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Marin County Dog Hikes


Marin County Dog Hikes

Plan your next outdoor adventure with this list of dog-friendly hikes around Marin!

Marin County is full of nature’s wonders. These hiking trails lead through some of Marin’s most scenic destinations. Best of all, they are all dog-friendly, so Fido can tag along as you experience the natural beauty this county has to offer. Hikes vary in difficulty from short, flat paths for novices to rewarding treks for the experienced hiker.

I hope you find some inspiration in this list! And remember, if you or someone you know if thinking of buying or selling a home in Marin, contact me anytime and we can get you started right away.


Where to hike with your dog

  1. Alto Bowl Open Space Preserve– 2.2 mile round trip. Bordering Mill Valley neighborhoods, starting at the pullout off of Camino Alto.


  1. Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve – 2.2 mile round trip. Departs from the edge of a Larkspur neighborhood and leads to Dawn Falls.

  2. Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve – 6.6 mile partial loop. Tours the middle slopes of Mt. Tam above Mill Valley.

  3. Cataract Falls ** – 2.6 mile round trip along Cataract Falls and a wooded canyon which looks great after a rainstorm.

  4. Camino Alto Open Space Preserve – 2.7 mile partial loop. Bordering a Mill Valley neighborhood starting at the end of Escalon Drive.

  5. Deer Island Open Space Preserve ** – 1.8 mile loop around the base of a small hill in Novato, good hawk watching area.


  1. Fort Baker** – 1.1 mile loop through the hills above Fort Baker, great view of the bay.

  2. Gary Giacomini Open Space Preserve – 4.1 mile round trip over a lonely rocky ridge above Woodacre, starting at the end of Conifer Way.


  1. Ignacio Valley Open Space Preserve – 2.1 mile round trip on fire roads above College of Marin Indian Valley campus.

  2. Indian Tree Open Space Preserve – 5.5 mile loop through woods to a viewpoint, and a return through a residential neighborhood.

  3. Indian Valley Open Space Preserve – 2.8 mile loop traversing oak woods above College of Marin Indian Valley campus.

  4. King Mountain Open Space Preserve – 3.3 mile partial loop around King Mountain, above a Larkspur neighborhood.


  1. Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds ** – 4.6 mile round trip. Flat hike past water treatment ponds teeming with birds.

  2. Little Mountain Open Space Preserve– 5.1 mile partial loop. On the fringes of a Novato neighborhood.

  3. Loma Alta Open Space Preserve– 4.5 mile of partial loop departing from the edge of Fairfax neighborhood, climbing to just below the summit of Loma Alta.


  1. Lucas Valley Open Space Preserve– 3.7 mile round trip from the edge of Novato residential development to Big Rock Ridge.

  2. Tennessee Valley Trailhead ** – 3.5 mile Marin Headlands loop, with spectacular views from the surrounding Marin hills to SF.

  3. Gerbode Valley Trailhead  ** – 4.8 mile Marin Headlands loop, amazing views of SF. Start by walking across the bridge near the Rodeo Valley Trailhead sign.

  4. Rodeo Beach Trailhead ** – 5.1 mile loop on breezy slopes above Rodeo Lagoon, in the Headlands.

  5. Maurice Thorner Memorial Open Space Preserve ** – 1.9 mile round trip in a small preserve with grassland and rolling hills. Start at the open space gate on Nicasio Valley Road.


** indicated the entire hike requires your dog to be on a leash. For other hikes, off leash is permitted on fire roads under voice control. Dog owners must have a leash for every dog.

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