Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Santa Cruz, CA

There are 2 dog friendly hiking trails in Santa Cruz, and 7 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 Santa Cruz.

Pet Friendly West Cliff Drive
West Cliff Drive Bring Fido for a hike along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. West Cliff Drive is a three-mile walking and biking path along the Pacific Ocean. The walk starts at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, winds past the iconic Santa Cruz Dream Inn, Steamer Lane, and Lighthouse Point, and ends at Natural Bridges State Beach. West Cliff Drive is wheelchair accessible. See Details
Pet Friendly Pogonip Open Space
Pogonip Open Space Leashed dogs are allowed to explore parts of Pogonip Open Space. Pogonip features approximately eleven and a half miles of trails. Dogs are not allowed on all trails, as some are in sensitive habitats. In dog-friendly areas, owners must clean up after their pet and keep them leashed. For information on where Fido is allowed, check out the trail map on Pogonip's official website. Pogonip is open from April through October from sunrise to 7pm and from November through March from sunrise to 4pm. See Details
Almaden Quicksilver County Park Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a view of California's mining era history. With remnants from the latter part of the 19th century, you can look back in time at the mining operations of that day. Also, Spring offers the chance to see one of the most spectacular wildflower displays of the region. There are over 34.2 miles of hiking trails open to your pet also. Picnic tables are scattered throughout. Fishing is also available, but due to the accumulation of mercury in the reservoirs, the fish are unsafe to eat. Your dog must be on a 6' leash, and handlers must be at least 16 years old. Only two dogs per handler. Owners are responsible for pet care and clean up. Aggression is not tolerated. All dogs must wear proof of current license, rabies vaccination, and must not be in heat. See Details
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park welcomes leashed dogs on the Pipeline Road, Graham Hill Trail, Powder Mill Fire Road, and Meadow Trail. Dogs are also welcome in the picnic area and campground. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, and humans must clean up after their canine companions. See Details
Los Gatos Creek Trail The Los Gatos Creek Trail 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 Los Gatos! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Los Gatos Creek Trail. 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
Big Basin Redwoods State Park Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California's oldest state park and is home to the largest span of old-growth Redwoods south of San Francisco. Leashed dogs are allowed in the campsites, picnic areas, and on paved roads. They must be on a leash and attended at all times. Dogs are also allowed on North Escape, a 2.5-mile one-way (5-mile round trip) paved road that is mostly gated off to cars and alongside old-growth redwoods, a creek, and lush undergrowth. Dog owners can check out Big Basin's official website for information on day-use and camping fees; or check out Big Basin Tent Cabins. Dogs are not permitted on any of the trails or fire roads excluding the campground connector trail from Sempervirens and Blooms Creek campgrounds to park headquarters. Dogs are not allowed in any portion of the Rancho del Oso area, or on Waddell State Beach. See Details
Watsonville Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Trail System Wildlife Sanctuary on Westside of Watsonville. Trail system around Watsonville Slough in view of Pacific Coast Highway. Features include trail system and pristine nature preserve. See Details
Pajaro River Levee Trail 7 miles of raised asphalt trail on top of the Pajaro River Levee. No waste bags, no water fountains, to trash cans till you get to Pajaro River Park. See Details
Sanborn County Park Sanborn County Park is pet-friendly. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on the woodland trails that wind around this lush 3,453 acre park. Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard, walk with your pup in the shadows of redwoods and tan bark oak. The park offers hike-in camping, RV camping and picnicking opportunities year-round. Sanborn County Park is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details