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7 Dog-Friendly Hikes near Marin County

San Francisco dogs are living the good life.

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Between dog parks, "dogs welcome" restaurant patios, and off-leash beaches, they (and their owners) have plenty of reasons to love the city by the bay.

Let us add another check mark to the list: dog-friendly hiking in Marin County. Wild beauty reigns supreme across the Golden Gate Bridge, and there's no better adventure partner than your favorite four-legged friend.

In the mood for the beach? Waterfalls? Rocky cliffs? Redwoods? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Marin County has a dog-friendly trail for that. Here are seven of our absolute favorites.

Adventure by Griffin Moon

Once the rainclouds clear after a storm, make your way to Cataract Falls with your pup. Though it's pretty at any time, rainfall really makes the water cascade along this 3-mile out-and-back hike. 

Adventure by Heidi

A quick jaunt from San Francisco, Rodeo Cove to Point Bonita Lighthouse is a beach hike that leaves from the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Dogs aren't allowed in the lighthouse, but with these views, you won't mind.

Adventure by Julien Bacal

If wild beauty is your thing, look no further than the Lands End Trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The hike is a relatively easy 3-mile loop, with nice access to beaches and views of the historic Sutro Baths. While this may not be in Marin County proper, this San Francisco hike provides incredible views of Marin. 

Adventure by Heidi

If you and your dog are up for something a bit more challenging, check out the 11-mile trail at Bolinas Ridge. Redwoods and wildlife (and, of course, a bit of fog) mix together to create the perfect city escape. Dogs must be on a leash.

Adventure by Marcello Pantuliano

Carson Falls is an under-the-radar waterfall that shines after a good rainstorm. The 3-mile trail gains some elevation, so get ready to sweat! Bring some snacks for you and your pup...you'll both be glad you did.

Adventure by Jennifer Heifferon

Looking to bring the whole family with you? Don't miss the gentle hike around Phoenix Lake in the Mount Tamalpais Watershed. 2.7 miles and hardly any elevation gain make this a great walk for everyone, including your furry friend.

Adventure by Brian Heifferon

Weave through the redwoods on the shady and cool Dawn Falls Trail in Larkspur. This 2.2-mile out-and-back is super scenic, and just a quick drive from San Francisco. If you're looking to hike even further, check out the map at the trailhead for the connectors to make the hike a 5-mile loop.

 Cover photo by Julien Bacal

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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