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2 months ago

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

The walk, as others have said, is completely ruined by the tall barbed wire fence - completely unnecessary, we have walked around many reservoirs that don’t employ such aggressive boundary techniques. However, the water temple is beautiful and peaceful and made it worthwhile - this is what gets the stars! But if the temple had been closed I would have been disappointed by this hike.

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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

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.

Friday, November 24, 2017

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Friday, August 04, 2017

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.

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

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