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Water Dog Lake

Average Rating:    (3.82 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 34

Good after work ride. Not a big park, but you can loop different routes together. Watch for poison oak during the summer.
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Latitude
37.50591297475136
Longitude
-122.30010509490967
Trail Directions
off of Ralston Ave
Trail Length
4-6 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Belmont
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Review Date
May 11, 2015

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ZabtheCherk ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There are a few technical singletrack routes that are fun to lap but nothing more than a 3-4 min descent if you take it from the top. Its a great afternoon ride if you only have a few hours to pedal. Some of it is very tame, mostly up to the right of the entrance, and is great for beginners.

Recommended Route:
Park at the end of Carlmont Drive.

Warm up route: Upper Creek trail is a nice easy ascent, take it all the way up to Hastings Drive so you can add the upper portion to your downhill and use the drop in to Canyon Creek Trail. Take canyon creek trail back to the bottom.

Route 2 more technical: Take Upper Creek trail up and continue up Giant Salamander/Finch. This is not the easiest way up but I've found its the quickest. Turn left on to Rambler Trail and continue on just past the steep uphill with a techy drop, then turn around and drop in. Ride straight down Rambler (you can lap it by taking a left at the end and going up the slalom that crosses it) and continue to the bottom, taking a left on canyon creek trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Carlmont hills, mile run, shell dunes



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Review Date
April 12, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: osorio ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A jewel when you consider what is around. Have ridden it twice during the week and can imagine it is a bit crowded on the weekends. The downhills can be very technical and there are easier ways around the steepest versions in most cases. I do not understand how someone can hammer Water Dog, it really worth it, but it is also a workout. A XC rider will get more out of Water Dog than a heavy armor clad DHer. If you are in area, a must do.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise and pick the right trails to come back on counter-clockwise direction, or redo the firetrail climb for a repeat round clockwise doing a different trail combo on the downhill selection.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mount Hamilton and Mount Sutro in the Middle of SF, and the Pacifica side of Sweeney Ridge and surrounding trails.



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Review Date
August 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: rpalmer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I did the advanced figure 8 loop suggested by Passion Bikes, and I was really excited to try it from what everyone was telling me and reading reviews on here about it. I was abysmally disappointed. About halfway through I considered just bailing out because I was so bored but told myself there had to be something good that I hadn't found yet -- I never found it, even though I completed the ride. The little platforms were kinda fun, but the reason they are there, I think, is because the rest of the ride is so pitifully boring. I have just as much fun riding around in my bike yard as I did here. Mad props to the city of Belmont for allowing bikes to ride here, seriously, but if you want some truly serious stuff without going to Utah for it, park your car at the BOTTOM of El Corte Madera (not at Skeggs Point) and ride up and then back down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
El Corte Madera



Comments
Berry Stevens (06/12/2009)
There are always posers who will dis anything
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Review Date
March 30, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dhfrcmont ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trails are great, super fun and technical, new latters being built, overall is super smooth with dual suspension, some sketchy parts.........

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Carlmont jumps, some of the craziest jumps, gaps, drops. Stuff that can test even pros.



Comments
dhfrcmont (03/30/2008)
yeah
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Review Date
March 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: bstyle74 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fun technical ride with quick tight climbs and descents. It is not system where you can go wide open full throttle downhill, and you are almost always constantly pedaling (no coasting). The climbing is not that bad, except for some really short/steep sections. Trails are kept in good condition, and its a great mid-week ride. Tons of loops... check out http://passiontrailbikes.com/pages/waterdog for the best description.

Awesome park that I'm lucky to have basically in my backyard.



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