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Water Dog Lake Park Loop

 53 votes

Length

6.8 Miles 10.9 Kilometers


75%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,217' 371 m

Ascent

-1,215' -370 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

705' 215 m

High

321' 98 m

Low

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All Clear 2 days ago
Dry: Hardpack, loose over hard, and poison oak. History

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Surprisingly technical singletrack for suburban Silicon Valley.

John Harris

Overview

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

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!

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May 18, 2018
Chris M
Saw 1 rabbit and a dozen riders. 6.8mi — 0h 54m
May 13, 2018
Monica Rosencwaig
May 13, 2018
Chris M
6.8mi — 0h 58m
May 13, 2018
Dmitry Alexeev
10mi
May 12, 2018
Chris M
8mi
May 6, 2018
Chris M
6.8mi
Apr 22, 2018
Chris M
6.8mi
Apr 21, 2018
Chris M
6.8mi

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  4.2 from 52 votes

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#14

in California

#117

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A fun ride, but the uphill battle is tough for a beginner. Muddy days can be an issue for some. Tuck your clothes in! I found a tick on my side in January. :( Jan 7, 2016

 
Overall nice ride, but a bit tricky for beginners, there are quite a few sections with deep ruts, or steep terrain that gets pretty slidy when it's very dry. Jul 23, 2016
With the addition of some good bike lights, I've been night riding here a couple times a week this winter. This park is open 24/7, and is one of the few legal night riding locations in the Bay Area. I'm not sure why it incorrectly states above that it's only open sunrise to sunset. Wednesday evenings are fairly busy and it's popular during the weekends. Other weekday nights are usually pretty empty. There are joggers and walkers, and leashed dogs, but everyone is well-mannered. Be sure to stay aware. There's short, quality singletrack and several options to get in a good workout with climbs and descents, obstacles and hops. The environment feels safe to ride solo at night. A great alternative to Joaquin Miller in Oakland. I prefer riding this park at night, rather than in the day. Be careful of the slimy wooden bridges after rain. Dec 19, 2017

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