Dog Friendly Trails in SoCalPosted by Adventure 16 | 09.15.2017
Resouces for Dog Friendly Parks & Trails in Southern Califonia
This list of Southern California trails, is a work in progress so be sure to check back again. Feel free to email us additions or corrections--or a photo or two of your dog on one of the listed trails. See you out there. Woof!
Tips for Hiking with Dogs:
- On trails and in parks, assume dogs must be on a leash, unless otherwise stated
- Always pick up after your pet immediately
- Always bring plenty of fresh water and a snack for your dog. Medium to large-sized dogs can easily carry their own supplies. (A16 carries a range of dog packs, trail booties, packable bowls, toys and other pet trail accesssories.)
See below for an interactive map of the trails mentioned in this blog post.
Los Angeles Area:
- 7 Off-Leash Dog Walks You Might Not Have Done Yet -- from Los Angeles Magazine
- Dog-friendly Beaches in Los Angeles -- from California Beaches
- HikeSpeak.com: A collection of over 75 dog-friendly trails around Los Angeles.
- Hiking Trails for Dogs in Los Angeles: “There are a few general rules for locating dog-approved trails around L.A. If it's national, like Angeles National Forest or Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, you can bet that dogs are welcome. If it's a California state park, like Malibu Creek State Park or Topanga State Park, dogs probably aren't invited on trails. City and county parks like Griffith Park usually allow dogs. Despite some restrictions, there are lots of great parks around Los Angeles that welcome canine companions. Here are five great hiking trails to explore.” -- Huffington Post Seth Smigelski creator Hikespeak.com
- Palos Verdes Peninsula -- "Conservancy managed trails offer a wide variety of walks and experiences, many of which feature spectacular views, native plants and wild flowers, fascinating geology, glimpses of the Peninsula's history, and animal sightings. They range from easy strolls to strenuous climbs up hillsides and ridges." Leashed dogs are allowed.
Another great resource for hikes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula can be found on HikeSpeak.com, which includes links with photos, GPS maps, and directions.
- Orange County's Dog Friendly Parks & Trails: For the best dog-friendly hiking trails, check out “Carbon Canyon, Irvine, O'Neill, Peters Canyon and Santiago Oaks.
San Diego County
- BringFido.com -- Dog Friendly Trails in San Diego
- Balboa Park Trails, San Diego Trails are decscribed here for trails that allow leashed dogs. For unleashed dogs, visit Nate's Point on Balboa Drive & El Prado, west of Cabrillo Bridge.
- Batiquitos Lagoon, between Encinitas & Carlsbad Leashed dogs are welcome The lagoon can be seen and experienced from a nature trail on the north side. The public walking and hiking trail is about 2 miles long.
- Bluffs Beach Trail--San Onofre State Beach (North San Diego County)Six signed Beach Trails descend from the Bryce Canyon-like bluffs to the beach. Dogs permitted on trails 1 & 6 only.
- Check the tide table before attempting this hike as some sections are impassable at high tide.
- Cleveland National Forest--San Diego, Orange & Riverside counties. Leashed dogs are permitted on trails and in campgrounds (limit of 2 dogs per camp site). Click here to view a list of trails and trail guide. Rules for bringing your dog can be found here.
- Clevenger Canyon Open Space Park. Leashed dogs are allowed. Click here for trail map. From San Diego, take the Interstate 15 to Via Rancho Parkway and travel east. Turn right on San Pasqual Valley Road and follow signs to the Wild Animal Park. The southern trail head is located 5.3 miles from the Wild Animal Park and the northern tail head is 5.8 miles ahead. Parking lots are open from sunrise to sunset. For more information on San Pasqual and Clevenger Canyon, call the office of the park ranger at (858) 538-8082.
- San Dieguito River Park Trails-- Leashed dogs are allowed in this natural open space park. Click here for maps & trail descriptions.
- El Cajon Mountain--This very difficult 11.2 mile out and back hike is uphill both ways. Widely considered the hardest hike in San Diego County, this hike has hills aplenty, coming and going. Take plenty of water for you and your pet as there is no shade. The trail is closed the entire month of August.
Directions: From San Diego, take I-8 east or Hwy 52 East to Hwy 67. Go North to Mapleview Rd and turn right. Mapleview Rd turns into Lake Jennings Park Rd. Turn left onto El Monte Rd and drive 5.7 miles to the El Cajon Mtn parking area. If you get to the El Capitan Reservoir gate, you've gone too far.
- Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve -- Escondido
- Monday – Friday: Dogs under effective voice command are permitted off leash but only at the top of the “Way Up” Trail (point marked with sign).
- Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: Dogs are required to remain on leash at all times throughout the Reserve.
- “Way Up” Trail and Lower Trails: Dogs must remain on leash at all times.
- Additionally, dogs must be held on leash in parking, picnic, and overlook areas or any time they become a nuisance to people, property, and wild or domestic animals.
- Fiesta Island -- Mission Bay Park San Diego. One of the few parks where dogs are allowed off-leash.
- Iron Mountain -- An easy to moderate 5.6-mile, out-and-back hike to the scenic 2,700-foot peak. This trail is relatively flat and is very popular with trail runners and hikers of all types. To avoid the heavy weekend and early evening crowds, try this trail mid-week, very early in the morning, or as a full-moon night hike.
Directions from San Diego: I-15 N to Scripps Poway Pkwy.; turn R and drive 9 mi. Turn L onto CA 67. Park 2 mi. later at trailhead just S of County Hwy S4/Poway Rd.
- Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve -- There are several convenient entrances to the Preserve:
- The East entrance, or staging area, is located at the intersection of Black Mountain and Mercy Roads.
- The western staging area is on the south side of Sorrento Valley Boulevard, approximately 1 mile east of Vista Sorrento Parkway.
- The northern entrance is near Peñasquitos Creek Park at the intersection of Park Village Road and Camino Del Sur in Rancho Peñasquitos.
- A staging area for Lopez Canyon is located at the intersection of Pacific Mesa and Pacific Center Boulevards in Mira Mesa.
Information kiosks are located at each of these entry points that designate the trail head and provide additional park information.
- San Diego's Top 50 Trails -- from San Diego Magazine. Look for the dog symbol in each description to find dog-friendly trails.
- Mt. Woodson -- This is a great cool-weather hike with lots of scenic views, but too hot for dogs in the summer months. Dogs must be on leash. Directions
- CA State Parks that allow dogs: Phone numbers are provided. Call ahead to confirm before heading out.
- National Forests: Dogs are welcome in National Forests. The few rules that apply to dogs (see Rule #8) are meant to assure that you and other National Forest visitors have an enjoyable outdoor recreation experience. If you are traveling in a National Forest Wilderness, dogs are permitted. However, if you leave a National Forest Wilderness and enter into a National Park, dogs are not permitted.
- Dog Trekker--Have Dog Will Travel: Extensive list of dog-friendly trails
- Trailing Friday Blog: A photo-journal of where the author and her dogs, go together
- Hike With Your Dog: “The site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail”
- Weekend Sherpa: Collection of Dog-Friendly Hikes in So Cal
- Yelp: Search yelp for “Dog Hiking Trails" in your area for on more places to hike & camp with your dog.
- BringFido.com: Top 10 dog-friendly trails in California
- A Guide to First Aid for Dog Lovers: What to do when your No. 1 bud goes down in the field
This interactive map features "Ellie" who belongs to A16 Customer Tracie Masi. Click on each dog icon for details about the trail.
Adventure 16'ers Adventurous Dogs
Since our early beginnings, Adventure 16 has enjoyed incorporating our canine friends into our company culture, starting with “Duchess,” a black lab that shadowed A16 CEO, Mic Mead, when he first joined A16 in 1970. In 1979, Mic’s Viszla Hound, “Rozie” came to A16 as a pup and was a daily fixture at the San Diego and Horton Plaza stores until Mic retired (and sold A16 to the employees) in 1995. Rozie often appeared in advertisements for A16 back in the early ‘80’s.
Other canines that are fondly remembered include former A16 President, Steve Meyer’s Black Lab, “Dirt,” Buyer Christo’s Yellow Lab, “Baja” (shown at right, was a greeter in A16's San Diego & Solana Beach stores for years), “Bear” and “Rosie” in our LA Store, “Wookie“ in our (now closed) Tarzana store, as well as “Ripley,” “Summit,” “Sarah,” “Cole,” “Bob,” “Aspen” and countless others that came faithfully to work everyday with their A16 owners.
In addition to the fun and morale they bring to employees and customers, dogs are also a big part of A16’s business. In fact, A16 was one of the first outdoor specialty stores/distributors to offer outdoor accessories for dogs, including toys, packs, trail booties, food and water bowls, collars, leashes, travel beds and float coats.
As enthusiastic as A16’ers are about the outdoors, our dogs, it seems, enjoy being outdoors even more than we do! Below is just a sampling of A16’s current furry friends.
1. A16'er, Adrienne Lindstrom's dog, "Duce," at Mt.Woodson.
2. A16'er Chris Ramirez' dog, "Jack," at Stoney Point in Chatsworth.
3. A16'er, Greg Smith's dog, "Zeigen," hiking in Anza Borrego.
1. A16 San Diego Sales Associate, Rick Harper's dog, "Ebi," is the San Diego store's current Greeter.
2. Ebi at El Cajon Mountain.
3. A16 San Diego Manager, Ben Reade's dog "Aspen," at San Elijo.
1. A16 West LA, Kyle Moran with his dog “Tamarac” at Echo Mtn.
2. A16'er Brett Jellen’s dog "Sierra," on Mt. Baldy Summit.
3. A16 West LA Manager, Erika Fiksdal's dog, "Loki," on Mt. Baldy Summit. Loki is A16 WLA's current Greeter. Check out Loki's Facebook Page and Instagram!
Adventures of Biscuit the Jack Russell
Dog playing in leaves is B.O.L. funny!
A16 Store Manager, Ben Reade's dog, Aspen wearing a GoPro Camera