Backpacking Trip: Tilden to Don Castro

Jul 29th, 2020

Description: Dramatic views, redwood groves, and open grasslands await you on this adventure along to ridgeline of the East Bay.

Vehicle Logistics: No overnight parking at Tilden, arrange for a drop off. Drop off car overnight near Ridge Trail Park on Rancho Palomores Drive.

Permit Note: EBMUD lands require purchasing a permit for access. EBMUD permit link

Water: Non potable water at Sibley Camp. Water available at Golden Gate Steamers, Skyline Gate, and Redwood Gate. Limited water accessibility through Chabot to Cull Canyon.


Day 1: Tilden, Inspiration Point – Sibley camp 6.8 miles

Mileage / Elevation: 6.8 miles / 1800’ gain

Maps: Tilden to Sibley

Camp: Sibley Camp. Primitive hike in site, reservation required, $5 per person.

Day 2: Sibley Camp – Two Rocks Camp

Mileage / Elevation: 15 miles / 1800’ gain

Maps: Skyline Gate to Bort Meadow, Chabot Regional Park

Camp: Chabot, Two Rocks Camp: Primitive hike in site, reservation required, $5 per person.

Day 3: Two Rocks Camp – Ridge Trail Park, Don Castro

Mileage / Elevation: 9 miles / 1200’ gain

Maps: Chabot to Cull Canyon

Total: 30.8 miles, 4800’ elevation gain



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