Dog Friendly Hikes in Sonoma County Your Pup Will Love

Foothill Regional Park in Windsor is a great place to bring your dog.

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For folks with furry friends, whether or not a hike is dog-friendly can be the deciding factor for what park to visit or which trail to hike. It's fun to bring your sidekick along to enjoy the gorgeous woods, rivers, coast, and forests that Sonoma County has to offer. 

Here are a few dog-friendly hikes in Sonoma County your pup will love: 

In the Woods

For quick reference, it's good to note that dogs on leashes are welcome at all Sonoma County Regional Parks, with the only exceptions being Shiloh Ranch and North Sonoma Mountain Regional Parks, where dogs are not allowed on trails. The hikes below are rugged and great for an experienced hiker. Dog Tip: When hiking Hood Mountain Regional Park's 19 miles of trails, make sure to watch that you don't connect with Sugarloaf Ridge State Park's trails, where dogs are not allowed. 

Hood Mountain Regional Park Helen Putnam Regional Park
Taylor Mountain Regional Park  

Along the Coast

The beach on a hot summer's day is a great place to bring your dog. You can embark on miles of trails along the coast, or set up your seat for the day and enjoy the crashing waves of the beach. While you're on the coast, be sure to stop to eat at The Dog House in Bodega. You'll not only get a tasty burger or hot dog for yourself, but your pup will be given his own new favorite lunchtime treat! 

Doran Regional ParkBird Walk Coastal Access Trail
Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access TrailShell Beach Sea Ranch Access Trail
Stillwater Cove Regional ParkGualala Point Regional Park



Dirt Trails

There are also many shorter terrains for hikers of all levels of experience in Sonoma for you and your dog. When hiking at the Foothill Regional Park in Windsor, you'll pass beautiful lakes, oak woodlands, and rolling hillsides. And Spring Lake offers a great loop around the 72-acre lake, making it a common go-to for dog owners on a Saturday morning.

Foothill Regional ParkSonoma Valley Regional Park
Spring Lake Regional ParkRagle Ranch Regional Park



Trails Along the River

If your pup likes the water, a trail along the Russian River is a great option! The Riverfront Regional Park in Healdsburg circles you around its lake with only a quick five-minute stroll to the Russian River behind the lake. Riverfront is also a great place to enjoy lunch under their large redwood picnic table area. 

Riverfront Regional ParkCloverdale River Park
Steelhead Beach Regional ParkGuerneville River Park



At Wineries

Although many wineries allow dogs on property and some even in the tasting rooms, one that stands out for their love for dogs is the Kunde Family Winery, which hosts group dog "hikes" a few times a year. Participants hike through the Kunde Estate for a few hours with a wine tasting at the end. Learn more about dog walks at Kunde. As another option, the property at Bartholomew Estate Winery includes a dog-friendly three-mile scenic trail.

Kunde Family Winery Bartholomew Estate Winery

In addition, here are some great dog parks to take your dog to, as well as pet-friendly restaurants and lodging/camping in Sonoma County.

Plus, Dogtrekker is a great resource for all things dog-friendly in Sonoma County.

Written by Sonoma Insider Mariah Harkey