Point Reyes National Seashore boasts some of the most beautiful and ecologically significant terrain anywhere in California. Located in Northern California's Marin County, it boasts around 80 miles of spectacular shoreline, a small portion of which can be explored with a leashed dog all year round.
Kehoe Beach is one of the region's dog-friendly beaches. Located towards the national park's northern boundary, this lovely, little beach is partially open to leashed and well-behaved dogs.
To get to Kehoe Beach, you'll need to hike 0.6 miles alongside a marsh and over a sand dune. Once you reach the shoreline, you have two choices: turning left will take you to a stream that lazily meanders out into the Pacific Ocean while turning right gives you the chance to explore towering sand dunes and marvel at granite and sandstone cliffs.
However, if visiting with your dog, you'll need to turn right. This northern area of the beach is open to dogs on a leash of six feet or less, but dogs are prohibited to the south of the trailhead because this section is protected habitat for the endangered Snowy Plover.
But if you head onto the northern end of Kehoe Beach, you'll soon discover that it's well worth the trek. The dunes and rocky outcrops make for a spectacular backdrop, and there's plenty of soft sand for your pooch to explore. You'll probably want to steer clear of the water, however, as it's usually pretty cold.
As always, don't forget to clean up after your pet and to make sure they're always on their best behavior. Watch out for foxtails and make sure you've packed plenty of water for yourself and your dog.
Kehoe Beach is a pristine and uncrowded beach that your dog will simply love exploring, so why not treat them to a day out here? If you're lucky, you might even be able to enjoy this stretch of sand all to yourselves.