Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail map should not include Point Bonita Trail. There's not a direct way to get from the Wolf Ridge-Lagoon Loop to Point Bonita without walking on the side of the road and through parking lots. Also, while the Miwok/Coastal/Lagoon trails are all dog-friendly, the Lighthouse Trail is definitely not. Just cut off the Lighthouse trail from this map and you've got a perfect day hike loop. A lot of confused people go into the park looking for the "Marin Headlands Loop trail" but won't find that. Just look for the Miwok or Lagoon trails to get started.

Beautiful ocean views!! Just know it's not dog friendly at the Lighthouse. They will turn you away if you try to see it with your pup.

From the Rodeo Beach parking lot go clockwise: Coastal Trail - Wolf Ridge Trail - Miwok Trail - Rodeo Valley Trail - parking lot. Personal rating: good hike to repeat, moderate level, not long, 1 hr 45 min, beautiful views.

Love this loop and generally not too many people

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14 days ago

Good hike but would be hot in summer as the ridge is exposed with little shade. Dogs loved it and few ticks...

Good out and back hike. Starting at Big Rock the trail is all uphill for 3.5 miles. The elevation change is moderate and provides a good workout but not a difficult one.. Beautiful vistas of Lucas Valley the entire way. Very little shade so best hiked in the morning or on cool days.

Great views. Not too difficult, although there's almost no shade, so wear sunscreen!

Outstanding hike and views! Just a great day!

Cool views. Very chill walking

Excellent hike with two distinct and very different parts. Park at visitor center per the trail map guidelines, then hike the loop clockwise. First part of the hike is out to Pt. Bonita lighthouse and back and is very scenic. Note that the Pt Bonita lighthouse is only open Sat- Mon starting at 12:30 and only stays open for a few hours. Second part of the hike is moderately steep going up from Rodeo Beach almost to the top of Hill 88, then loops back down the Miwok Trail and back to the trailhead. This second part of the hike is more typical of a Marin Headlands hike. Hiking time: 2.5 hrs.

I took the suggestion to go counter-clockwise which was beautiful as the sun was going down and def worth the short divert to Hill 88. Really great, short trail, not too taxing- just watch out for mountain bikes on the single track sections.

beautiful hike, gorgeous views of two beaches and rugged coastline. Great wildflowers in spring

Nice hike to get in during the late afternoon if you have a late start. I would recommend this hike on a hot day. There were some cool breezes when we went. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge would have been better if there had not been any fog.

Amazing hike, moderate, with stunning views!

Great hike! Went with my dog! Here are two tips!

(1) if you start at the parking lot most people go clockwise. For a more spectacular climax, and to get the slightly boring and flat bits out of the way first, I suggest going counterclockwise.

(2) Take the slight detour for Hill 88. It's not that much longer and gets you to a higher peak.

Nice trail. Pretty hard with lots of steep ups and downs.

great hike with your pup! whale sightings!

Gorgeous trail! I'd recommend going around the big hill counter clockwise first, so that you get to see the full ocean view right after climbing uphill -- a beautiful reward after a hot walk. There's basically no shade so be aware of that. Also, there's a portion of paved, sort of king pathway that you can't really walk around because of the dense shrubbery around it, so beware if you are bringing a dog. But I did see a lot of dogs around and they seemed to be doing ok. Just a thought!

Great surprisr hike up the hill and through history. I started out around the lagoon, and thought i'd go to the beach. Next thing I knew, i was touring old bunkers and heading toward the lighthouse which was unfortunately closed. What a sort of post-apocolyptic site... remnants of San FRANCISCO's defense system from over a century ago. I even saw a bobcat on the prowl... Quite a number of kids' camps touring the area so i even got caught up in a game of tag...

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