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Walking Dogs Over The Golden Gate Bridge

Update: We’ve been made aware that the walkway at the Golden Gate Bridge is not pet friendly. Unfortunately, we missed the prohibition against dogs on their website and there were no informative signs at the site. We’re sorry for our inadvertent infraction and we hope that someday this site will be open for all dogs to enjoy.

Traveling with your dogs means you do some things you might not otherwise do. It’s a good thing – challenging your preconceived notions. Walking over the Golden Gate Bridge hadn’t even made our radar on previous visits to San Francisco, but this time was different. It was something the dogs could do with us. Although, Ty looked like he’d rather stay in the Winnebago and take a nap.

Ty at Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

You want me to walk how far?

Dogs and pedestrians can stroll the eastern walkway of the bridge every day from 5 am until dark. The crowds get pretty thick on the weekends, so we waited until a weekday morning and had plenty of room to enjoy the views without worrying about people stepping on the dogs. If the weekend is your only option, avoid some traffic by going between 3:30 pm and dark when the eastern walkway is closed to bicycles.

Rod and Buster on Bridge The only other place you’ll get views like this is on a ferry – but they’re not pet friendly. We spent about ninety minutes walking the 1.7 mile bridge, including breaks to admire and take photos of the city and the bay.

View from Bridge View from Bridge 2 If you’re not big on heights, you may want to sit this one out … the bridge deck is 245 feet above the surface of the water!

Ty Looking Down Boat Under Bridge The parking lots on both sides of the bridge are easy to locate and there is no charge to park or walk the bridge – unlike driving over it, which will set you back six bucks. It was the perfect place to stop and let the dogs stretch their legs. When we got back, the boys were ready for a nap.

What’s the most unusual attraction you’ve seen with your dog?

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Comment Archive

Pup Fan Jul 26, 2011 at 1:04 am
Very cool!
Amy@GoPetFriendly Jul 24, 2011 at 1:12 am
Oh yeah, vertigo is nothing to mess with. The good news is that there are plenty of places in San Fran where you guys can have fun together, and where your human can keep her feet on the ground.
Amy@GoPetFriendly Jul 24, 2011 at 1:10 am
I love that you Dogs read about poop and think of me!! :-D I hadn't seen this article, but I did know about the dog-poop powered street light in MA. I really hope Arizona decides to pursue it.
Amy@GoPetFriendly Jul 24, 2011 at 1:07 am
Thanks, Anil! Spending time with exploring ancient ruins with your dog must be really cool. I'm totally jealous.
Amy@GoPetFriendly Jul 24, 2011 at 1:06 am
Ummmm, you also took her to see Niagara Falls. :-D
Amy@GoPetFriendly Jul 24, 2011 at 1:05 am
I'm happy to report that Trees of Mystery is still very pet friendly, Allie! We were there earlier this week, although we didn't head up the gondola due to the heavy fog. Pets are still welcome on the trails, the gondola and even in the gift shop. The tree houses sound completely cool! Too bad it's not pet friendly anymore, though I know I'd never get Ty up there unless I carried him.
Amy@GoPetFriendly Jul 24, 2011 at 1:00 am
It's funny Peggy - even in July the weather is very cool in San Fran. I'm not in any of these photos, but if I were you'd see I was wearing a down vest! No, being that high didn't bother any of us. It was just like walking on a sidewalk, as long as you didn't look down. ;-)
Hawk aka BrownDog Jul 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm
Hi Y'all! I'd have to sit that one out.  My Human has trouble getting on a ladder to hang curtains.  Vertigo, I understand, is not a nice thing and can cause a fall.  Y'all come by now, Hawk aka BrownDog
Anil Jul 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Probably the most usual place I've been with Falafel is Ephesus in Turkey on a winter day. It was deserted and fun to walk around the ancient ruins with pug in tow :) I love the top photo, especially how the  fog grazes the top of the bridge :)
Karen Friesecke Jul 23, 2011 at 5:15 am
Hmmm, what have I gone to see with the Petite Flower... I've walked around the CN Tower with her & checked out the Welland Boat Locks with her and she's taken a pee outside the biggest Cabela's  in Dundee, Michigan. I know, not that interesting.
Allie Jul 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm
Two that stand out: the Trees of Mystery in Northern CA was very dog friendly when we were there in 2005. Since much of that area is NP where dogs aren't allowed off pavement, it was cool to take them on the trails with us to see big trees. They were even allowed to ride the Sky Trail gondola! Totally fun. The second (visited on the same trip) was the Treesort in Southern OR. It's a B&B where you rent a treehouse, instead of a room. Super cool and dog friendly, at the time. One of our dogs (the brave one) followed me up a spiral staircase (very open relative to a dog's perspective) and across a wood/rope bridge! Unfortunately, I think he realized what he was doing once we reached the other side of the bridge and he refused to budge from our perch up in the trees. It took more work on my part to get him back down! :) Unfortunately, the last time I looked they were no longer pet friendly. :(
CamelsAndChocolate Jul 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm
I've never actually taken Ella over the Golden Gate Bridge, even though the entrance is a mile from our apartment. It never crossed my mind! Though I posed her in front of it from Land's End when she was just eight weeks old =)
Jul 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm
Wow that is a cool idea. At least it looks like it wasn't too hot a day for the walk. Did being up so high bother you guys, or the dogs? It would have me. But the view is worth it.