Dog Friendly Muir Beach: Hiking to Muir Beach Lookout with Dogs in Marin County

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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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19 thoughts on “Dog Friendly Muir Beach: Hiking to Muir Beach Lookout with Dogs in Marin County”

  1. That’s a pretty cool lookout! I love the winding dirt trail along the cliffs. That’s something you just can’t get in the Southeast.

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  2. What a beautiful place and gorgeous photos! It looks like your dogs really enjoyed their hike. Slide Ranch sounds like a place my family would really enjoy.

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  3. Those are some stunning views! I have been researching good hiking spots to take Penny once the weather cools off a bit. I can’t wait to get out and hike this fall!

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  4. Well, 2016 might have started badly, but it ended worse…. 2017 is just plain scary. But this looks like a good retreat. As someone who writes a dog travel blog, I’m always jealous how dog friendly California is.

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  5. My kind of trail!! Gorgeous and what a vista! I’d leash the wee one near cliffs since he’d fit under that railing NO problem at 8″ in height. 🙂

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  6. Beautiful place. Our girls always love(d) high places to gaze across the land. Make sense if you consider that normally they can’t even see over taller grass 🙂

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  7. What a beautiful trail and lookout. I would love to live near the ocean because I find it so calming and relaxing. Your photos are beautiful.

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  8. What beautiful views! It’s a shame that California has such beautiful scenery but such extreme weather. It took me a minute to realize that this post is from last year because I know how bad the weather is there recently. I also noticed a dog that wasn’t in your recent post so I think it’s no longer with you, which is so sad, the picture of you looking at the view with your arm around him is just beautiful.

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    • Actually this place is north of Golden gate bridge where the weather is pretty nice throughout the year. The other dog is our neighbor’s baby whom we look after often:-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. What a gorgeous sweeping view. Mr. N is pretty good off-leash but that’s quite the fall and he is pretty good at wriggling thorough holes… I’d have to think about it. Lovely place to hike though.

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  10. Oh, such a beautiful place! You truly do have a beautiful coast! I think I’d a permanent fixture there!

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  11. This is a beautiful location! I’m not sure I could walk the trails with my torn meniscus now, but I wish I could. I really like your recommendations about using a leash for dogs, even though the trail is a leash-free zone.

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  12. What great timing – we have a friend who is moving out to this area in a week! She’ll be so delighted to learn of this hike – her pups will be even more excited. Thanks for sharing!

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