Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Oakland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great little trail. Dogs can be off leash after 100ft from the parking lot. As mentioned below you must drive onto private property (that isn't fenced) to get to the public parking lot and the trail head but the trail is not on private property.

There is a coyote currently living in the canyon. Met it one morning with my dog; it was like 80-100ft up the hill. There is a sign at the entries about the coyote. It's real. They must have had a good snack on Thanksgiving as there were ribcage bones on the trail, and I saw a hoof this week.

I have hiked this trail many times and it’s always fun.

hiking
1 month ago

amazing trail, will definitely come back again. the entire hike was scenic and surrounded by trees. not so strenuous and beautiful the whole loop. there are many mountain bikers on this path as well

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a very easy mostly uphill very very short trail but it is worth the 25 minutes you spend on it

Great hike: shaded, redwoods and a little incline. About 1 hour 20 minute hike.

walking
1 month ago

An easy paved trail through a canyon in the middle of Piedmont. There is a beautiful stream with a half dozen little waterfalls through it. It is also an off-leash area for dogs. It's especially nice for that since there's not much poison oak in this park (which is common to this area). Strollers and bikes aren't a good choice with all the steep stairs. The park above is beautiful and manicured, but the canyon trail is left more natural and is entirely covered from direct light by huge trees. Great for a quick scenic walk.

hiking
1 month ago

This used to be a family favorite. The trail has been destroyed by heavy mountain bike use. Signs of trail erosion are evident with plants and shrubbery covered and suffocating under layers of trail dust. Prepare to cover your airway when bikes wiz past, kicking up clouds of dust.

Beautiful really well shaded trail. Lots of space for most of the hike on the trail. Got a little turned around but had fun finding our way back.

Perfect short hike and steep incline. Great for leg days! Plus the view! Better to head down the same way you came from. I went further and thought I could easier loop back, but I just ended in circle on the Panoramic.

1 month ago

Hard trail! amazing view at top. fav hike in the bay

on York Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful. Terrain is a little difficult.

Hard to find the start

Views were excellent, take it counter clockwise for a calm downhill section to an incline and then another downhill. Through the shade and at the end is a picnic ground, did not partake as another party had occupied the area plan to next time. 1 hour 20 minutes perfect mid day hike

This trail was quite fun as a trail runner! The initial ascent along the West Ridge Trail is quite steep and not very runnable (unless you have calves of steel!) but beyond that the trail is very runnable. I went on a Monday morning and parked at the Wayside Parking Lot. It was my first time at the park and there weren’t too many people but trail markings were abundant. Once I hit the East Ridge Trail I did see a lot more people (and dogs!!) walking and hiking about. I didn’t really get to see the exact viewpoints where one could see SF and Mt Diablo but then again it was also a cloudy day. The fire trails were quite wide and it was overall a fun 12.4km/7.9mile run!

Quite a bit of shade, good for dogs

hiking
3 months ago

I love it. Will def do again. Lots of friendly pups and wonderful views. Beware of some steep hills!

FYI no bathroom. Nice trail though.

Nice trail with shade trees interspersed. Benches begin to appear after about one mile. FYI: You must drive onto private property to find the parking lot and trail head. Popular spot for dog walkers but all we met were friendly with their charges under control.

Nice 1.5-2 hour loop. First leg of Golden Spike parallels Redwood Rd so there is some road noise at first but not bad. Also very few people on this stretch. Once on Tate trail, it traverses away from the road so much more quiet. Bigger crowds emerged once the trail met up with West Ridge. Would do again.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail for a walk in the woods. Many people bring dogs and some are off-leash so be prepared. There are a lot of birds and in the spring the flowers are beautiful & the water flows in the creek creating a serene oasis.

Nice trail. A little narrow/steep at points. Great view at the end.

Beautiful, varied views and a good length. The hike starts out level along a wide fire road that is fully exposed with a few parts that having a gentle decline. The vistas are wonderful... looking out into the valley and the facing hillside full of redwood trees and in the distance you can see golden rolling hills. The sign post for the Prince Trail was missing, so pay attention... it is a well defined trail heading down to the right just past a bench lookout. The Prince Trail is a bit steep and re-enters the tree line. The Stream Trail takes you on a level ramble through some redwoods... very lovely! Tres Sendas gains in elevation. There are a few creek crossings that were minor in the summer, but may be more of an issue in the wet season. As you leave the redwoods and transition into oaks you will hit the French Trail. I missed it and got a bit lost... it is a sharp right uphill. (If you get to a cluster if seven or so stump seats, turn around and you'll see it behind you. Don't take the French Trail to the left, it means you missed the turn off! Head back down the trail.) The French Trail is a steady climb back up to the East Ridge Trail. It's mostly covered by trees and narrows with some poison oak on the sides, so wear long pants. It is a short level walk back to the parking lot along a fire road. The ridge trails are both busy, but it is much quieter as you head into the valley. Nice variety of views and vegetation. Great way to feel outside the city!

hiking
5 months ago

Busy trail when I did it and not one I'd repeat. The park in general wasn't very well kept up. Hopefully it's changed now

Great easy hike. There is a point in the loop part that is kind of hard to follow because the signs aren’t good. You come off the trail and walk around the horse arena then connect back to Sequoia Bayview trail on the horse arena short cut trail.

on Leona Canyon Trail

5 months ago

Nice hike. A wide, mostly shaded trail that begins with a gentle incline and becomes a bit steeper in the last third before heading back. Great midweek, post-work hike.

goid hike a bit a hill, some flat, rocks and tree cover

Mostly shaded hike with a few exposed areas. Youou pass a lot of bay trees, eucalyptus and redwoods. It makes for some lovely scents along the trail. There is a moderate uphill section in the middle, but ends with mostly downward slope. Great hike for exercise!

It is a great hike but the description is inaccurate and which is why I am giving it 4 Stars. I am an experienced hiker and this was definitely a hard one, one of the harder ones I’ve done. The hike up on West ridge trail was a killer. The description says it’s a cool climate in hot weather however it was actually extremely hot. Today was 70° and it felt scorching because more than half offered little to no shade. Brought my dog and it was very tough on him. If you know what to expect it was great: beautiful views and a great workout but just be adequately prepared as we were not :)

6 months ago

A beautiful hike along the creek! Kids can enjoy playing in the water, and climbing over roots and fallen trees. at the top it opens up to a flat flower filled path with beautiful views. It's our favorite trail hands down.

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