Water Dog Lake was even better the second time as we trekked a bit further around the park. There is a nice loop that takes you back to the lake where you are not far from the exit.
We ran into some bikers along the way who zipped by us, but in a courteous way. We chatted with a lady walking her dog who informed us that you can hike all the way to San Carlos from here.
We discovered an alternate entrance to Windy Hill just across the street from Coal MIne Ridge. We hiked Meadow Trail to Spring Ridge Trail. We found a mix of forest and exposed open spaces here as well as several trail options. The Dashter had a great time hunting lizards and Leika was quite tired from our brief run up the hill.
We will be back here soon to explore further...