Dog-Friendly Hikes with a Picture-Perfect View

Your guide to the most Instagram-worthy, dog-friendly hikes

hiker with dog at the top of mountain on dog friendly hike
A lot of great, scenic hikes are actually dog friendly! Here are some of our favorite trails. © Linus Strandholm / EyeEm | Getty Images

Can’t decide what you love more about hiking with your dog—the picture-perfect Instagram-worthy views or the dog-hiking adventure? You’re in luck. Sustainable product company Stasher and professional park guide and author Melanie Webb have combined forces to create a list of 18 of the most scenic, hiking trails in the United States for every type of hiker, including the top dog-friendly hikes. Grab your phone or camera and a dog leash and show us your hiking photos at #dogsterdogs for a chance to be featured. For dog-hiking tips, check our Dogster guide to hiking with your dog here.

Four Top Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails

 Here is just a taste of four of the trails for hiking with your dog.

Fort Funston Trails, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco

What dog lovers can expect from this dog-friendly hike in the Bay Area: One-mile round trip with a 200-foot climb to the top of a bluff overlooking the San Francisco coast. Dogs can run off-leash throughout most of the connecting hiking trails.

Lover’s Leap Trail, Custer State Park, South Dakota

What dog lovers can expect: Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota’s 71,000-acre Custer State Park, Lovers Leap Trail is a 3-to-4 mile, moderate-to-hard dog-friendly hike. Dogs must remain on-leash.

Devils Canyon Scenic Area Trail, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, Arkansas

What dog lovers can expect: A 4.6-mile moderately challenging loop located near Mountainburg. The trail includes two waterfalls for playing and cooling off. The area is dog-friendly as long as pups stay on-leash.

Bear Peak, Boulder, Colorado

dog friendly hiking at bear peak in colorado
Photo Credit: @_michaela_jo_ via Instagram

What dog lovers can expect: From an 8,461-foot view of Boulder, Bear Peak is a popular spot for locals. Dogs are allowed off-leash at different points on the trail, as long as they remain within their owner’s view.

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