Dog Parks Around Oakland, California

Oakland, California, has a number of fenced-in, off-leash dogs parks around the city. There are also a couple of regional parks where dogs are allowed to hike without leashes. This area has beautiful nature, and some of the parks have Redwood trees.

Hardy Dog Park

Hardy Dog Park is over 2 acres in size, and is a fenced-in, enclosed space. It is a shaded area where dogs are allowed to bark and roam freely, and there is nearby parking. Outside of this dog park is a grassy area and open space, but they must be leashed to go there.

Joaquin Miller Dog Park

Joaquin Miller Dog Park is divided into two sections; one is for big dogs, and one is for smaller ones. It is fenced-in, has nearby restrooms, benches, trash cans, waste bags, water bowls and a drinking fountain. There are often tennis balls and other toys lying around to play fetch.

Leona Canyon Trail

The Leona Canyon Trail is a hiking space in Oakland, situated behind Merritt College. Locals consider this a great place to go on a short hike with their dogs, as they are allowed to roam around leash-free with no additional usage fee. A trail map is available online.

Mosswood Park Dog Run

This dog run is located within greater Mosswood Park, and is 700 square yards of fenced-in space that is separated into large and small dog areas. There is double-gated entrance, along with benches, waste bags, trash cans and a drinking fountain. The rest of the park has Redwood trees, along with picnic areas and a small amphitheater. Dogs must be leashed to explore the rest of Mosswood Park.

Richard Trudeau Training Center

The Richard Trudeau Training Center is a beautiful place with large Redwood trees, trash cans and waste bags. Though not fenced, there are trails to explore the park, and it is recommended to obtain a map. Its area has both hills and flatland; dogs are allowed to be off-leash in this place.

Robert Sibley Volcanic Preserve

The Robert Sibley Volcanic Preserve is a park of over 600 acres, and they allow off-leash dogs to hike around most of the park, as trails are unpaved and its premises are mostly undeveloped. There are lots of different trails where people and dogs can exlpore this preserve, and it is full of interesting wildlife, plantlife and geological formations. There is a trail map available online. Though dogs are permitted in this park, they are forbidden in the nearby Huckleberry trails.

Dog-Friendly Hiking in Marin County, California

Marin County is one of the most beautiful parts of all California, with plenty of pristine nature to enjoy for a day trip. It is a wonderful area to drive to if you are on vacation in San Francisco, as you are able to cross the famous Golden Gate Bridge and escape into the mountains to experience woods, peaks, fields and views of the ocean, bay and city skyline.

Apart from the actual drive, there are various opportunities for you and your dog to get some exercise. Unfortunately, dogs (and bikes) are prohibited in the areas of the Muir Woods, Point Reyes and Tomales Bay, so stay clear of those. Dogs must be on leash to enjoy the rest of the trails.


Mount Tamalpais State Park

Often known as “Mt. Tam,” this park is very accessible from San Francisco, being a short distance north of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are rolling fields, along with dense green forests that have redwoods scattered throughout them. This park is open from 7:00 AM to sunset, year round. It has about 50 miles of trails, where you can easily take your dog on leash.


One great trail is the Cataract Falls, which is 2.6 miles out and back. It goes along a creek, and then through 7 different waterfalls and to a lake. The trail is well-maintained and popular. It tends to get muddy when there are a lot of people there, so bring proper hiking shoes and a towel for your dog.

The trail is of moderate difficulty, and you will need to ascend and descend a few cases of stairs. There are a couple areas that have open fields to relax and have a picnic, just watch out for spiders. There are some restrooms along the trails, but no drinking water.


Phoenix Lake is another option, which is in the Marin Municipal Water District. It is located near the town of Ross, and and there is a 4.4 mile loop that is a beginner’s level. Phoenix Lake is regarded by locals to be a popular place to walk their dogs, so it’s an ideal place if your dog wants to meet some new friends. There is also a good deal of wild life present, including species of birds, turtles, newts and lizards.

Tip: The parking area can only hold 24 cars, so try to get there early.

Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve

The Mount Burdell area also has a lot of exploration options. There are even some cattle present during part of the spring to help graze the grass. Be aware that there are no restrooms or accessible water on these trails, so come with your own supplies.


The peak of Mount Burdell is situated at 1,558 feet, and you can trek to be rewarded with fantastic views of the whole Bay Area. The trails are full of many oak trees, and they are fairly difficult, but not impossible. There are a couple different hikes that go up to the summit; Cobblestone Fire Route (through Deer Camp Fire Road or Middle Burdell Fire Road) is the easiest, while Old Quarry Trail is more steep.

Note: Dogs are prohibited from the wildlife area on the western part of the park. They must be on a leash under 6 feet in the rest of the area.