John S Brooks Memorial Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Belmont, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A short but sweet mountain bike loop, that is mostly used by locals. Take the Elevator Trail to the John Brooks Trail.
clean wide trail, easy access and parking
nice little loop, but a lot of bikes for my tastes.
Belmont is lucky to have a secluded area tucked-away so close to the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area.
MTB, hike, run, or do all three while walking your dog!
Like any multi-use trails, mountain bikers will encounter hikers. Hikers will encounter dog walkers. Please be courteous. Dog Walkers: Keep your dog(s) on a leash. Belmont PD does do enforcement sporadically.
Beware of rattle snakes! Not kidding...this place has more snakes than hikers by about a 1000.1. Snakes cleverly camouflage themselves! You think?
Easy to find and get away from the Suburbs. Lots of trail options, so watch for mountain bikers (who seem very nice and hiker-aware).
If you prefer shade, hike down Lake Road Trail, go around the dog lake (woof!), up the Berry Trail. Southern trails seem a little more exposed.
Oh, and keep your eyes open for the abandoned cars hidden here and there. Surprise!
It was a nice peaceful trail. Easy enough for me to start my bike adventure (newbie bike rider). Definitely will be coming back.