Hikes To Do With Your Pup

Posted by Jordan Bailey

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It’s #hikeweek here at Scout. Yesterday we dished up a few quick evening hikes to do with friends after work (#microhikes?). Today we’re focused on getting you and your pup beyond that same loop you already do twice a day. Here are 4 off-leash hikes within 20 minutes of downtown SF.

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Stern Grove (Outer Sunset)

By now, you’ve probably been to Fort Funston with your pup, but have you tried Stern Grove? Nestled in the southern corner of the Outer Sunset, Stern Grove is a great alternative during the never-ending windy months. There are several nice walking trails through the ravine, or head to the big, grassy area on the north side of the park to let your dog play off-leash.

After the hike Head to McCoppin Square for an outdoor movie on the lawn. This Friday night, they’ll be screening Maleficent at 7:15. Be sure to bring popcorn, a blanket, and a leash for your pup!

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Bernal Heights Hill

This classic dog-friendly park is one of our favorite spots to take our pooches. If you live in the Mission, this is the off-leash park for you. It’s a mostly uphill climb, but the views make it worthwhile and your dog can roam around off-leash in the 26.3 acres of park.

After the hike Check out Alley Cat Books in the Mission — an awesome bookstore-art gallery combo. The exhibit in their gallery rotates frequently, and in addition to selling new and used books, they have events almost every night. Regular events include: writing and drawing workshops, poetry readings, dance parties, game nights and film screenings. Best of all, they love your pup almost as much as you do.

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Yerba Buena/Treasure Island Walk

If you haven’t explored Yerba Buena and Treasure Island with your dog yet, move it to the top of your to-do list. These two islands in the middle of the bay make for a great Saturday afternoon urban hike.

After the hike Get a little boozy at Treasure Island wines! This urban winery and tasting room loves dogs so much, they’ll actually give you a free tasting on the weekends when you bring your pup. Free wine and an afternoon with your dog, what could be better than that?

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Buena Vista Park

Another of our favorite dog parks boasting endless views, Buena Vista Park is a go to for you and your pup. Enter from the southern side to avoid the uphill climb (not to mention the chaos of Upper Haight). There’s usually parking on Roosevelt. Bonus: if you prefer an enclosed dog run, head just across the street to Corona Heights.

After the hike Check out Stuff just down Duboce for a little thrift shopping. It’s a huge (two story!) antiques store with one-of-a-kind artwork, furniture, clothing and tons of knick knacks. You and your pooch could get lost exploring in there for hours.

Photos by: Tciriello, Matthew RutledgeHannah Webb, Michael Gil
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