Bay Area Dog-Friendly Activities


Who Let the Dogs Out?

Is Marley your wingman? Buster your hiking buddy? By popular demand, here are some dog-friendly Weekend Sherpa outings for you and your four-legged pal.


Foggy Doggy: Head to San Francisco's wild side—Land's End. But don't stop there. Keep hoofing it over to Baker Beach and Crissy Field to complete the best urban hike around, The Grand Walk.

Sniff Test: Big, exposed, and wide open for walking, Sunol Regional Wilderness in the East Bay has plenty of space to roam, creeks to explore, and trees to sniff.

Dog Day Afternoon: Do you and the dog like to grab a drink after the hike? Then make it part of the outing by hiking the bluffs from Pillar Point to Moss Beach Distillery, where a large patio with fire-pits awaits.

Bon to the Bone: Need a little time, just the two of you? Make a 3.8-mile loop around pristine and secluded Bon Tempe Lake, nestled on the northern side of Mount Tam.


Top Dog: Take your relationship to new heights at The Tower in Pescadero. The water tower–inspired, one-bedroom sits high in the sky at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Sparky can flirt with the resident potbellied pig, Ivy.

One, Two, or Three Dog Night: Pitch a tent and set out the water bowl at one of Pantoll Campground's tent-only campsites on Mount Tam.


Beach Hound: A lot of places in Point Reyes don't allow dogs, but Limantour Beach has miles of dog-friendly sand.

Hot Dog: Bring the Frisbee and tennis ball to tiny Bean Hollow State Beach on the San Mateo Coast. Pocket coves and golden sand are a perfect setting for the dog days of summer.


Doggy Paddle: The Russian River's best dog-friendly activity is on an inflatable canoe. Rent one for a few hours and beat the summer heat with your best friend.

All Paws on Deck: Dogs are a part of the action when you join the flotilla fun of guiding your own raft down the Truckee River.

Late-Summer at the Lake

Still trying to plan that close-to-home summer vacation? It's not too late to head for the lake!'s got you covered with all the info you need for a good time. Here are a few adventures and events ripe for the season in South Lake Tahoe:

Stand Up Paddling: Laird Hamilton started it and now all the cool kids are doing it—the stand-up paddling craze is on. Kayak Tahoe just purchased a fleet of new boards, and you can get a lesson or head out on the lake for do-it-yourself trials. Camp Richardson also rents boards and has a post-paddle refresher on-site, the Beacon Restaurant, where you can enjoy food and drinks on an outdoor lakeside patio.

Mountain Biking: Now is the best time of the year to jump on a mountain bike and hit Tahoe's trails. The marquee trail in Tahoe is The Flume Trail—14 miles of intermediate riding with gorgeous lake views along the way. Rent a bike from Flume Trail Bikes (they have loads of options, including full-suspension bikes). They'll even pick you up at the end of the trail and shuttle you back to the start.

Air-Raising Experience: Join the party at the biggest and best air show in the High Sierra! The Lake in the Sky Air Show happens Saturday, August 29. Watch the country's top aerobatic performers defy gravity over the lake! Festivities include a 5K fun run, pancake breakfast, chili cook-off, airplane and helicopter rides, tons of food booths, and a fun array of vendors. Lift-off!

This is just a sample of the stuff going on at Tahoe. Check out to plan your late-summer escape!

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