Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Santa Ysabel, CA

There are 13 dog friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of Santa Ysabel. 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 Santa Ysabel.

Pet Friendly Barker Valley Trail
Barker Valley Trail Barker Valley Trail is a dog-friendly, moderately easy, 7.5 mile hike located in Cleveland National Forest in Palomar Mountain, CA, 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
Pet Friendly Pacific Crest Trail to Eagle Rock
Pacific Crest Trail to Eagle Rock Pacific Crest Trail to Eagle Rock is a dog-friendly, moderately easy, 5.5 mile hike in Cleveland National Forest that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. This beautiful hike will allow you to enjoy some solitude. The terrain and climate varies wildly ranging from an area with shade trees to a desert wash. Your dog will delight in the soft ground, flowing water, and wildlife. This can be a very hot trail, especially in the summer. See Details
Pioneer Mail Trail Pioneer Mail Trail in Julian, 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
Cuyamaca Peak via Azalea Glen Loop Cuyamaca Peak via Azalea Glen Loop is challenging, 7.7-mile, dog-friendly in Descanso, CA. The trail can be completed in about two hours and features a river. The trail is best used from October until June. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on the hike. There is a day-use fee per vehicle. See Details
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). Located off of Sunrise Highway (SR-1) at mile marker 19.1, parking is located on the shoulder on either side. If you want to avoid larger crowds and take your dog to a place where he can run off-leash than Big Laguna is the place for you. This hiker-only trail is a great introduction to this stunning area that will remind you of the Rocky Mountains. 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
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
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 make sure you look out for signage. Pets are allowed 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. Green Valley is 4,000 feet above sea leavel and has a beautiful babbling creek running through the middle. Please ensure Fido is leashed at all times. See Details
Wright's Field Wright's Field is 230 acres of rolling grassland studded with oaks. There are no designating signs off the streets; one has to look for the open field. Trails are unmarked, but one can meander around this open space and create loop hikes of 2-3 miles. This is a popular area for equestrians and dog walkers, as well as trail runners. There is no water available so be sure to bring your own for you and Fido. Park along South Grade Road from the main throughway and continue on for about one mile. The land is maintained by the Back Country Land Trust. See Details
Chambers Park at Lake Cuyamaca Chambers Park at Lake Cuyamaca is a dog-friendly park in Julian, CA, located about an hour's drive from San Diego. Situated at an elevation of 4600 feet in an Oak and Pine forest, the park's lake is surrounded on three sides by the 26,000 acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The main trail is an easy, 3.5-mile trail hike from the Chambers Park sign and across the dike to the tall pines on Fletcher Island. Picnic tables surround the lake. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on a trail, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them to preserve the cleanliness of the lake. See Details
William Heise County Park William Heise County Park is a dog-friendly park 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, restrained 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
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 that travel through both the East and West Preserves 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