Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Escondido, CA

There’s 1 dog friendly hiking trail in Escondido, and 18 more nearby. 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 Escondido.

Pet Friendly Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is dog-friendly. Your pooch is welcome to join you on the eleven 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. The park is open every day of the week from 8am to 5pm. 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
Barker Valley Trail Barker Valley Trail is a moderately easy, 7.5 mile hike in Cleveland National Forest that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. On this trail you will actually descend on the way in and then ascend on the way out. The very slow and steady incline, allows for an inverse hike that isn't utterly exhausting. The trail can be hot throughout the year, and it is important to bring plenty of water along. Turn west from Highway 79 at a point 6.5 miles northwest of Warner Springs (mile 41.9 according to the roadside mileage markers). Continue up the mostly unpaved Palomar Divide Road for 7.8 miles to the Barker Valley Spur trailhead on the left (west) side. This road is subject to closure during and after bad weather. Also note that since the trailhead and the hiking route lie within national forest territory, you must post a National Forest Adventure Pass on your parked car. 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
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
Santa Margarita River Trail Enjoy the varied terrain with your leashed pet on the trails of this friendly Fallbrook park. 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
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
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
San Luis Rey Bike Trail The San Luis Rey Bike Trail is bicycle and pedestrian friendly. 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
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
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
Monserate Mountain Preserve Leashed dogs welcome on many of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy Preserves. Monserate Mountain trail has 1.5 mile climb to summit for panoramic views to ocean and mountains. Bring water. Too hot for dogs in summer. Trailhead just east of I-15 at intersection of Stewart Canyons and Pankey Rd. See Details
Guajome Park Walk the 4.5 miles of light trafficked trails that run throughout the park. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Annie's Canyon Trail Bring Fido for a hike through naturally eroding sandstone walls on Annie's Canyon Trail. Located on the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, Annie's Canyon Trail is a moderate-to-strenuous quarter-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
Town Center Community Park East Town Center Community Park East is a pet-friendly recreation area in Santee. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the on the walking trails that lead to picnic shelters and other restrooms. See Details