Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Carlsbad, CA

There are 16 dog friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of Carlsbad. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Carlsbad.

Pet Friendly Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is a dog-friendly area in Escondido, CA. Your pooch is welcome to join you on the 11 miles of trails that wind around the public area. Along the way, you can stop off at one of the picturesque picnic spots for a bite to eat and enjoy a scenic mountain view. Trees in the park include oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. There are lots of other animals that call the park their home, maybe you'll spot them whilst exploring with your pooch. California leash law is enforced and dogs must remain on leash at all times on the “Way Up” Trail and Lower Trails. Monday through Friday dogs under effective voice command are permitted off leash at the top of the “Way Up” Trail (only beyond the designated marker). On Saturday, Sunday, and holidays dogs are required to remain on leash at all times throughout the Reserve. Additionally, dogs must remain on leash in parking lots, picnic areas, overlooks, or any time they become a nuisance to people, property, and wild or domestic animals. See Details
Pet Friendly Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is a dog-friendly preservation area in San Diego, CA. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails on leashes no longer than 8-feet long. Scenery in the canyon includes waterfalls, streamside forest, sycamore trees, a freshwater marsh, and wildlife like mule deer, bobcat, coyote and, raccoons. All recreational activities within the Preserve are day-use only and camping is prohibited. See Details
San Clemente Pedestrian Beach Trail The San Clemente Pedestrian Beach Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in San Clemente! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the San Clemente Pedestrian Beach Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve Rios (East) Trail The Rios (East) Trail is a dog-friendly, easy, 1.2-miles hike in the San Elijo Ecological Reserve in Solana Beach, CA, that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. This trail runs close by the lagoon and provides the opportunity to enjoy wetland plants and birds. This beautiful area is still close by the highway and parts of it can be muddy. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Find the trailhead at the end of Rios Ave, where you also find on-street parking. Look for a kiosk with information about the lagoon. See Details
Guajome Park Guajome Park is a dog-friendly park in Oceanside, CA, located 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Walk the 4.5 miles of light trafficked trails that run throughout the diverse Southern California habitats such as woodlands, chaparral, wetlands and mixed grasslands. Dogs must be leashed at all times. There is a parking fee for day-use hours. See Details
Santa Margarita River Trail Santa Margarita River Trail is a dog-friendly, 5-mile trail in Fallbrook, CA. Enjoy varying terrain and beautiful views. Visitors are often surprised to see so many broad water impoundments along the river which are the work of the California golden beaver. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Marian Bear Memorial Park San Diego's dog-friendly Marian Bear Memorial Park offers plenty of wide open spaces for Fido to play on-leash. The park is located in San Clemente Canyon and provides a natural setting in the midst of a bustling urban area. Enjoy over three miles of mostly flat trails along the length of the canyon. More challenging hiking is available on the trails in several of the finger canyons leading up to the mesa tops. Major entries to the park are off Genesee Avenue and Regents Road where parking and picnic areas with restroom facilities are available. See Details
Village Park Trail Your pet will find plenty of smells to investigate on the Village Park Trail in Encinitas, CA. This lovely, dog-friendly natural trail, which is rarely crowded, welcomes dogs off leash. The trail can be found East of El Camino Real between Encinitas Boulevard and Mountain Vista Road. See Details
Monserate Mountain Preserve Monserate Mountain Preserve in Fallbrook, CA, has a dog-friendly trail featuring a 1.5 mile climb to the summit for panoramic views to ocean and mountains. Be sure to bring water for both you and Fido. Please note that it is too hot in the summer to bring a dog along. The trailhead is just east of I-15 at intersection of Stewart Canyons and Pankey Road. Leashed dogs welcome on many of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy Preserves. See Details
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve Annie's Canyon Trail Annie's Canyon Trail is a dog-friendly trail located on the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve in Solana Beach, CA. The trail is a moderate-to-strenuous 1.4 mile loop. Dogs are welcome on the trail if they are cleaned up after and on a leash no longer than six feet. It is recommended that pets do not go on the strenuous part of the trail. Annie's Canyon Trail is open from sunrise to sunset. Dog owners should check its website for information on rules and trailhead closures. See Details
San Luis Rey Bike Trail The San Luis Rey Bike Trail is dog-friendly trail in Oceanside, CA, that welcomes bicycles and pedestrians. Dogs must be kept on a leash of not more than 6 feet. The trail is paved and mostly flat with multiple entry points, mostly where the road crosses over the path. It's a well maintained trail but not lit, so be sure to be visible at night. See Details
San Luis Rey River Trail (Oceanside) The San Luis Rey River Trail (Oceanside) is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Oceanside! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the San Luis Rey River Trail (Oceanside). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Rose Canyon Bicycle Path The Rose Canyon Bicycle Path is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in La Jolla! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Rose Canyon Bicycle Path. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Fay Avenue Bike Path The Fay Avenue Bike Path is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido on-leash in La Jolla! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Fay Avenue Bike Path. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
La Jolla Natural Park Bring your leashed dog to 42-acres of picturesque parkland featuring hilltop hiking paths with sweeping sea vistas. See Details
Lakeview Park Park is out away from main highway in a newer neighborhood. Had a walking trail around a duck pond. Nice morning walk. Only negative is small parking lot. Ended up parking a few blocks away but was a nice find. See Details