If there’s a more dog-friendly big city than San Francisco, we certainly don’t know about it. An abundance of open space available to the canine set is one thing that makes the City by the Bay so enticing to DogTrekkers. Well behaved pooches are allowed to exercise and socialize off-leash in two dozen places within city limits, including several—Alamo Hill, Bernal Heights, Crissy Field, Fort Funston—with views to drool over.
Unleashed! Photo Credit: @princesshasegawa
• Fort Funston, San Francisco. This stretch of rugged headlands just south of Ocean Beach in the southwest part of the city is not fenced, but it’s nirvana for off-leash dogs and woofing with canine activity even on drizzly, foggy days. more »
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There are thousands of places to hike with kids and dogs in California, but if you’re new to an area, it can be hard to know just where to go, especially if you have tots in a stroller. You can always go to DogTrekker.com’s new Family-Friendly section to read the latest stories. Plus, here are a few paw- and kid-tested suggestions. more »
Dog advocates at victory celebration - Top left: Huey Johnson (Resource Renewal Institute), Christine Corwin (Coastside Dog), Cassandra Fimrite (Marin County DOG), Navi Dhillon (Morrison Foerster), Sally Stephens (SFDog), Chris Carr (Baker Botts), Dave Emanuel (Save Our Recreation), Bottom left: Andrea Buffa (Save Our Recreation), Mel Barti (MCD), Laura Pandapas (MCD), and Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears
Dog advocates who helped defeat the National Park Service’s plan to curtail dog-walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area gathered at Muir Beach for a victory celebration last weekend, and there were lots of smiles and wagging tails on display. Here’s what the leaders of the campaign had to say: more »
Lands End Trail - Photo Credit: gastondog (CC)
In San Francisco, GGNRA lands wrap the shoreline almost all the way from Fort Mason in the north to Fort Funston in the south, with a few breaks along the way. Dogs and their people can enjoy miles-long leashed walks with ocean views and, at a few places, unclip their canine companions to chase the surf and run free. more »
Park users tell it like it is
With Bay Area populations growing and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) lands being ever more heavily used, the National Park Service (NPS) in 2001, under the guise that dogs were harming wildlife and the environment, first moved to severely reduce the areas where four-legged companions would be allowed, both on-leash and off.
Existing rules defining dog-friendly trails and beaches had been established in 1979, allowing dogs on approximately 1 percent of the 80,000-acre patchwork of public lands spanning three counties. Various iterations of the proposed GGNRA Dog Management Plan were produced in ensuing years. The final draft would have banned dogs from 90 percent of existing off-leash space, half of on-leash trails and all access in the San Mateo County portions of the GGNRA. more »