Coal Mine Ridge & Water Dog Lake Park
New location: Water Dog Lake Park in Belmont. Although the meaning of the name seems apparent, Water Dog Lake does not refer to a dog... it is actually named after salamanders. "Water Dog" is a slang term for salamander, which apparently used to live at this location in abundance. Nonetheless, this is a great place for a dog hike.
This is an active park with runners, bikers and dog walkers. The trails offer some nice views and the town of Belmont is definitely worth exploring. They have a Chocolate Fest on October 4 & 5... what's not to love about that?!
Great Coal Mine Ridge hike... we hiked Alpine Trail to Deer Path Trail and then continued to Black Oak Trail before heading back.
We came across another hiker with a Golden... it was an interesting conversation as we briefly chatted about her interest in the PAWS program at Stanford Hospital. Those interested can find information here.
We saw this deer who was curious about us until Leika got excited and scared it off with some barks!
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