Last Updated on June 16, 2022 by Paroma
Are you looking for a fantastic dog friendly hiking spot in Marin County? Then you’ve come to the right place, where I am about to spill the beans on Muir Beach overlook which is a dog friendly part of the coast that offers gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and a coastal trail to walk your dogs. Keep on reading to find out everything you need to know to spend a fun with your dogs at Muir Beach lookout point in this dog friendly Muir Beach Overlook guide.
VISITING MUIR BEACH OVERLOOK WITH DOGS
Muir Beach overlook is a dog friendly vantage point, right off Highway 1 in West Marin, north of Golden Gate Bridge and is about 16 miles north of San Francisco. The overlook point is literally 0.5 miles away from Muir Beach which is also dog friendly. Muir beach overlook has a dog friendly coastal hiking trail as well that leads all the way up to Slide Ranch but dogs are not allowed there.
Muir Beach overlook is one of the most beautiful stops on Highway 1 on a San Francisco to Mendocino road trip and should definitely be on your list of stops during this drive. This is one of the best sights for whale watching in California, especially in winter when gray whales migrate south to Baja.
Other dog friendly California beaches such as Stinson Beach and Bolinas Beach are within a short driving distance from Muir Beach Overlook. If you drive further north, you will head into the Point Reyes Peninsula, which is one of the most beautiful parts of Northern California and has a few dog friendly beaches as well.
Marin county has no dearth of dog friendly hiking trails. For those interested in more dog friendly hiking trails in the Bay Area, do check out these Marin county hiking posts:
IS MUIR BEACH DOG FRIENDLY?
Muir beach is a mere 0.5 miles south-east of Muir Beach Overlook and is dog friendly. Dogs must be on leash or under voice control. Dogs on Kaashi Way and Coastal Trail must be on-leash at all times since deer are sometimes spotted here.
IS MUIR WOODS DOG FRIENDLY?
The world famous Muir woods, aka a grove of old growth Coastal Redwoods named after the famous environmentalist John Muir, does not allow dogs. However, Muir Beach and Muir Beach overlook are dog friendly so you can definitely spend some time soaking in the beauty of Marin county in these two spots.
PLANNING YOUR DAY OUT AT MUIR BEACH OVERLOOK FOR DOG FRIENDLY HIKING
Muir beach is the lesser known sandy stretch in West Marin and has a beautiful overlooking point which reveals a breathtaking scenery of the jagged California coastline and crashing waves. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your Muir Beach overlook visit for dog friendly hiking:
a) 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. Come early since the parking lot fills up quickly.
b) 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.
c) It can get really windy on the coast, even on a warm, hot, sunny day. So please dress in layers.
THINGS TO KNOW FOR VISITING MUIR BEACH LOOKOUT WITH DOGS
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.
POST HIKING DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS TO VISIT
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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