San Francisco Hikes with Dogs

Hiking in San Francisco with your dog is particularly unique because of the city’s urban and forested landscape. You’ll find busy streets and busses interspersed with lush parks and wildlife. It’s one of the most dog-friendly places around and features amazing scenery.

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion around the GGNRA’s rules for dog management so it’s important to double check any park’s rules and regulations before visiting.

Mt Davidson Park

Did you know that at 938 ft, Mt DavidsonĀ is the highest point in san Francisco? You can find tree-covered trails here, along with grassland. It’s a relatively easy hike and around 1 mile in length depending on which paths you take.

Lands End Trail

This scenic loop is one of the most popular hikes in San Francisco and looks out over the ocean. Prepare for views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sutro Baths, and Sea Lions. The trail is about 3.5 miles long.

Fort Funston

Fort Funston is the perfect combination of beach and forest. You’ll be able to take your dog on a trail through the woods and minutes later be on the beach. Dogs can enjoy romping around in the sand dunes and running through the waves. There are loop trails at Fort Funston that are paved, but if you want to go down to the beach prepare for a steep and strenuous hike.

Mount Sutro Forest

This little forest is tucked up behind the Forest Knolls neighborhood of San Francisco and includes a vast trail network for a small area. It encompasses around 80 acres, 60 of which belong to UCSF.


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