Roy’s Redwoods is an open space preserve set in the San Geronimo Valley, to the north of San Francisco. True to its name, it features a sprawling expanse of large and majestic redwood trees, some of which tower over 200 feet. The preserve spans over 200 acres, and it has a short trail system which provides a fantastic opportunity for a hike through nature. Best of all, you can bring your canine companion along for the adventure — dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they are leashed!
There are a number of trails you can choose from in Roy’s Redwoods; the main trail is a loop trail that runs just over two miles around the south-central segment of the preserve. The loop connects to all the other trails, so it is a good place for you and your dog to begin your hike. The southern part of the loop, near Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, connects to the short but scenic Spirit Rock Trail. Head north through the picturesque redwoods and you will find the David Hansen Trail which forks off to the left. This trail takes you into the center of the preserve, which is its most densely forested area, so if you’re looking to experience nature, this is definitely a trail worth checking out. Finally, the Meadow Trail forks off from the main loop further north, and it cuts across the meadow and connects back to the loop trail; this is a good option for those looking to shorten their walking distance.
When you are visiting the trail, make sure to adhere to the trail’s rules and proper etiquette. Bring bags to clean up after your furry friend and note that maps and drinking water are unavailable at the trail, so plan ahead. Also, keep in mind that the restroom facilities are limited.
Roy’s Redwoods has one of the most scenic trail systems in the San Francisco area, and you and your dog are sure to enjoy your time there!