Hiking tips

If you enjoy hitting the trail with your dog, check out these dog friendly hiking options around the Bay. Please visit the park websites for current information before heading out – just click on the respective headings below for easy access. Remember to dress in layers, and bring sunscreen and plenty of water for both you and your dog. 
Happy hiking!

North Bay – Loma Alta Open Space Preserve

Enjoy heavenly Bay Area views, especially at sunrise and sunset. Loma Alta Open Space Preserve is part of Marin County Parks Preservation and Recreation. MCPPR offers 25 additional parks or open space preserves which feature dog friendly hiking trails. 

San Francisco – Presidio

The Presidio contains more than 24 miles of hiking trails and eight scenic overlooks. The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is proud to be the only park in the National Park Service to designate areas for responsible dog walking off-leash. GGNRA trails, beaches, and open spaces are available to enjoy with your dog!

East Bay- Anthony Chabot Regional Park

Only 20 minutes from downtown Oakland, Anthony Chabot Regional Park is a beautiful 3,314 acre year-round public park and campground with 70 miles of hiking and riding trails. Explore the grasslands, chaparral, and shady eucalyptus groves, or the shores of Lake Chabot. 

Peninsula – Pulgas Ridge

Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is a 366-acre site near San Carlos with trails for hiking and dog walking, including an off-leash area. Pulgas Ridge is part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which is a collection of 26 open space reserves – 11 of which offer dog friendly hiking trails.