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Belmont, California Map
1 month ago

I have to agree that being sandwiched between a barb-wire fenced the highway seriously detracts from the experience, especially at the beginning.

The Crystal Springs Reservoir is beautiful in the morning. As seen from Edgewood Road, thin clouds hover some hundreds of feet above the reservoir as the glistening water reflects the green hills like glass. There's one particular spot where the vegetation is wonderful mixture of green, orange, and red as it gives way to the water. Seeing it from my route to school each weekday morning, I wanted to spend a weekend day hiking along it.

Unfortunately, that did not go so well. My main issue is that there's a massive fence- seriously, six feet tall with barbed wire- separating you and the reservoir. Practically every view of the water is deeply dampened by the fence right alongside the trail. The beautiful views from sections of Edgewood Road are inaccessible or impermissible to travel to.

The trail seldom passes alongside the edge of the reservoir. It spends more time closer to the highway/road than to the reservoir, as the topographic map shows. The heavy vegetation and fence means that a good view alongside the edge of the reservoir is basically nonexistent. There does appear to be a trail that passes closer to the reservoir (look at satellite) but it may be trespassing.

If you're looking to hike along this area, I'd heavily suggest going to Huddart Park and marveling at the Redwoods. The Purisima Gulch Trail is tantalizing in the Winter. If you want to hike alongside the water, the Californian coast will serve you better than the fault reservoirs in this location. The paved Devils Slide trail or Muir to Rodeo Beach (in Marin) hikes would be worthwhile hikes on a sunny morning.

As beautiful as the reservoir is, this trail won't give you any reward. Look elsewhere in this area- there's many, many alternatives.

The description in Getting There is spot on. This is a nice hike and I'm happy it's close to where I live. Some great views and lots of wildlife. I gave it 4 stars because of the fence that obstructs the view of the lake and because how close you stay to the state highway. There are only a few spots where you feel like you've gotten away from it all. So, why 4 stars and not 3? It's a nice trail and when you get above the fence line it's a beautiful view. I saw bunnies, deer, and even a tiny little snake. The payoff at the end is nice and they have port-a-potties in case you need it. Better than nothing. And you can refill your water. Close hike that's convenient and has a lot to offer despite the downside of the fence.

Feel good:)

FYI: No dogs or pets allowed.
This place has some plenty of shades on a hot weather. The view of the lake on the side of the trail os also soothing and there are quite some number of squirrels lurking around. They also have a good number benches around and some tables at some areas. My goal originally was the Pulgas Water Temple, but there was an on-going construction at the dam thus i couldn't get through. One day if i get the chance i would definitely like to cycle on this trail.

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.

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

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.

this was a fun Sunday afternoon trail with a big payoff at the end.

mountain biking
6 months ago

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

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.

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?

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!

mountain biking
Friday, July 15, 2016

It was a nice peaceful trail. Easy enough for me to start my bike adventure (newbie bike rider). Definitely will be coming back.

mountain biking
Wednesday, April 20, 2016


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