It’s hard to believe that a lush redwood forest exists just minutes from the busy streets of Oakland. Escape into the peaceful Joaquin Miller Park and let your pup take a break from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Named after the eccentric 19th century Cincinnatus Hiner ("Joaquin") Miller, this park will delight your doggo to their very core.
A pawsome network of trails serpentines through this urban oasis. The trails vary in length and can be connected with spur trails, so you can devise a route that best suits your dog’s energy level. Perhaps the most pupular trail in the park is the Sequoia-Bayview Trail. Your pooch will wag their tail as they trot along this wide and mostly flat dirt path. The fresh scent of live oak, redwood, and pine will put some pep into your pup’s step as they delve deep into the forest. Follow the trail as it dips into a couple canyons and passes some trickling creeks.
If your pal enjoys a bit of a climb, follow the Cinderella Trail up to a hilltop plateau and hang out in a beautiful redwood grove. When hiking this route watch for mountain bikers zooming by. If your pal doesn’t like to share the trail with cylists, hop on the Fern Ravine, Wild Rose, or Palos Colorados Trails as these three trails don’t allow bicycles. For a gorgeous creekside hike, take the Sinawik Loop. The northern side of the loop runs next to Palo Seco Creek.
Restrooms and parking can be found throughout the park.
Don’t forget to fill up your water bottles before embarking on your adventure, as all that hiking will make your four legged friend thirsty! Before heading home,
stop by the park’s off leash dog play area and let your pal run around sans
leash. They’ll deplete the last of their energy and you’ll enjoy a tuckered out
pooch on the ride home!