Last Updated on February 1, 2021 by Paroma
Looking for dog friendly beaches and hiking trails at Point Reyes National Seashore? You can find all the information that you need to spend a day in the sand at Kehoe Beach with dogs, one of the best dog friendly beaches at Pt. Reyes. Continue reading to find out more about our experience at this dog friendly beach in Pt. Reyes National Seashore and hiking down Kehoe Beach trail.
Dog Friendly Beaches at Pt. Reyes
Pt. Reyes National Seashore is that ecologically preserved part of Northern California that juts out into the Pacific, surrounded by the water of Tomales Bay on the east and Drake’s Bay to the north. This part of California is actually a National Park and is a nature lover/hiker/photographer/wilderness lover’s paradise all rolled in one.
Home to more than 1500 species of flora and fauna, cattle ranches, pristine sand beaches, idyllic countryside contrasting with roaring ocean waves crashing against the rocks and sanctuary to mating marine mammals, this seashore extending all the way from Drake’s beach in the south to Tomales Bay in the north is an easy Bay Area day trip and a must visit.
This perfect California winter getaway boasts of some of the best beaches in California but many of them are not accessible to dogs. In reality, only three beaches (that can be accessed by car) are dog friendly at Point Reyes, of which the best and most popular is undoubtedly Kehoe Beach.
Kehoe Beach is not only the most popular dog friendly beach at Point Reyes but also boasts of one of the very few dog friendly hiking trail at Pt. Reyes National Seashore which is its namesake Kehoe Beach trail. In this post, I am going to tell you everything that you need to know to take your dog to Kehoe Beach at Pt. Reyes.
How far is Kehoe Beach from San Francisco?
Kehoe beach is 53 miles north of San Francisco (1.5 hrs drive). This makes it an easy dog friendly day trip from San Francisco. You will need a car to go to Kehoe Beach with your pup.
Kehoe Beach Trail: Getting to Kehoe Beach with your dog
The only way to access Kehoe Beach is via the Kehoe Beach trail, which is the only dog friendly hiking trail in this area. The trail is about 2 miles long and is pretty narrow-so your dog has to be on leash at all times. The trail passes by marshy land and protected vegetation with a final sandy stretch that leads to the beach. The trail is pretty flat and the hike is easy-moderate.
The best time to visit Kehoe Beach with dogs
Anytime is a good time to go with Kehoe Beach with dogs so long as you remember to keep your dog on leash at all times on the beach and strictly to the north of the trail. Since Pt. Reyes beaches are often breeding grounds by snowy Plovers, there might be signs posted or restricted access to certain parts of the beach during breeding season (mid-March to mid-September). Please respect all posted signs at all times.
Where to stay overnight in Pt Reyes with dogs
During our trip to Kehoe Beach, we spent a night at the Cottages at Point Reyes Seashore, a series of beautiful cottages on a sprawling property adjacent to the beautiful Tomales Bay, which are very dog friendly and charge a small fee ($ 20) for staying with a pet. We have been to Point Reyes several times with Babu, and have also stayed at Nick’s Cove at Marshalls which is on the pricier side but has a great dog friendly restaurant and a great boardwalk.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post on visiting Kehoe Beach with dogs at Point Reyes National Seashore and hiking down Kehoe Beach trail! You can check out my other posts on dog friendly hiking in Marin county below for more outdoor fun with your dogs. Thanks a lot for stopping by!
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