Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Los Altos, CA

There are 27 dog friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of Los Altos. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Los Altos.

Pet Friendly Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is a dog-friendly park in Redwood City, CA. Take your pet for an on-leash hike throughout this large, lovely nature preserve, or let them run free in the 17.5-acre area located in the center of the preserve, accessible from the Cordilleras Trail, Polly Geraci/Hassler Trails and the Blue Oak Trail. Be careful as the area is fenced and signed at entrances, but there is no fencing around the off-leash area. Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the off-leash area. See Details
Pet Friendly Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve Leashed dogs are allowed on all trails at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve except Lost and Razorback Trails. See Details
Quarry Lakes Park welcomes leashed dogs. Walk along the trails surrounding the lakes. See Details
Los Gatos Creek Trail The Los Gatos Creek Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Los Gatos! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Oyster Point Marina/Park Oyster Point Marina/Park is a dog-friendly public marina and 33-acre park. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the recreational facility, which features a 408-berth marina, hiking and jogging trails, a 300-foot fishing pier, picnic facilities, and a 2.5-acre sandy beach. Dog owners must clean up after their pet during their visit to Oyster Point. See Details
Sanborn County Park Sanborn County Park is pet-friendly. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on the woodland trails that wind around this lush 3,453 acre park. Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard, walk with your pup in the shadows of redwoods and tan bark oak. The park offers hike-in camping, RV camping and picnicking opportunities year-round. Sanborn County Park is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Almaden Quicksilver County Park Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a view of California's mining era history. With remnants from the latter part of the 19th century, you can look back in time at the mining operations of that day. Also, Spring offers the chance to see one of the most spectacular wildflower displays of the region. There are over 34.2 miles of hiking trails open to your pet also. Picnic tables are scattered throughout. Fishing is also available, but due to the accumulation of mercury in the reservoirs, the fish are unsafe to eat. Your dog must be on a 6' leash, and handlers must be at least 16 years old. Only two dogs per handler. Owners are responsible for pet care and clean up. Aggression is not tolerated. All dogs must wear proof of current license, rabies vaccination, and must not be in heat. See Details
Fremont Older Open Space Preserve Pets are welcome on-leash on the trails of this beautiful Saratoga nature preserve. A great place for a hike! See Details
Coyote Creek Trail The Coyote Creek Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in San Jose! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Coyote Creek Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Bayfront Park This park features both easy and challenging trails with beautiful views of the bay where your leashed pet is welcome to join you. See Details
Baylands Nature Preserve Bounded by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve is one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats.

Many consider this area to be one of the best bird watching areas on the west coast. The preserve has a substantial resident population of birds as well as being a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway.

Dogs are allowed on-leash unless posted.
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Hellyer Dog Park Pets love to play off-leash at this huge fenced dog park known for its friendly crowd. Drinking water available. Fee for parking on-site. See Details
Butano State Park Dog-friendly Butano State Park is a quiet canyon, brimming with babbling creeks and redwood trees. Leashed dogs are welcome in the campground and in paved developed areas. Dogs must be confined to a tent or vehicle at night, and they are not allowed on trails. Butano State Park is open from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Linda Vista Park This is an 11-acre site that includes a reservable picnic/barbecue area for 136, two play equipment areas (pre-school and elementary), a fitness station, as well as a large turf area. Linda Vista Park is open daylight hours to one hour after sunset. See Details
Alameda Creek Regional Trail Following the banks of Alameda Creek for roughly twelve miles, Alameda Creek Regional Trail is dog-friendly! The south-side trail is recommended for bikers, hikers, joggers, and runners. The north-side trail is designed for horseback riding. Fido must be on a leash where posted, and under complete voice control elsewhere. Dog owners must clean up after their pets. A trail map can be found on Alameda Creek Regional Trail's official website. See Details
Water Dog Lake Park Leashed pets are welcome at this Belmont park, where they'll be rewarded at the end of their hike with a dip in the pet-friendly pond. See Details
Mission Peak Regional Park Mission Peak Regional Park is a gorgeous, dog-friendly park in Fremont, CA, that features numerous trails through hills spotted with wildflowers and birds. Pets are welcome to join you on-leash. See Details
Pearson Arastradero Preserve Bring your pet with you on-leash as you hit the trails of this beautiful Palo Alto preservation area. See Details
Holbrook Palmer Park Holbrook Palmer Park is pet-friendly. Leashed dogs are welcome at this family-friendly Atherton public park. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. Holbrook Palmer Park can be accessed from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Waterdog Park Leashed dogs are welcome on the extensive trails of this lovely park. Check out the wonderful views, or follow the scenic lake loop trail. See Details
Plaza de Cesar Chavez Bring your dog to this walk in the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, also known Cesar Chavez Park. The park spans two acres in the middle of downtown San Jose. As you stroll, take time to smell the all of the beautiful flowers and let Fido splash in the water fountains. The park is a hub of activity and you may get to experience one of the festivals and live music performances frequently held in the plaza. See Details
Stevens Canyon Trail Stevens Canyon Trail is pet-friendly. Hop on this beautiful shady trail along the creek that leads to a reservoir with your outbound hound. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are well-behaved and all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details
Coal Creek Preserve Coal Creek Preserve is pet-friendly. Bring your leashed pooch on an afternoon hike along the trails at this preserve. If you walk them all, you can enjoy a nice three-mile loop together. The best part of this hiking system are the views of the San Francisco Bay Area that can be seen from the open grassland ridges. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details