Hours: sunrise to sunset

My pup and I love this trail! We usually go on weekday mornings and with the weather lately, it’s been lightly trafficked. Nice and steady trail. Beware of poison oak. There’s tons out there. Can get a little slippery and muddy after rainfall so watch your step. Also some pretty deep cracks in the pathway here and there. Mainly cyclists on the path. I haven’t seen many people on foot, and we haven’t run into other pups lately.

My pup and I loved it. Pretty easy trail, low traffic on a Tuesday morning. Just really muddy right now with all the rain. Some slightly narrow paths so just be careful if you have kiddos with you.

Fav dog hike. If your dog could speak he/she would ask for this hike on the daily.

I didn't even realize this trail was here, right behind Ralston Middle School. A great escape into a quiet woodsy preserve. Very close to residential areas, but it's very serene. Be warned, for those who want to try to follow the loop marked out in the AllTrails app, there are a bazillion forks in the road - some with three or four options - and they're not well marked. A lot of the signs seem erased or run down. I ended up doing a crazy figure 8 instead of the loop in the app, and while it didn't really matter, it added some extra mileage. I think we did about 4.5 miles total.

A lot of the trail is shaded, but still bring sunscreen for the wide open stretches. When the fog burns off, it can get brutal. Also be ready to scoot over for mountain bikers who come by every thirty seconds, and keep an eye out for the plentiful poison oak. I think the only animals I saw were tiny lizards and a cute bunny, but there are signs for mountain lions. A lot of dogs are off-leash too.

There are some steep inclines, but they're marked on the trail map plaques. Bring good shoes because there's a lot of loose dirt and gravel. I probably would only come back here out of convenience, as there are a LOT of cyclists. However, everyone we crossed paths with was friendly and kind. One gentleman helped point us in the right direction back.

short, easy, lots of shade, uninteresting view, good for beginners.

Long walk on a wide dirt path near houses to get to the actual trails and trees but pretty once there. Short hike. Good for dogs

From where the directions take you to park, it’s a long, uphill walk on cement past apartments and condos to the actual lake where the trail begins. The trail itself once you get to the lake is pretty and our dog loved it. However, the walk to the trail is as long as the trail itself. All in all, good time but won’t be back.

Would not be 5 stars compared to some of the other Bay Area hikes if compared apples to apples...but for a hike that is right in the middle of Belmont and so easy to get to, it is about perfect. Incredible views of the Bay Area from the high point.

Close to home hike. A bit underwhelming but got in a decent workout.

Trail not very well marked. Easy to get confused.

This trail is pretty but I do not recommend any dog owners to bring their dogs here because we did not even finish the entire trail and I found multiple ticks on my dog. There is a sign that warns people of ticks but I thought even though I didn’t let her into the grass, that she wouldn’t get any on her.

Absolutely loved the trail! Very easy to find. Lots of options and very friendly and courteous people using the trail! Will definitely go again next time I’m in town! A+

Gorgeous wooded single track trail run that I did with my dog. Beautiful views on the ridge lines. You can add various loops to make it a longer run if you prefer. Map and GPS worked perfectly.

Really pretty ravine, and may be an easy hike, but this loop involves some single track that isn’t “easy”... didn’t make it off the main fire road with the kids.

A lot of bicycles so stick to the right.
A lot of dog owners, some leave their dogs with no leash so pick up your child when one comes.
Muddy after rains so bring decent shoes or boots but fine after a few hours as it slopes a lot.
The lake in the middle "water dog lake" is lame.

Pretty easy trail, middle of the city, 5 minutes from home so can't complain.
It goes either up or down so not a flat route.

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Feel good:)

hiking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

We hiked this trail on Sunday, 9/17/17 with our teen sons and our dog. It's ideal for kids who find hiking "boring" as well as easy. It makes for an easy family outing and picnic.

walking
Friday, August 18, 2017

I used to hike part of this trail to get to and from school each day, a nice break from busy city life.

walking
Friday, August 04, 2017

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

I would say this is a moderate to hard trail. A lot of up and downs, and through every little crevice in the canyon. It kicked my butt and was dripping sweat the entire time. Can't wait to do it again! Such a great work out. Plus it's a nice mix of shade and sun on the trail I'd say half and half

Great park. Did the James S Brooks trail, loop around the lake, & the berry trail. Did a good 5miles. Some of the trails are not labeled trails. I think they were made by the mountain bikers. When I went, there we're many mountain bikers. 80% of the trails are shaded. The back entrance is at 2839 Hallmark Drive. Be prepared, people bring their dogs to the lake in the early afternoon & the dogs are running around w/out leashes.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Great ride! Loop around the lake is a pretty fun little technical trail. Choose your own adventure style!

Dog friendly you're either ascending or descending

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Nice and easy trail. You have a lot of options if you want a short or long hike. A lot of mosquitoes when I went.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Great local trail--only issue is that people don't bother to put their dogs on leashes here. Pretty scary if you're not a dog person.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

clean wide trail, easy access and parking

Thursday, August 25, 2016

nice little loop, but a lot of bikes for my tastes.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

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?

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

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!

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