Lake Lagunitas is a lake in Marin County, California which rests in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a relatively small lake with a surface area of just 22 acres, but its natural beauty and scenic setting make it a favorite destination of many people in San Francisco. The lake is surrounded by a small loop trail that runs about one and a half miles, and this trail is a fantastic destination for those looking to explore Marin county’s Redwood forests or catch a glimpse of some fascinating California wildlife. The trail also welcomes dogs, so it is a furrific destination for a walk with your canine companion!
Parking for Lake Lagunitas Loop Trail is on the west side of the lake. The parking fee is $8 (note that $20 bills are not accepted, but credit cards are), and after you park, you will come across a small picnic area that can be a great place to rest your legs after you finish walking the loop. This is also where you will find the only set of restrooms along the trail. Once you start walking the trail, you will notice it is mostly shaded by majestic redwood trees. Keep an eye out for animals on the lake as well; you might see ducks, turtles, and other amazing wildlife. On the northern side of the lake, you will find the trail branches off. If you take the north branch, you will be following Pilot Knob Trail, which is part of a larger trail complex. To stay on Lake Lagunitas Loop Trail, bear to the right and follow the branch that runs along the lake.
When you are visiting the trail, make sure to follow the trail’s rules: furry friends must be kept on their leash at all times. Also, make sure to bring some bags to clean up after your dog.
Lake Lagunitas is a hidden gem in Marin County; you and your dog are sure to love its scenic setting and beautiful shaded trail!