Monday, November 18, 2013

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Twelve
Nimitz Way, Tilden Regional Park

Nimitz Way, Tilden Regional Park, in spingtime
What it's like:
Nimitz Way is a ribbon of pavement threaded through the East Bay Hills above Berkeley. Enjoy great views and dry trail on this 3.7 mile out and back excursion.

Why now:
Rain can be one of those hiker-blockers that keep us off the trails. Nimitz Way is one the best rainy day (or week) hikes, since it's paved. Expect best views just after storms, when the air is clear.

If you can't make it this week:
Great any time.

Insider tip:
South Park Drive is closed to vehicles during newt migration (early November-April). If you're driving to Tilden from the south on Grizzly Peak Boulevard, continue past the junction with South Park, turn right on Shasta, then turn right on Wildcat Canyon Road.

Tilden's Nimitz Way is hike number 35 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition). Read about this hike on BAHiker.

Alternate choice:
Sawyer Camp Trail. This peninsula path may be the most-heavily trod trail in the entire Bay Area. If you've never tried it because in the words of Yogi Berra, "nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded," give it a try! It's marvelous for running and the trailside scenery is super-lovely. You stand the best chance at a parking spot on a rainy weekday morning.

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