At fourteen acres, Faude Park might be small, but it’s still a real mutts-visit for pups and people looking for a short walk in and around San Anselmo, CA! Faude Park boasts some of the best views in the area, and best of all, your buddy is free to sniff and explore all of the trails off-leash. You’ll find free parking on Tomahawk near the Elkhorn Way turn, but capacity is limited, so it’s best to get there early on the weekends. Unsurprisingly, Faude Park is pretty pawpular with local pooches and their owners, but it’s little known outside the locality, so you’re unlikely to have to deal with crowds.
The fire road and trails in Faude Park are pretty short -- depending on your fitness level, you may be able to explore the entire space within an hour and a half. The trails wind gently uphill through mature oak and madrone forest, and the fire road features a gorgeous meadow that’s studded with a ka-Fido-scope of colorful wildflowers in spring and early summer. At the top of the hill, you’ll find a small bench, where you and your buddy can sit in and take in the breathtaking vistas of San Anselmo, Mount Tamalpais, and the Ross Valley.
Though the trails in Faude Park aren’t that long, a certain level of fitness is required -- some of those inclines are quite sharp, and excluding the fire road, the surfaces are uneven. Athletic animals looking for a challenge are unlikely to find one here, but if you do want to add a few more steps to your workout, you can enter the park from the very steep steps at the western entrance on Stone Court. In terms of facilities, there aren’t any restrooms, but due to the small size of the park, you and your doggo won’t need to "ruff" it for long! Remember to bring bags and water for your pupper, and enjoy your time on the trails!