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Easy going trail. I was hoping for more of a scenic view because of the name "Bayview" but it's mostly covered by trees. The shade keeps you cool. Nice, easy hike.

Instead going in a loop, I started at the Alvarado Staging Area, followed the Wildcat Creek Trail, walked all the way to the Jewel Lake in the Tilden Nature Area. I then followed the Lower Packrat trail and back to the Wildcat Creek Trail. It makes an excellent route for a hot summer afternoon walk.

Great moderate hike. Should be done counterclockwise as recommended. Cinderella Trail has loose gravel, some short but narrow claustrophobic portions, steep gradient in a couple of places. Id prefer to come down on it rather than going up, hence counterclockwise.
The trails are all very well marked, however, Cinderella trail can be difficult to find. make sure you have GPS phone with a downloaded map.

10 days ago

Fantastic park, but it's not Yosemite for sure. Great local preserve.