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Dog Friendly Hiking to Muir Beach Lookout

written by ParoChak January 25, 2016
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2016 has started off with a bang: two celebrities dead, a contest of insanity and loudmouthed-ness (read the never-ending American elections) and of course blizzard Jonas pounding east coast like its nobody’s business. Amidst all of this California continues to be awesome with its mild (slightly more rainy than last year) winter charm intact and surprised us with a gorgeous, sunny Sunday after days of wet, cloudy, damp weather. We made lots of hay while the sun shone and drove off to the north of Golden Gate Bridge to explore Muir Beach Overlook, one more gem in Marin.

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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.

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There is a small parking lot at the entry way to the lookout with steps leading up to it. Please watch out for posted signs and do not cross fences since there may be wildlife and nesting birds. There is a long, winding 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. Post the ranch, the trail leads all the way up to Stinson beach, another wildly popular and dog-friendly beach in Marin.

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A few things to note:

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 its 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 visiting 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.

Post hiking, you can reward yourself with some great pizza at Tony Tutto in Mill Valley (accept cash or local checks only), 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. For more dog friendly hiking spots and outings, read all my pet-friendly posts here.

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19 comments

Debbie August 2, 2017 at 12:09 pm

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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Golden Daily Scoop August 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

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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Nichole August 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

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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Sherri August 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

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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ParoChak August 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Totally agree Sherri, 2017 makes me want to cry!

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Sonja of Montecristo Travels August 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm

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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Jana Rade August 2, 2017 at 6:10 pm

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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Lola The Rescued Cat August 2, 2017 at 9:51 pm

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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Beth August 2, 2017 at 9:54 pm

What a gorgeous place to hike! I didn’t realize you had two dogs.

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ParoChak August 3, 2017 at 12:09 am

Hi Beth, the big one is our neighbor’s. we often baby sit him.

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Dolly the Doxie August 3, 2017 at 12:38 am

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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ParoChak August 3, 2017 at 1:16 am

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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Ashley Mauro August 3, 2017 at 1:08 am

I would be here everyday if I lived in the area. Gorgeous pictures, looks like you all had a blast!

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Shelby Gottschalk August 3, 2017 at 2:01 am

Looks like so much fun! I love the photos. Beautiful beach!

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Tenacious Little Terrier August 3, 2017 at 5:23 am

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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Shayla August 3, 2017 at 6:02 am

This looks amazing! I so envy the access you have to the coast, and these amazing hikes!

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Dorothy "FiveSibesMom" August 3, 2017 at 2:42 pm

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

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Sweet Purrfections August 3, 2017 at 9:24 pm

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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Rebecca at MattieDog August 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm

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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