Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in San Diego, CA

There are 13 dog friendly hiking trails in San Diego. 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 San Diego.

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 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
Cowles Mountain Cowles Mountain Trail is a dog-friendly, moderately easy, 3-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
Chollas Lake Recreation Area Take your pet for some on-leash exercise at Chollas Lake Recreation Area in San Diego, CA. This beautiful, dog-friendly, lakeside recreation area offers views of the peaceful water and local wildlife while you exercise. 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
Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center is a dog-friendly activity in San Diego, CA. Fido is welcome on-leash for some exercise along the 6.5 miles of scenic trails in this lovely canyon. 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 dog-friendly 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
Martin Luther King Promenade The dog-friendly Martin Luther King Promenade in San Diego, CA, 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
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a dog-friendly park in San Diego, CA. 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
La Jolla Natural Park Bring your leashed dog to 42-acres of picturesque parkland featuring hilltop hiking paths with sweeping sea vistas. See Details
Tuna Harbor Park Tuna Harbor Park is pet-friendly. Located a 1-min walk from the USS Midway Museum, this bayside park features shaded grassy areas, a promenade and the Unconditional Surrender sculpture, which is the iconic image of a sailor kissing a nurse. Dogs are allowed on leash in all Port of San Diego parks. The park can be accessed every day of the week from 6:00am to 10:30pm. See Details
Greatest Generation Walk Greatest Generation Walk is a pet-friendly walk through Tuna Harbor Park in San Diego. Located near the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Midway, the Greatest Generation Collection honor and celebrate the people, events and military heritage spanning the time from World War II to present day. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on a tour of art installations throughout the park. The park can be accessed every day of the week from 6:00am to 10:30pm. 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
Iron Mountain Trail Iron Mountain Trail is a dog-friendly, moderately easy, 5.75 mile hike in Poway, CA, 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 Mission Trails Regional Park is a dog-friendly park in La Mesa, CA, that features a great spot to take your pet for a leashed stroll around the lake. They'll love watching the squirrels and ducks. The park has become one of the largest urban parks in the United States with over 8,000 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas. See Details
Mount Woodson Trail The Mt. Woodson trailhead is located on the east side of Lake Poway. Beginning from the Lake Poway Staging area, the hike to the Mt. Woodson Summit is an extremely challenging 2,000 foot climb in elevation. This 8 mile round trip hike may take 3 to 4 hours on average and is only recommended for experienced hikers looking for a strenuous workout. Please note that some popular trails are dangerous to hike in the heat. See Details
Cowles Mountain Trail Cowles Mountain Trail is a dog-friendly, moderately easy, 3-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 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
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 Barnett Ranch Preserve is a dog-friendly, 728-acre reserve in Ramona, CA, that features 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 except a horse trough at the beginning of the trail. Be on the lookout for wildlife including coyotes and the possibility of mountain lions. This is also high wildfire area so be mindful of what you bring to picnic; no flames or glass. There are no trash cans on the hiking trails. Pedestrian access is available from sunrise to sunset, daily. Please ensure Fido is leashed at all times. 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
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 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
Tijuana Estuary Tijuana Estuary in Imperial Beach, CA, offers many dog-friendly miles of hiking throughout the estuary system. Dogs must be leashed. Binoculars can be borrowed from the visitor center. Trails are open daily from dawn until dusk. 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 Imperial Beach! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up 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