Guidebook

Dog-Friendly Hikes near San Francisco

Hikers of all kinds, two-legged and four-legged alike, will love these trails in the Bay Area.

Description

With the number of dog owners in the Bay Area, it's a bit surprising that more of its trails aren't pet-friendly. Major outdoor destinations like Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the numerous state parks are very restrictive on dogs, so our four-legged hikers have trouble finding places to go. Luckily, there are tons of trails in the Bay Area, and plenty of them do allow dogs, you just have to know which ones. Here are a few of the best dog-friendly hikes near San Francisco.

Note that leash rules may be different in each place, so be sure to abide accordingly. Most parks with off-leash areas stipulate that dogs be under "sight and voice control," meaning they stay within sight and obey when called. A few parks also require an extra fee for doggy visitors, but it's never more than a few dollars. And no matter where you are, be sure to pick up after your pet and be courteous of others as always.

Golden Gate Promenade
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Golden Gate Promenade

San Francisco
0 - 1 hrs
4.3 km
57 m
5 m
Stroll through an urban park with many activities, and enjoy views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Easy
Private
Coastal Trail: Baker Beach to Golden Gate Bridge
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Coastal Trail: Baker Beach to Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco
1 - 2 hrs
5.2 km
119 m
119 m
A path that links cliff-top views, sandy beaches, cypress groves, historic war defenses, and the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Easy
Private
Lands End Loop
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Lands End Loop

San Francisco
1 - 2 hrs
5.1 km
155 m
155 m
Stroll through historic Lands End, in a beautiful forest, atop high sea cliffs, with lofty views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Moderate
Private
Fort Funston Beach Loop
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Fort Funston Beach Loop

San Francisco
0 - 1 hrs
2.6 km
60 m
60 m
Family and dog-friendly loop featuring sea cliffs, wildflowers, a sandy beach, and historic war forts.
Moderate
Private
Wolf Ridge and Hill 88 Loop
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Wolf Ridge and Hill 88 Loop

Marin County
1 - 2 hrs
8.2 km
331 m
331 m
Amazing views of San Francisco and some interesting war relics near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Moderate
Private
Coastal Trail: Rodeo Beach to Muir Beach
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Coastal Trail: Rodeo Beach to Muir Beach

Marin County
4 - 5 hrs
18.7 km
1,044 m
1,044 m
Travel up and down panoramic hills above the sea, in between two of Marin County's best beaches
Difficult
Private
French Trail and West Ridge Loop
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French Trail and West Ridge Loop

San Francisco
12.4 km
564 m
564 m
An escape to nature from the city, and a prime running loop in Redwood Regional Park.
Moderate
Private
Hidden Valley Trail to Mission Peak
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Hidden Valley Trail to Mission Peak

2 - 3 hrs
9.9 km
644 m
643 m
The most direct route to a panoramic summit over Silicon Valley.
Moderate
Private
Cataract Falls from Alpine Lake
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Cataract Falls from Alpine Lake

Marin County
1 - 2 hrs
4.4 km
380 m
389 m
A bounty of waterfalls and a peaceful picnic area on Cataract Creek.
Difficult
Private
Bolinas Ridge Trail North
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Bolinas Ridge Trail North

Marin County
3 - 4 hrs
16.6 km
416 m
416 m
Stroll along grassy, rolling hills flanked by redwood groves.
Moderate
Private
Montara Mountain from Gray Whale Cove
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Montara Mountain from Gray Whale Cove

San Francisco
2 - 3 hrs
9.5 km
543 m
543 m
A sea-to-summit hike with panoramic views the entire way.
Moderate
Private