Dog-friendly Alta Trail

Alta Trail

Sausalito, California 94965
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This is a long but gradual climb from the eastern side of the Marin Headlands. Enjoy Golden Gate views from this trail.

Dogs must be on-leash or under voice control.

Help us keep this trail beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules as they may have changed
• If in off-leash area, keep your dog under voice command
• Respect and protect wildlife and habitats
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

Splash! Photo Credit: @Sweetd67
Splash! Photo Credit: @Sweetd67
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