Dog-friendly Activities in Bay Area 2012


Dog Days of Summer

By popular demand, Weekend Sherpa’s gone to the dogs this week! If Marley’s your wingman or Bella’s your best pal, here are few places to explore together. You can also use our website’s dog-friendly archive. That’s barking up the right tree!

South Rodeo Beach Marin

Beach Hound: For a little private time together, head for the less-visited South Rodeo Beach in Marin, where you can stroll the shoreline, explore tidepools, and chase driftwood.

Golden Retriever: Watch a sunrise over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco’s Lands End Labyrinth. A thirty-minute stroll along the Coastal Trail—a prime section of what we call The Grand Walk—leads the way.

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 hiking? 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.

Yappy Hour: Ditch the car and take a leisurely 3.5-mile (round-trip) stroll that connects two historic—and dog-friendly—wineries in Sonoma.

Fetch Me If You Can: Bring the Frisbee and tennis ball to well-off-the-beaten-path Dillon Beach, just north of Point Reyes. The mile-long stretch of beach is made for long walks, beautiful views, and lots of playtime.

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.

Wet Lick: Dogs are a part of the action when you join the flotilla fun of guiding your own raft down the Truckee River.

Inflatable Fun

Grab a swimsuit, sunscreen, and some friends who like inflatable fun: Russian River Adventures has the best family-friendly (and dog-friendly!) boat for your summer float. Their signature SOAR inflatable canoes are so plush and comfy it’s like cruising in a Cadillac. They’ll set you up with everything you need, and send you down a gloriously remote 9-mile or 4-mile section of the Russian River less traveled. Kick back for a few hours, coasting by redwoods and vineyards while spying birds and other wildlife on this easy, crowd-free river. Nose up to shore for a picnic: do your best Tarzan on the rope swing, and splash around in the pristine swimming holes. At the end of the float, Russian River Adventures will be there to shuttle everyone back to the car–wet mutt included. It's time to hit the water on Northern California’s most cushy ride! Altogether now: "Row, row, row your boat…."

NEW! Can’t spend a full day on the river? Russian River Adventures has launched a brand new, half-day paddle. (Dogs only permitted on the full-day, 9-mile paddle.)

Reservations are required. Visit or call 707-433-5599 to book your trip! 

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