Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Santa Barbara, CA

There are 8 dog-friendly hiking trails in Santa Barbara. 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 Barbara.

Pet Friendly Santa Barbara City College Trails
Santa Barbara City College Trails From the east to the west side of Santa Barbara City College there is a dog-friendly trail that runs along the cliff sporting a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean, harbor, and beaches. On the west side of the campus there is a grassy area where a whole pack of well socialized dogs and friendly owners meet every Saturday morning and many weekday evenings. If you are staying at any of the pet-friendly hotels in West Beach you simply cross Castillo Street, walk through the park and towards the road that winds up the hill toward City College (on the left of the tennis courts). Stay to the left and look for the gardens that hug the cliffs and walk past the stadiums to get to the pedestrian bridge that will take you to the West Campus. The bridge opens up to a big grassy area with a path on the left and (typically) lots of friendly, playful doggies. See Details
Pet Friendly Aliso Trailhead
Aliso Trailhead Aliso Trail is a moderately easy, 3.25 mile hike in Los Padres National Forest that will take about 1.5 hours to complete with Fido. This is a fantastic hike to take in the spring or fall when temperatures are moderate. The trail will provide a pleasantly vigorous hike with steep canyons and hills along the way. See Details
Sheffield Reservoir Sheffield Reservoir is a pet-friendly open space in Santa Barbara, CA. The area is over 20 acres and includes a trail system surrounded by natural landscaping, boulders, oak trees, and foothill views. Dogs are welcome as long as they're leashed and cleaned up after. See Details
Hale Park Bring your pet to play off-leash at Hale Park, a dog-friendly, 14 acre open space park in Santa Barbara, CA. The park features lots of walking trails shaded by plenty of trees. Remember to bring water and keep pets leashed in parking lot. Waste bags are available at the park entrance on Camino Viejo. See Details
Arroyo Burro Open Space Arroyo Burro Open Space is a dog-friendly spot in Santa Barbara, CA. Bring Fido with you to enjoy the peaceful outdoor setting. The 14-acre space includes an open, wood-chip covered area, then leads to a trail along the creek. The path is paved and unpaved in some areas and features a modern bridge. It's a great place for you and Fido to take a relaxing stroll in nature. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Remember to bring waste bags and water for Fido. See Details
Ennisbrook Open Space Ennisbrook Open Space, also known as San Ysidro Oak Woodland, is a pet-friendly conservation area in Montecito, CA. The 44 acres includes an easy, 1.85-mile loop trail that's mostly shaded. The trailhead begins at a green building surrounded by a white picket fence. The hike includes lots of trees and lush botanicals, as well as a charming stone bridge over San Ysidro Creek and a Monarch butterfly eucalyptus grove. Street parking is available. Remember to clean up after Fido to preserve the area. See Details
Arroyo Burro Beach Loop Arroyo Burro Beach Loop is a pet-friendly, 1.3-mile loop trail in Santa Barbara, CA. Enjoy views of striking sea cliffs, cypress giants and wildflowers with your furry friend. Look carefully and you may even spot a whale, as this area is popular for whale watching. Your pup can also enjoy some off-leash time at Arroyo Burro Beach after walking the trail. See Details
Seven Falls Seven Falls is a pet-friendly trail in Santa Barbara. The potholes and waterfalls en route have earned it its name. Bring your leashed pooch along to cool off in the water and enjoy a shady hike through the trees. See Details
Tar Pits Park Bring Fido for a walk on the Carpinteria Bluffs Trail at Tar Pits Park in Carpinteria, CA. The area is one of the only five locations on the planet to see a natural tar seep and it can be seen from the trail along a short stretch of beach. Pets are welcome as long as they're cleaned up after. Dogs are prohibited on the beach. See Details
Oceanview Park Oceanview Park is a pet-friendly public area in the Summerland community of Carpinteria, CA. Your leashed pup can join you as you explore the 3.4-acre park which includes hiking trails, picnic areas, benches, and sandy spaces. It's a great place to walk or relax with Fido and take in the scenic, oceanfront view. See Details
Coal Oil Point Trail Coal Oil Point Trail is an easy, 1.5 mile hike in Goleta, CA, that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. Dogs are allowed on the bluffs and Campus Beach. Be sure to avoid the dunes and other areas where the endangered Snowy Plover is protected, or you could face a large fine. Fido must be leashed at all times and kept away from fenced areas at all times. See Details
Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve Bring Fido for a walk through the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve hiking trails system in Carpinteria, CA. The sandy paths lead you through natural areas with diverse greenery and panoramic mountain views. The trail also leads to a protected seal beach and breeding area, which unfortunately is not dog friendly. Remember to keep your pup leashed and clean after them on your hike. See Details
Girsch Park Leashed dogs are welcome to join you for a walk at Girsch Park in Goleta, CA, Programs held at the park include agility courses and obedience training run by Goleta Valley Dog Club. See Details
Summerland Greenwell Preserve Summerland Greenwell Preserve is a pet-friendly area in rural Summerland, CA. Leashed dogs are welcome at this 2-acre peaceful nature preserve, where you'll discover environmentally sensitive habitats, including wetlands, a spring fed perennial creek, and two historic farm buildings. Fido can join you for a walk on the perimeter trail. They offer convenient parking, but be mindful that there are no restrooms or water access. See Details
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