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Carlmont Hills (Water Dog Lake)

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 41

very fun some technical areas and an insane downhill course at the end if you dare.After you cross the paved road at the top of the steep hill there is a big jump that is like a bowl,make a left right at that jump to try the downhill course.It has big jumps and steep downhills.
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Latitude
37.50577679728564
Longitude
-122.3001480102539
Trail Directions
Take highway 92 to Ralston exit make a left on Ralston and then a right on Hallmark go down the hill about a hundred yards and watch for the entrance on the left side.
Trail Length
4 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Belmont
   


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Review Date
November 29, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Quinn Felton ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live right at the edge of the trails, riding them at least once a day. They have steep sections that you can try all day to ace, if you know where they are. The climbs are a great challenge but be prepared to hike a bike on some. Ride with somebody that knows their way around the trails. If you are in pro jumps the DH course is amazing, even if I can only scratch the surfeit of it. Just try not to get lost, nor should you go to fast on upper canyon, the fire road, for berry trail, without somebody to go down before to stop people.

Recommended Route:
Down lake trail, around the lake and up berry. Al the way over the top to rambler, then down to lower canyon creek and take a left to continue down it. Head up upper canyon reek and up the finch switch backs. Goal the way back to the top of elevator, head down that and go to the left on to chapperal. Go on chap. until the end the. Head to the right and back down berry trail. Staying in the right hand side at the fork. When it goes down to a little ditch, go down it if you want super steep technical. This will head to a parking lot. Go to the street and head right until it goes back to the trail head. Go up chapperal switchbacks until their are three bridges, and head straight up the bridges, stay on that trail until you get to tthe rambler and head back up going over to the john brooks trail head. It is about 12 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skaggs



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Review Date
January 27, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: snotrocket ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail can be started at a couple of different entrances. I prefer the John Brooks trail entrance. Taking the John Brooks to Chaparal to Ohlone to Rambler to Finch to Upper Creek and then then DH Coarse Back up Lake Trail Most weekends are not crowded on these trails. There is nothing way to technical on the single track sections and only one hike a bike section on the climbing (trail was too loose for traction on a very steep section about 50 feet). The DH coarse had some nice jumps and some other things that are way above my ability. But then again I'm riding a XC bike not a 6" to 10" travel bike. Anyhow

Most riders are on bikes at are 5K or more. I think that is more of a Peninsula thing and "keeping up with the Jones" but don't get me wrong not hating here. It is just an observation. The old saying goes "Good things come to those that earn it".

Watch out for poison oak. It is everywhere.

I just moved to Belmont 5 months ago and I think it is a decent local ride.

Recommended Route:
I have only ridden John Brooks to Chaparal to Ohlone to Rambler to Finch to Upper Creek and then then DH Coarse back up Lake trail. This loop is less than an hour of ride time

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skeggs, Whitmore, Purissma and 914



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Review Date
May 31, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: FriscoFairlane ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I swear, Waterdog is one of the worst places I have ever ridden. I can deal with the dry, gravelly trails. I can deal with the poorly marked intersections. I can deal with the many, many dead ends. It's not great terrain, but there's some good hits and it's right next to where I used to work.

What I can't deal with are the f-ing a-holes that ride at this place. I don't know what the problem is with these Belmont f-nuts, but I have never ran into such a bunch of carbon-bike riding jerkass Freds in my entire life. I swear, I tried to talk to two different people, and they didn't even respond. At all. Totally pretended like they didn't hear me. Was it because I was riding a $1,200 hardtail and not a $10k carbon boing-boing? Was it because I wear baggy MTB shorts instead of the latest XC weenie kit? I have no idea.

Over the years I have found MTBrs to be a pretty friendly group, but these Belmont jerks can suck suckity suck it. I don't work near Waterdog anymore, and I'll probably never ride there again.

Recommended Route:
Somewhere else.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skeggs Point



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Review Date
February 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Ken ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A very intense and exciting place to ride! I went by myself, I wouldn't recommend that!

Recommended Route:
www.singletracks.com



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Review Date
December 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Eat Dirt ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Pretty awesome trail. Gradually gets harder toward the bottom with bigger drops, jumps, a couple ladder platforms (red one is falling apart. when i rode it it felt like the platrom itself was going to colapse.), and steep Downhill. Definately an amazingly well built and maintained trail.

Recommended Route:
look up Carlmont High School, Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont, CA on google maps using the satilite mode. On the street right above it (Hastings Drive) there is a small parking lot thing with a white rail. follow the trail up the hill to the left behind a house to the accual trail. Have Fun!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I would recomend for dirt jumping in Shells in Foster City, or for DH Boy Scout and Cave trails in Pacifica/Lindamar.



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