By Blair Friedeman,
Director of Marketing

Looking for great dog-friendly hikes for you and your furry friends? Since our local lands are filled with critical habitat for a variety of sensitive species, not all preserves have dog-friendly trails. To make it easier for you to find a spot to bring your dog, here’s a list of our favorite POST-protected properties right here on the Peninsula that do welcome man’s best friend. Learn more about these dog-friendly hikes below!

Waterfall Hike
Coal Creek Open Space Preserve (Portola Valley, San Mateo County)

This three-mile hike offers a lovely mix of woods and grassy patches, with an energetic stream winding through it all. POST saved this pristine habitat from becoming a housing development. This property, now managed by our partner Midpen, is an important link to Windy Hill, Skyline Ridge and Russian Ridge Open Space Preserves. Look for blackberries along the trail, and keep your pets away from the local skunks! You can find more route details here.

Arastradero Creek Loop
Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (Palo Alto, Santa Clara County)

Once you’re out on the trail, it’s hard to believe that the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve is within the city limits of Palo Alto. Lucky you, though – this grassy oasis is only a short drive from downtown. This 3.7-mile loop hike is full of rolling hills, great views and lots of wildlife for your pet to get excited about. The first section of the preserve was protected in 1981, and in 2002 POST continued this legacy by saving an additional section of land in the park from being developed. When you hit the trail, look for wildflowers, California quail, blackberries, wild roses and cottontail rabbits. You can find more route details here.

Windy Hill
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve (Portola Valley, San Mateo County)

Looking for a challenge? Try the steep grades at Windy Hill, the first property that POST ever protected back in 1980. It’s still one of Midpen’s crown jewels, especially popular given that it’s essentially in Portola Valley’s backyard and that the trails are all dog-friendly. Try the classic and popular ridge trail, a 7.2-mile hike provides beautiful views of the entire Peninsula from the summit. Look for Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais and Mount Hamilton, as well as California mule deer, coyote, bobcats, and raptors. You can find more route details here.

Kennedy-Limekiln Area Loop
Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve (Los Gatos, Santa Clara County)

If you have an energetic dog that craves adventure, you’ll love this hike! This 13.3-mile trek is great for owners and pets who take their hiking seriously. Your hard work will be rewarded with panoramic views of the South Bay. Look for coast live oak, bay trees, redwoods, deer, bobcats, and coyotes and bring a snack to treat yourself at the top! You can find more route details here.

Looking for more trail inspiration? Download our hikes guide for additional dog-friendly hikes, treks, bike routes and more!

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