Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Santa Cruz, CA

There are 2 dog friendly hiking trails in Santa Cruz. 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, CA, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Pet Friendly West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, CA
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.
Pet Friendly Pogonip Open Space in Santa Cruz, CA
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.
Pet Friendly Almaden Quicksilver County Park in San Jose, CA
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.
Pet Friendly Los Gatos Creek Trail in Los Gatos, CA
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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6241074">TrailLink.com</a>.
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