Last Updated on December 15, 2020 by Paroma
Despite the election insanity of American elections in 2016 and blizzard Jonas pounding east coast like it’s nobody’s business, you can always count on Northern California winter sun to lift your spirits. In this post, I will be talking about our experience of hiking with dogs in Marin county. Unlike the famous Muir woods which does not allow dogs, dog friendly Muir Beach lookout has a beautiful coastal hiking trail that welcomes your pup and is a perfect winter getaway spot in California.
Hiking at Dog friendly Muir Beach
Muir woods, named after revered environmentalist John Muir,is the insanely popular Redwoods forest in the Marin headlands where all tourists make a beeline for. Muir beach is the lesser known adjacent sandy stretch and has a beautiful overlooking point which reveals a breathtaking scenery of the jagged California coastline and crashing waves. Best of all, the overlook and the adjacent trails are dog-friendly.
For those interested in more dog friendly hiking trails in the Bay Area, do check out these Marin county hiking posts:
How to get to Muir Beach for dog friendly hiking
Muir beach is a beautiful cove in Marin county and the overlook is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. There is a small parking lot at the entryway to the overlook with steps leading up to dog friendly Muir beach overlook. Please watch out for posted signs and do not cross fences since there may be wildlife and nesting birds.
There is a long, winding dog friendly coastal trail that takes off from the very right of the landing (parking area) and runs all the way up to Slide ranch, an educational farm which conducts summer camps and family programs to connect children and adults to sustainable farming and agricultural practices to foster greater awareness for food. Visiting is by appointment only but dogs are not allowed.
Beyond the ranch, the trail leads all the way up to Stinson beach, another wildly popular dog friendly California beach in Marin.
Things to know for a trip to Muir beach lookout with your dog
A) Dogs should be on leash on all roads for traffic but they are OK off-leash and on voice command (if they have good recall) on trails which are secluded. We spotted deer crossing the trail and although Babu barked at them (Tucker is the epitome of peace and quiet), we held on to him so that he wouldn’t chase the deer away, who anyway ran as fast as possible hearing him bark. So it is better to leash them anticipating such circumstances.
B) Please pick up after your dog, because that is the most responsible thing to do.
C) The overlook is fenced on all sides, but small dogs (20 lbs or less) can easily wiggle below the fence and might fall of the cliffs. If your dog does not have good recall manners, please do not take him/her off the leash.
D) Please obey all posted signs and stay on the trails!
We had a great time hiking with dogs at Muir beach overlook and I highly recommend it to all bay area dog lovers as well as nature lovers and hikers. The hike, though tedious, is of moderate energy and the winding trail does not have much of an elevation. The outlook boasts of beautiful sunsets and the landing area is the perfect spot for a picnic. For more information and rules, visit the website here.
Dog friendly restaurants in Marin (after hiking)
Post hiking, you can reward yourself with some great pizza at Tony Tutto in Ross, which serves pizza so good that you will end up licking your fingers. They have tons of vegan and vegetarian options and so are universally lovable! They also have an outdoor seating area and their own tiny parking spot.
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