We return to Rifle Range Rd, the street that leads from the hilly part of El Cerrito to a trailhead entering the Tilden Nature Area from the Wildcat Creek side. There is mossy riparian growth, then a small bridge over Wildcat Creek, and five minutes into the trail, rolling hills and open terrain. There is no water other than the creek's, and no bathrooms but plenty of shade for 3/4 of the way. Park at the end of Rifle Range.
Directions from Berkeley: From The Circle, take North Arlington Rd, past Kensington and Moeser Lane. You will soon see Arlington Park's play structures on your right, Thors Lane Rd, and Rifle Range Road to your right. Turn right on RR Rd. The road twists and turns but has a dead end behind some condos.
Directions from El Sobrante, El Cerrito, etc: From 80, take the McBride exit, turn left, and go all the way up McBride past Yuba, to North Arlington Rd to your right. Take North Arlington Rd, pass the golf course and carefully watch for Rifle Range Road to your left. The road twists and turns but has a dead end behind some condos.