Water Dog Lake Park Loop

Consensus:    (details)
  4.0 from 21 votes
blue  Intermediate from 13 votes
Rank: #1 in the Belmont area
#13 in CA, #119 Overall
Views: 10,459. Last 30 days: 467
Condition Details | Update
Jul 23 Green - Dry
Featured Ride in the area near San Carlos,
“Surprisingly technical singletrack for suburban Silicon Valley.”
John Harris on Apr 29, 2013
Getting There     GPX File     Print
6.810.9 milesKilometers 1,217’371 m Ascent 705’215 m High 7% Avg Grade (4°)
75% Singletrack -1,215’-370 m Descent 321’98 m Low 30% Max Grade (17°)
Open sunrise to sunset. Trails are multi-use, but you're not likely to see horses here. Dogs are permitted on leash.
1:18 average time for 7.3 miles. Details

Water Dog Lake Park consists of steep sided Chaparral surrounding a small lake, nestled in suburban Silicon Valley. But dont let that fool you, this is a surprisingly technical trail system if you stay off the fire road.
Need To Know
Watch out for Poison Oak.
This 6.8 mile loop covers most of the trails in the park and almost all of the singletrack. The trail is often narrow and traverses steep sided chaparral. It's laid out for bike riding so while it's sometimes steep, it's always rideable. There are a few steep loose, rutted sections and narrow wooden bridges that may intimidate the less experienced rider, but they can be easily avoided.

The loop takes an hour or less if you're fit and don't stop, more than an hour if you stop or are not familiar with the route. Once you have it dialed in this can be a rip-snortingly fast ride. Have fun!
View in 3D
4.4 (25)
A classic sampling of the great riding available at El Corte Madera Open Spac...
near Portola Valley, CA
4.2 (6)
Mostly doubletrack and fire roads. Wow views, big trees, and tough climbing....
near Woodside, CA
4.0 (1)
Lots of climbs and lots of decents. Fun and takes about 2 hours
near Portola Valley, CA

Your To-Do List: Not on it   Add it! | Your Full List ›
Your Check-Ins:
Add a New Check-In | View All ›
Your Opinion:
Difficulty: -none- Change to: greengreenBlueblueblueBlackblackdoubleblack
Share This Page
Improve This Page
Add Photo or Map Symbol
Edit Description or GPS track

PHOTOS of Water Dog Lake Park Loop
  3.0 from 3 votes
Taking a break after climbing the switchbacks (San Carlos, CA)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Looking back at Upper Creek trail (San Carlos, CA)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Ohlone trail in the shade of the laurel and oak trees (San Carlos, CA)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Sunset from John Brooks (Highlands-Baywood Park, CA)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Water Dog Lake Park, Belmont, CA (San Carlos, CA)