Trail 2 miles along the base of the ridge on an utterly boring deserted asphalt road bordering a neighborhood with no views. Then it climbs to the left up the Mezue Trail for 1.2 miles to the San Pablo Ridge Trail and turns left .3 miles to the 1,057' peak with fine views opening up along the way. There is a bench at the top facing west to relax and enjoy the views.
From there the San Pablo Ridge Trail continues northwest down from the highpoint and over some rollers approximately 1 mile where it connects with the Belgum Trail. The Belgum Trail goes west about .8 mile back down to the Wildcat Creek Trail. Turn right .4 miles back to the parking lot.
The direct route to the top takes the Wildcat Creek Trail .4 miles to the Belgum Trail. Go left up the Belgum Trail about .8 miles and continue to the southeast on the San Pablo Ridge over some steep little rollers to the 1,057' peak.

Other trailheads are:
Rifle Range Road Go .5 miles to the Wildcat Canyon Road then left .3 miles to the Mezue Trail.
Clark Road Go .7 miles up to the junction with the Belgum Trail.

The San Pablo Ridge peak is also accessible from the Conlon Trail and the Wildcat Creek Trail out of Tilden Natural Area to the southeast.

If you're lazy, have time constraints or want instant gratication you can drive along the top of the ridge on Nimitz Way to a highpoint of 1,040' and hike .8 miles along the top to the 1,057'.

Red Tape

 
The Golden Gate from San Pablo Ridge
Sunset over the Golden Gate from San Pablo Ridge
 
San Pablo Ridge from the northwest
San Pablo Ridge from the northwest (from the Belgum Trail)
No fees or permits are required.
For details on rules and regulations go to Park Activities in Wildcat Regional Park

Camping

 
Cirrus Symphony from San Pablo Ridge
Sky over San Pablo Ridge
There is no camping in Wildcat Regional Park.

Current weather and 5 day forecast

 
San Pablo Ridge from Marin County
Across the northbay to San Pablo Ridge from Marin County
For current weather and 5 day forecast for the Berkeley area click here.

Images

Cirrus Symphony from San Pablo RidgeSan Pablo Ridge peak from Mezue TrailSan Pablo Ridge north panoSan Pablo Reservoir and Mt. Diablo from San Pablo RidgeThe Golden Gate from San Pablo RidgeSan Pablo Ridge peak from the northSan Pablo Ridge peak from San Pablo Ridge Trail
San pablo Ridge northwest panoSan Pablo Ridge from the northSan Pablo Ridge from Marin CountyNorth to San Pablo Bay from San Pablo RidgeNorth along the San Pablo Ridge TrailSan Pablo Ridge from the northwest Mt. Tam as seen from the E Bay Hills