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.
I loved it !! Went jogging and hiking with my dog! :) beautiful nature and wild outside !!
what a great dog friendly place.
It was a little challenging to find a place to park, but once we parked we were able to walk on the first trail. It is a chain of trails that lead to the lake. We hiked around the lake, it was very nice. Our hike was about 2.5 miles, but you can make it longer or shorter depending on the trails you pick. The trails had a good mix of sun and shade.
This was a awesome trek. It was perfect for the amount of time me and my buds had so we did and it took us like 2 hours to do the back side (I think it was the back side). I'm a total nube and water dog was at the limit of my comfort zone. My friends are way more advanced and took the lead which is why I think I liked it so much.
OK... Final notes.
1. Don't do this unless your super comfortable with your skill set on the bike
2. Ride with people
3. It was one of the best rides EVER... It had everything.
This is a great little "afer work" ride if you live around San Carlos or Belmont. It's short in length, easy to get to, can be completed pretty quickly, and can be very challenging physically and technically. Sometimes you're riding along a fence that is the back side of residential properties; other times it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. Since it's a relatively small area and in the middle of suburbia, people might dismiss it as not worth a try. It really is; I've done it twice. If I lived kind of far from Waterdog, I wouldn't say it's worth a trek to get here to check out. But, if you live close, it's a nice treat.