Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in El Cajon, CA

There are 31 dog friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of El Cajon. 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 El Cajon.

Pet Friendly Cabrillo Tide Pools Coastal Trail
Cabrillo Tide Pools Coastal Trail Cabrillo Tide Pools Coastal Trail is pet-friendly. This easy, 0.5 mile hike in Cabrillo National Monument will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. Although some people along the trail may tell you that your dog is not allowed, this trail is in fact the only area in Cabrillo National Monument where dogs are allowed. Fido will have to remain on a leash on the trail to the tide pools. Dogs are not allowed in the tide pools. Don't forget to clean up after your pup. See Details
Pet Friendly Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Pets are welcome on-leash on the trails of this lovely San Diego preservation area. See Details
Cowles Mountain Pets are welcome to join you on leashes as you hike this popular San Diego mountain. Enjoy the gorgeous views from the summit. See Details
Marian Bear Memorial Park There are plenty of wide open spaces to play in at this fun neighborhood park. Dogs are welcome on-leash, restrooms nearby. See Details
Chollas Lake Recreation Area Take your pet for some on-leash exercise in this beautiful lakeside recreation area. See Details
Tecolote Canyon Natural Park Bring your pet with you on-leash for some exercise along the 6.5 miles of scenic trails in this lovely canyon. See Details
Balboa Park Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy many of the offerings of Balboa Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country with over 1000 acres. The park has plenty of open spaces, gardens, and walking paths in addition to the San Diego Zoo, museums, and theaters. There are also two designated off-leash areas for dogs to explore at Balboa Dr at El Prado on the south side of Cabrillo Bridge and Morley Field located northwest of the tennis courts. When not in a designated off-leash area, dogs must be leashed at all time, and humans must clean up after their dogs throughout the park and off-leash areas. See Details
San Elijo Lagoon Trail San Elijo Lagoon Trail is an easy, 3-mile hike in the San Elijo Ecological Reserve 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. See Details
Iron Mountain Trail Iron Mountain Trail is a moderately easy, 5.75 mile hike that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. This is a very popular trail that is clearly marked. If your dog is used to trails it should be okay on his paws, if not you may want to work him up to it. There is a shorter trip to the Ramona overlook on the same trail. See Details
Mission Trails Regional Park This lovely, clean park is a great place to take your pet for a leashed stroll around the lake. They'll love watching the squirrels and ducks. See Details
Mount Woodson Trail Pets are welcome on-leash on the trails at this beautiful park. Try the stroll around the lake or watch the rock climbers. See Details
Bayshore Bikeway (Silver Strand Bikeway) The Bayshore Bikeway (Silver Strand Bikeway) 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 Diego! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Bayshore Bikeway (Silver Strand Bikeway). 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
Cowles Mountain Trail Cowles Mountain Trail is a moderately easy, 5-mile hike in Mission Trails Regional Park that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. Cowles Mountain is the highest point you can get to within the city limits of San Diego. Plans are being made to add more trails to the area. See Details
Village Park Trail Your pet will find plenty of smells to investigate on this lovely, natural trail, which is rarely crowded. Pets welcome off-leash, but be careful as it is not fenced. See Details
Canine Corners Dog Park at Harry Griffen Park Bring Fido to romp off-leash at Canine Corners Dog Park! The Dog Park is located in Harry Griffen Park and features three separate fenced spaces. One is for small dogs and the other two areas are for dogs of all sizes. All enclosures have water, picnic tables, clean-up bags, and scoopers. A drinking fountain is located at the dog park entrance. Human visitors can relax in its shaded seating areas. Dogs must be leashed in Harry Griffen Park until they are inside the Dog Park. Canine Corners Dog Park is open from 7am until dusk. There is ample parking and it is ADA accessible. Rules and regulations can be found on Canine Corners' official website. 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
Cedar Creek Falls Trail Cedar Creek Falls Trail is a moderately easy, 5.25 mile hike in Cleveland National Forest that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. This is paradise with a swimming hole and water that flows year round. If you can make it to the falls before the hot part of the day, a relaxing pool where you can watch the falls drop over 90 feet will reward you. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Call ahead to find out about any temporary restrictions due to COVID-19. See Details
Martin Luther King Promenade The Martin Luther King Promenade 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 Diego! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Martin Luther King Promenade. 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
Barnett Ranch Preserve 728 Acre reserve with lots of hiking trails and a pond. This is a shared preserve with hiking/horse trails. There are picnic tables, but no water except a horse trough at the beginning of the trail. There is wildlife out here, including coyotes and the possibility of mountain lions. Be prepared and bring lots of water. Weather out here is cold in winter and very hot in the summer and early fall. This is also high wildfire area so be mindful of what you bring to picnic. No flames or glass. Always pick up after yourself and your pets. There are no trash cans on the hiking trails. Leashed dogs are allowed. See Details
Bayshore Bikeway (Silver Strand Bikeway) The Bayshore Bikeway (Silver Strand Bikeway) 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 or bike Fido in Coronado! The Bayshore Bikeway (Silver Strand Bikeway) 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 Coronado! Walk or bike under the Coronado Bridge, catch a glimpse of the red roof of the historic Hotel del Coronado, and enjoy a rest stop at a trail-side cafe. Dogs must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet, any pet waste must be removed and disposed of immediately. See Details
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is pet-friendly. This network of trails and cliffs made for climbing is one of the country's most beautiful sunset spots. The park is free and welcomes pups on a leash. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess left behind and to make sure their pet is under control during the visit. See Details
Clay Park Your pet will love to join you on-leash at this fairly large, family-friendly San Diego park. See Details
Sunset Trail Sunset Trail is 3.2 miles round trip, out-and-back. Located at the 19.1 mile marker on Sunrise Hwy off of I-8, the trail is easy and shady completely surrounded by meadows and tall pine trees. A quaint little lake known as Water-of-the-Woods sits in the middle of Laguna Meadow, a large basin. Adventure Pass required. See Details
Tijuana Estuary great trails through the estuary. on leash. many miles of hiking throughout the estuary system. great bird watching. See Details