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Waterdog Lake & Open Space

Leashed pets are welcome at Waterdog Lake & Open Space in Belmont, CA, where they'll be rewarded at the end of their hike with a dip in the pet-friendly pond. Check out the wonderful views, or follow the scenic lake loop trail. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Waterdog Lake & Open Space has received a rating of 3.3 out of 5 bones by 4 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Tinley
    Nov 1, 2019
    Lots of trails

    I really had a good time here.

    We entered from the top off Hallmark Road. There is water there and even a bowl for me. We did a CCW loop around most of the park. When we got to the bottom, about half way, there is a porta-potty and water fountain, no bowl, at the entrance in the court. Then we finished by climbing out of that valley and went by the lake and up the gravel road.

    The lake wasn’t clear, it was a little green, but it’s a lake, not a pool. I don’t like water so I don’t care, but some of my friends like to swim, they would get in.

    We walked almost 6 miles! Most of it was on smaller trails, some pretty steep and uneven, some flat and soft. We saw 3 old cars, they were cool.

    We went on Thursday and only got passed by 2 bikes but saw 3 others. Dad says it’s a popular bike riding place on weekends.

    Overall, I gotta give it 4 bones because the trails are quite extensive but not very well marked. The signs are there but many are faded and hard to read. Take a picture of the trail map at the start, that’s what Dad did. Have fun!

    And if you’re lucky, your people will take you to Water Dog Tavern afterwards. They had outdoor seating, dog friendly, water bowls, and good food. I met a flat coat and a golden retriever!

  • Arlyn
    Jul 8, 2018
    Great place to wear her out!

    It’s somewhere between a quarter and half a mile to the lake. The road to get there is an old fire road so it’s a wide dirt/gravel road. When we were there it was a warm day so there were at least 6 other dogs playing in the water when we got there! Our pup just started her journey of swimming and she loved it! It was great fun for both her and my husband and I! On the way down we did see a snake, and there are mountain lion signs at the start of the trail head, just be alert as you would in any natural setting and you’ll be good! The water was not clear, but this seems to be a man made lake and we’ve never encountered a clear man made lake so this didn’t bother us.

  • Sayalee
    More than a year ago
    Amazing trail but filled with ticks

    We took our pooch for a morning hike to the Waterdog lake trail. This is a moderate level trail. It is fairly easy at the start, but gets to be more narrow and steep at few points. Lots of bikers around. Due to the vegetation around the trail area, we saw a lot of ticks. You have to bathe your pooch if you want to visit this trail.
    The lake is not great. The water is not clean. I would not go back

  • Brett
    More than a year ago

    The water was brown 2 weeks ago. Not letting my pup in there! Bummer

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