If you love charming seaside inns and wooftacular vistas, all while hiking along a pawrific, pup-friendly trail, then the Dias Ridge Trail is just what you need. The pawpular Dias Ridge Trail today is the result of dozens of Conservancy volunteers who graciously restored the trail to its furrific condition. This multi-use trail is shared by horseback riders, bikers, and fellow doggoe hikers! Suitable for hiking year-round, the Dias Ridge Trail is one of the more frequented dog-friendly trails within Muir Beach and the Mount Tamalpais State Park.
Pack a light day bag for water, doggie waste bags, and bug repellent before you set out on your 3-mile loop. You'll easily find parking available at both ends of the trail, at the trailhead via the Panoramic Highway at the top, and via the Shoreline Highway at the bottom. The trailhead at Dias Ridge Trail is unlike many other hikes. That's thanks to the unique, 17th-century Pelican Inn which is situated at the start of the hike, or at the end for those beginning in the opposite direction. Here you can enjoy a pint with an appetizing meal before or after your hike.
Muir Beach is known for its beautiful vistas, and the Dias Ridge Trail offers dazzling views of the Pacific Ocean and the Marin Headlands as you cross the Dias Ridge. Chapparals litter the ridgeline along the trail, adding to the trail's unique scenery. You can complete the 3-mile loop of Dias Ridge, or, if you prefer to press on with your pooch, you may continue along the complementary Miwok Trail or Redwood Creek Trails. Both will loop back to Muir Beach, making your trip come full-circle.
Overall, the Dias Ridge Trail is a favorite among passionate hikers. It offers magnificent views, a hearty and cheerful inn, and more! What's not to love? Remember to pack out what you pack in on the trail. Make sure to lend a smile and a woof to fellow explorers on your hike, and leave nothing but pawprints!