Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Descanso, CA

There are 12 dog-friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of Descanso. 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 Descanso.

Pet Friendly Sunset Trail
Sunset Trail The Sunset Trail is an easy, dog-friendly, 3.25-mile hike in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. Or, you can take the 9.2-mile roundtrip out-and-back journey (connecting with the Big Laguna Trail). If you're hoping to spend some time outside with Fido, this Mount Laguna, CA, path is for you! See Details
Pet Friendly William Heise County Park
William Heise County Park William Heise County Park is a dog-friendly recreation area in Julian, CA. This tranquil park is home to interpretive trails you can explore with your pooch. Pets are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, on a leash no longer than six feet and attended at all times. Pets are not allowed in or around the cabin area. Please note that there is a fee for parking. See Details
Pioneer Mail Trail Pioneer Mail Trail in Mount Laguna, CA, is an easy, dog-friendly, 1.75-mile hike in Cleveland National Forest that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. This trail will reward you with a stunning panoramic view. Anza Borrego Desert State Park lies 3000 feet below you, and mountains span as far as the eye can see to the north and south. An Adventure Pass is required. See Details
Chambers Park at Lake Cuyamaca Chambers Park at Lake Cuyamaca is a dog-friendly recreation area in Julian, CA, about an hour's drive from San Diego. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on one of the walking trails as long as visitors help preserve the lake's cleanliness by picking up after them. Day-use passes, and fees may be required to utilize the park. See Details
Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area in Jamul, CA, features beautiful, dog-friendly trails for walking. There are harder trails for people who like a challenge and easier trails for those who just want to enjoy some quality time with their 4-legged friends. This trail is also horse friendly. See Details
Barnett Ranch Preserve Barnett Ranch Preserve is a dog-friendly, 728-acre reserve in Ramona, CA. There are 4 miles of multi-use trails including a 2.5-mile loop for walking, running, biking and horseback-riding. Be prepared to bring lots of water as there is no water source. Be on the lookout for wildlife including coyotes and the possibility of mountain lions. There are no trash cans on the hiking trails, so you'll need to pack out any trash as you exit. Please ensure Fido is leashed at all times. See Details
Wright's Field Wright's Field is 245 acres of rolling grassland studded with oaks and unmarked trails. Visitors can meander around this open pet-friendly space and create loop hikes of 2-3 miles. This Alpine, CA, area is popular for equestrians, dog walkers and trail runners. No water is available, so be sure to bring your own for you and Fido. Park along South Grade Rd from the main throughway and continue for about one mile. The Back Country Land Trust maintains the land. See Details
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in Julian, CA, has some dog-friendly areas. Dogs are not allowed on all the trails, so look for signage during your visit. Pets are permitted on the campgrounds, picnic areas, paved roads and Cuyamaca Peak Fire Road. The two family camps, Paso Picacho and Green Valley can be reserved from spring to fall. Please ensure Fido is leashed at all times. See Details
Noble Canyon Trailhead Bring Fido to Noble Canyon Trailhead to explore a beautiful pet-friendly trail near Pine Valley, CA. The trail extends 10 miles one way, but has a mid-way exit and parking point further up Pine Creek Rd if you and your pup want to enjoy a shorter hike. An Adventure Pass is required for parking and should be purchased online in advance of your visit. Hikers and their four-legged companions should allow a full day to navigate this moderately difficult trail. Due to hot temperatures, this trail is best taken during Fall, Winter or Spring. See Details
Sunset Trail Sunset Trail is an easy, dog-friendly 3.2-mile loop located at the 19.1-mile marker on Sunrise Hwy off of I-8. This path is shady and surrounded by meadows and tall pine trees. This Alpine, CA, hiker-only trail requires an Adventure Pass and is excellent for solo walkers, families, kids and even pups! See Details
Volcan Mountain Volcan Mountain is the location of a trailhead for a number of pet-friendly trails near Julian, CA. Take Main Street north of the town to Farmers Road and then onto Volcan Mountain Preserve. There are no Rangers in the area and no fee. The main trail is a three-mile trip from the gateway to a ridge overlooking the historic town of Julian. Leashed dogs are permitted on the trails that set off from the artist-designed gateway to an expansive wilderness preserve. See Details
Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve is a dog-friendly preserve in Julian, CA. The preserve is home to 15 miles of multi-use trails including two loops that traverse through unique habitats. Picnic tables and a rest area are available. For your safety, stay on trails and avoid playing in the creek. Carry plenty of water, dress in layers, and wear sunscreen and appropriate footwear. Overnight camping is not allowed. Leashed dogs are permitted on all of the trails. See Details
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