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Exploring Tiburon: Dog Friendly Hiking in St. Hilary Open Space Preserve

written by ParoChak July 19, 2015

Weekend hiking in and around the city is always fun since it gives us much needed exercise, a chance to go out and explore the many beauties of the Bay area. Plus, it is so much fun to see Babu running and sniffing his heart out, the wind blowing against his fur and the bounce on his tiny paws. The best part about living in San Francisco is its proximity to abundantly beautiful parks, open resources, wilderness and other forms of natures bounty that is bound to warm the cockles of the hearts of nature lovers and hardcore city dwellers. Since we fall somewhat in the latter category, we sometimes try to leave the chaos of the 49 square miles behind us and venture out to seek dog-friendly hiking trails to get some fresh air and much needed exercise. One such gem of a finding was in the city of Tiburon, which is north of the Golden gate, in Marin County.

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

Tiburon, at the tip of North Bay, boasts of azure blue water on almost all sides and spectacular views of the city, the Golden Gate bridge and the nearby Angel island, all accessible from the Tiburon ridge trail in the Old St. Hilary Open Space Preserve. A short 1.1 mile hike, its dog friendly and provides breathtaking views all around. For more dog-friendly getaway ideas, read my post on 5 day trips from SF here.

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

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dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

We stopped for breakfast at New Morning Cafe on Tiburon Boulevard (highly recommended) and then headed on Lyford drive and stopped at Heathcliff drive to take in the sweeping views that the trail head had to offer. We started hiking down from there, stopping often to savor in the beautiful scenery. It was a pretty windy day so despite all that huffing and puffing, we did not feel too hot. Overall , it was a Saturday well spent! Highly recommended for you and your kids (human or fur) or anyone/thing else you choose (solitude/camera/other half/friends), this hike is not to be missed! For more information, visit here.

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We stopped for breakfast at New Morning Cafe on Tiburon Boulevard (highly recommended) and then headed on Lyford drive and stopped at Heathcliff drive to take in the sweeping views that the trail head had to offer. We started hiking down from there, stopping often to savor in the beautiful scenery. It was a pretty windy day so despite all that huffing and puffing, we did not feel too hot. Overall , it was a Saturday well spent! Highly recommended for you and your kids (human or fur) or anyone/thing else you choose (solitude/camera/other half/friends), this hike is not to be missed! For more information, visit here.

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

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dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

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dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

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dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

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dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

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dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

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dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

dog friendly hiking Tiburon St. Hilary Open space Preserve

 

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14 comments

Michelle & The Paw Pack August 23, 2017 at 1:25 pm

It looks beautiful there! The views are stunning. I love hiking with my dogs but haven’t been doing it as often as I’d like this summer. I’m hoping soon the weather will cool down a bit and we’ll get out more.

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Cathy Armato August 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm

These photos are just spectacular! You’re so lucky to be living in a bit city that has so much open area and so many places to explore nature, not every city has that. I’m amazed that the Bay area has kept the city limits from sprawling out and taking over those beautiful areas. Good for them – and for you! I pinned this to my Pet Travel board! Thanks for sharing.
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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Tenacious Little Terrier August 23, 2017 at 5:23 pm

What a stunning view of the cityscape! Definitely putting that on my list of hikes to try. Are dogs allowed off-leash there?

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Debbie August 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Those views of the city and the bridge! Ahhh.. Looks like another awesome hike. And also, I now want your breakfast.. lol. Thanks for sharing, so cool!

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Mishu August 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Great pictures!! I think I have being there two years ago, it’s a very pretty hiking place..congrats for the healthy lifestyle!

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Kate August 23, 2017 at 8:48 pm

Those are some beautiful pictures. I love the open spaces with views of the city in the background. I live in the Midwest, so it is fun to see what other cities parks and open spaces look like. And if I ever do visit California with my dog, it will be nice to know of some parks to hike in 🙂

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Joely Smith August 23, 2017 at 11:20 pm

What a stunning place! I think even my Lyla could handle the terrain! I could see spending an entire day there just hearing the water and watching the sights. That food looks SCRUMPTIOUS too!

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Beth August 24, 2017 at 12:25 am

Looks like a great place to hike! Those views are amazing!

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Amy August 24, 2017 at 12:29 am

How great that you have this place! And I say that as someone close to the Rocky Mountains! Great pictures. I love that your area is so dog friendly.

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Sweet Purrfections August 24, 2017 at 12:54 am

What a beautiful view of SF and the bay. You are lucky you have access to areas you can get to away from the city to enjoy the area.

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The Daily Pip August 24, 2017 at 2:02 am

I have been fortunate to visit Tiburon though I had no idea it was so dog friendly. I love these photos and it really looks like you had the place to yourselves – which is pretty amazing especially so close to an urban area.

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Team Dash Kitten August 24, 2017 at 4:03 am

What a travelogue. We are so spoiled seeing all this!

Thank you!

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Kia August 24, 2017 at 1:11 pm

Wow! What a beautiful place to take a hike. I absolutely love your photos! Such beautiful views.

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Shayla August 25, 2017 at 3:29 am

Beautiful as always! You are so lucky to live so close to such amazing hiking areas that are dog friendly!

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