There aren't many parks in the Bay Area that can compete with Golden Gate Park, but in terms of dramatic hikes, soaring views, kids attractions (and adorable piglets), Tilden Park may give San Francisco's crown jewel a run for its money. Tilden is still largely a wilderness, spanning 2,000 acres between the Berkeley Hills and the San Pablo Ridge, and it's not all for the faint of heart. In place of Golden Gate Park's lush meadows and flower beds, Tilden is rocky and steep in places, and the windblown peaks along the trails are a challenge for any hiker. But between the hills, pastoral meadows and babbling creeks fill the valleys. The land was purchased by the East Bay Regional Park District in 1936 and named after Charles Lee Tilden, a San Francisco attorney and UC Berkeley grad who served on the first board of directors of the East Bay Regional Park District. Tilden’s bust now looks out over the park near the Brazilian Room. While many of the park’s attractions were shuttered through the pandemic, the hikes and meadows proved more popular than ever as East Bay residents’ normal weekend activities were curtailed. But now just about everything, from… Read full this story
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