Famous as much for its fun name as it is for its beautiful scenery, the Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail is located near Mill Valley in California. It is a 2.7-mile moderate loop trail that gets a lot of traffic from those who use it for hiking, walking, and running.
When you and Fido first enter the park, you are greeted with the panoramic vista of Mill Valley. This first road is a fire road and leads you to the Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail, no matter which end of the road you start on. While the climb itself is moderate and invigorating, it is worth every bit of sweat. From the top, the views of Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais Park are awe-inspiring.
To get to the amazing views, you will need to head up the inclines. Some areas are steep, while others are easy to ford. Your loyal pup can aid you in your journey but will need to be kept on a leash at all times. Along your hike, you will pass through connections to Eldridge Grade, Indian Fire Road, and Old Railroad Grade Trails. Some of the trails are very narrow and overlook high vistas and canyons. Take caution with your steps and keep a firm leash on Fido.
It is also relatively easy to get turned around and lost on the Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail, so try to stay close to the paths at all times and don't veer very far off the labeled trail. Carrying a compass with you and analyzing the trail maps that are available online ahead of time are both recommended.
There are many potential hazards to you and Fido on this trail. This area is home to a few toxic plants and wild predatory animals, so be on the lookout and practice caution. Rattlesnakes are known to be abundant in this area as well.