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Jewel Lake, Tilden Regional Park
Jewel Lake, Tilden Regional Park, East Bay Regional Park District    

One of the District's three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youngsters. From a carousel ride and a picnic to a swim at Lake Anza and a stroll through the Botanic Garden, Tilden has variety to delight everyone. Yet there are plenty of quiet places in Tilden's 2,079 acres to shelter the wildlife and preserve natural beauty.

Tilden was named for Charles Lee Tilden, first president of the Park District Board of Directors.

Birds: woodland birds, warbler migration begins.

Hiking Difficulty: 2

Directions:

  • From Walnut Creek take Highway 24 west;
  • Exit Orinda Village and turn right on Camino Pablo (north);
  • Turn left on Wildcat Canyon Rd.;
  • Follow road through park following signs to Jewell Lake;
  • Turn right on Central Park Dr. and follow to the end of the parking lot.

Hiking Difficulty codes:
1=Easy, very few hills to climb
2=Moderately Easy, some small hills to climb
3=Challenging, flat land ranging to gentle to some steep slopes
4=Difficult, some very steep hills to climb

Conversation with a Hawk


One thing we hate to see when we look out the window into the backyard is a brownish streak that zips through and snatches a songbird. The culprit is usually a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk. And, to make things worse, to watch it eat the bird in front of you. I happened to be out in the yard filling bird baths when this exact thing took place, literally a few feet from me. Luckily, the hawk missed its victim and landed on the bird bath.

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