Does your canine want to see something cool? Then pack some water, snacks, and a leash and head over to Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. This pawriffic park features Round Top, a volcano that erupted 10 million years ago. That’s woofin’ old! Explore the ancient volcanic activity and left over debris while learning about the East Bay Area’s unique geological past.
Round Top Loop is perhaps the most pupular trail in the preserve. It circles the base of the extinct volcano while meandering through a forest of pines and eucalyptus. Eventually, you will come to a whimsical Labyrinth. Let your pup investigate this rocky spiral to see if they can solve the mystery of who (or what) created it. They can sniff the trinkets that have been left by previous hikers for clues.
Volcanic Trail is also worth checking out. Grab a brochure from the Visitors Center so your pup can follow the self-guided tour. Quarry Trail leads through some fascinating rock formations and eventually connects to the short little Pond Trail. Your pal will be happy to know that all of these trails can be hiked sans leash.
The 31 mile East Bay Skyline National Recreational Trail cuts through the park and runs into the adjacent Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve. If you follow this trail, be aware that dogs must be leashed and are not allowed in this neighboring preserve, so you’ll have to stop at Sibley’s border.
An unstaffed Visitors Center is located at the Skyline
Boulevard entrance. Here you will find displays, restrooms, and drinking water.
From November to February the park is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. But from
March to October, it’s open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. If you opt to unclip
your dog’s leash, be sure to keep them under voice control. Don’t forget water
and clean up bags. Hiking among prehistoric volcanic activity will definitely thrill
your pup to the core!