Bay Area Dog-Friendly Activities


From the issue Who Let the Dogs Out?

Who Let the Dogs Out?


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.

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