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.

Majestic views, frog concert and sunset upon returning to the trailhead. First part is all up last part you get to cool down and be in the shade if you are hiking later afternoon. Spotted 2 coyotes at 30 feet.

Great trail , beautiful views , other trails you can take for more scenery , love the coast views

great bridge views, little crowded, very windy

Beautiful hike with uninterrupted views on the coastline. Be prepared for changing weather (fog, cold winds...). Also, the lighthouse was opened to the public from 12:30, so a 9:30 start from Muir Beach is enough to arrive there just on time.

Enjoyed this hike and great with the pup!

Amazing views, open trails - great for dogs.

Awesome hike and beautiful views! The dogs loved it.

Great hike with nothing but scenic views. There is not a lot of shade along the trail, and make sure to bring water.

Great Hike. Dog friendly. Some hills but not to steep. Beautiful views of SF. Bring water.

Great trail with amazing views. Moderate difficulty, but very doable

A nice hike with nice ocean views. Part of this loop is along the road which isn’t great. It becomes no pets allowed about .3 miles away from the lighthouse so know that you won’t see it if you bring the pup. Also gets very crowded near the lighthouse.

This is a beautiful hike. Plenty of parking down by the beach. The beginning of the trail has labels for leashed dogs but once you clear crowds and get on the fire road many people had dogs off leash. I started hiking in the afternoon and return to the trailhead around the time for sunset. Very serene to watch the sunset on the cliffs overlooking the water and hearing the waves below. The trail was not that crowded. The elevation change if you do the entire loop is a nice little workout. Once the sun was down I even heard tons of frogs in the field beside the parking lot. If you do the full loop and have dogs off leash make sure to put them back on leash when you get to the lagoon area. The cars surprised me around the corner as the road was right there but doggies were safe.

Nice hike. Early morning fog provides some drama to this hike.

We started the loop at the end of the parking lot. Views of the ocean then Bolinas. As we rose, a bit steep and a good workout, we finally saw Tennessee Valley then Mt Tam, mill valley opened up below us. We could see Sonoma and Napa and then rounded the turn, so Sausalito was spread below. The East bay, The bay bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. Mt Diablo and SF came into view. Fabulous views, steep hikes and easy courses. You can turn down and make it shorter or extend the hike easily. Dogs are not allowed on the extended part. Enjoy!

Great- good parking. Steep areas and great views. Saw a coyote. Met runners along the way and had a great workout.

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

2 months 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. Not much shade cover.


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.

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