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Water Dog Lake Park Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (73) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Surprisingly technical singletrack for suburban Silicon Valley.


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Map Key

7.4

Miles

12.0

KM

75%

Singletrack

705' 215 m

High

326' 99 m

Low

1,087' 331 m

Up

1,083' 330 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Open sunrise to sunset. Trails are multi-use, but you're not likely to see horses here. Dogs are permitted on leash.

Overview

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.

Description

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!

Contacts

Shared By:

John Harris with improvements by Mike Anciaux

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 73 votes

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  4.2 from 73 votes
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Photos

Good video showing the trails of Water Dog.
Sep 9, 2019 near San Carlos, CA
Water Dog Lake Open Space - Finch Trail - Rambler Trail
Aug 28, 2018 near San Carlos, CA
Sunset from John Brooks
Aug 15, 2015 near Highlan…, CA
Looking back at Upper Creek trail
Aug 15, 2015 near San Carlos, CA
Taking a break after climbing the switchbacks
Aug 15, 2015 near San Carlos, CA
Water Dog Lake Park, Belmont, CA
Apr 29, 2013 near San Carlos, CA

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Jul 1, 2020
Joshua Davis
Some technical climbing! Not a beginner run. Had a blast. Wore out my legs. Some singletrack are rooted out. Couple of low limbs 8.8mi — 2h 00m
Jun 24, 2020
Norbert Barbosa
1h 23m
Oct 27, 2019
CdoneIT West
First time — 12h 47m
Sep 27, 2019
Mike Ao
Sep 24, 2019
Andrew Matthews
11h 50m
Aug 2, 2019
Jason Hernandez
19h 30m
Jun 29, 2019
Fabian Frank
1h 30m
Jun 2, 2019
Ryan Notch
1,349 ft climb 12.1mi — 1h 44m