The Seaview Trail
Length 3.6 mi · Climbing 850 ft
The popular Seaview Trail loop is one of the East Bay's most enjoyable short hikes. The trail first passes through attractive open meadows and woods, then climbs to a peak with great views of San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Reservoir. It then descends through some very nice groves of ridgetop trees. The loop is entirely on dirt roads.
The hike gets off to a good start as, after leaving the parking lot and crossing through a really nice picnic area, the trail begins to climb through an open meadow with views of the surrounding conifer- and eucalyptus-clad hills. Tilden's unique variegated look, its open meadows streaked with little patches of woodland made of an unusual variety of trees, is at its best here.
The trail enters the first stand of trees and then starts to descend, eventually reaching another parking lot. Staying to your left, walk through the parking lot and take the dirt road on the other side.
The rocky road ascends somewhat steeply. Even though one side is lined with trees, in summer it can be a hot climb.
Reaching a dirt road T intersection, turn left and continue climbing. There's a fine view of San Pablo Reservoir through some dead trees, then you get a nice view of San Francisco and the bay.
At the hike's highest point are some picnic tables and benches, plus an excellent view to the west. There are also views to the east, but they're partially screened by trees.
The still-rocky road descends, again somewhat steeply; it can be easy to lose your footing on all the loose rocks and gravel. The trail passes through some fine groves of trees on its way back to the parking lot.
© 2013 David Baselt