If you’re looking for a fun, scenic trail to do with your pup, check out the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path! This furrific 3.7-mile point-to-point trail welcomes dogs on-leash, and it takes you past tons of pawesome sights.
You can choose to begin your hike at either the Mill Valley trailhead or the Sausalito trailhead. If you start at the Mill Valley trailhead, one of the first sights you’ll see is the Mill Valley Dog Park. If you’d like, you can let your pup run around here for a bit before you continue on your hike.
As you continue down the path, you’ll walk through the Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve. Here, you’ll cross a series of wooden bridges that go above tidal inlets. This preserve features a picturesque wetland area filled with birds, including egrets, pelicans, willets, stilts, and dowitchers. If you’d like to learn more about the birds you’re seeing, there are informational signs along the path.
After you trek through the preserve, you’ll walk under Richardson Bay Bridge. Then, you’ll enter Sausalito. On the last part of the trail, you’ll walk along beautiful Richardson Bay, where you’ll get great views of the water and the houseboats docked in Sausalito’s marina. After that, you’ll reach the official end of the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path at Gate 5 Road. If all this walking makes you and your pup hungry, you can grab lunch together at one of Sausalito’s many dog-friendly restaurants. Or, you can relax and have a picnic in waterfront Dunphy Park.
Parking is available in numerous spots along the trail. You can also walk to the Sausalito trailhead from the Sausalito Ferry Terminal, making it easy to reach this hike from San Francisco. There are also plenty of restrooms and water fountains available along the Mill-Valley Sausalito Path.
The Mill Valley-Sausalito Path is a beautiful path that takes you through lots of scenic areas. Bring some doggy bags so you can clean up after your dog during your walk, and enjoy trekking here!
There’s very limited shade on the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path. Because of that, it’s a good idea to give your dog extra water during your hike. Also, the portion of the path that goes through the Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve can get muddy and slippery — be sure to watch your step as you’re walking here.