Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in California

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in California. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in California that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Solstice Canyon
Solstice Canyon Bring your leashed pup out for a bit of exercise on this mild hike, which afford breathtaking views of the ocean. Solstice Canyon in Malibu features several options for easy, moderate, or strenuous hikes through coastal sage scrub and riparian plant communities. Visitors can enjoy a picnic, a shady stroll along the Solstice Canyon Trail, or a more challenging climb up the Rising Sun Trail. The perennial waterfall is a popular hiking destination, and along the way you might encounter acorn woodpeckers, alligator lizards, fence lizards, or a red-tailed hawk soaring overhead. Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash, not to exceed six feet, at all times. Please pick­ up after your dog. See Details
Pet Friendly Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve This trail is beautiful and very dog friendly. This 440 acre preserve stretches along one stunning mile of oceanfront. Dogs are allowed to be on leash on most trails. The Bluff trail is even ADA accessible. This is a beautiful and fun place to come for a hike with your dog. See Details
Garland Ranch Regional Park Dog-friendly Garland Ranch Regional Park is a gorgeous park in Carmel, CA, with the Carmel River running through it. Dogs are allowed off-leash in certain areas, including in the river and on selected trails (not the horse trails). Atop the northern crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the trails encounter open oak savannas and spectacular vistas. Along the way, you will travel through maple-filled canyons, dense oak woodlands, and thick stands of chaparral. There are trails for nearly all abilities, from beginner to advanced hiker. Trail maps can be found at the park's visitor center. The park is open dawn until dusk. See Details
Donner Memorial State Park Donner Memorial State Park is one of the most pet-friendly state parks in California. Located in Sierra Nevada, you and Fido will discover camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking at this state park. Although pets aren't allowed on all of the trails, like most state parks in California, they are permitted to join you in the water, on paved roads, and in camping and picnic areas. Keep an eye out for the dog entrance signs for an easy access to the lake for you and Fido. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Devils Postpile National Monument The dog-friendly Devils Postpile National Monument in Mammoth Lakes, CA, offers incredible views of the Devils Postpile formation as well as Rainbow Falls. Leashed pets are welcome on all the trails within the Monument as well as in the campground and day use areas. Dogs are allowed on the shuttle buses but they must wear a muzzle. See Details
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is a dog-friendly park in Redwood City, CA. Take your pet for an on-leash hike throughout this large, lovely nature preserve, or let them run free in the 17.5-acre area located in the center of the preserve, accessible from the Cordilleras Trail, Polly Geraci/Hassler Trails and the Blue Oak Trail. Be careful as the area is fenced and signed at entrances, but there is no fencing around the off-leash area. Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the off-leash area. See Details
Marin Headlands Pets are welcome to join you on-leash as you relax or play in Marin Headlands, in beautiful Sausalito, CA. You'll hiking trails with dramatic cliffs and sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Dog-friendly trails are marked and notify hikers of leash or voice control rules. Picnic areas are also available. 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
Convict Lake Convict Lake is dog-friendly! The crystal clear lake is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada and is encircled by Convict Lake Loop Trail, a three-mile-long walk, which leashed dogs are welcome to explore. The trail meanders through open sagebrush and groves of pine and aspen and can be walked in either direction, whether it be from the parking area or the marina. See Details
Bridal Veil Fall Trail Bridal Veil Fall Trail is pet-friendly. This half mile heavily trafficked out and back trail is located near Yosemite Valley, California and features a waterfall. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. See Details
Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park is a pet-friendly attraction in Mendocino. You and Fido can wander the half-mile coastal trail to the lighthouse that was built in 1909. Once you arrive at the historic building, you don't have to leave Fido outside, they can enter the building with you and look around. The park is open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is dog-friendly. Pets can explore the tufa towers and rare ecosystem around Mono Lake, as long as they are cleaned up after and leashed. Dogs are allowed everywhere in the Reserve, except for the boardwalks, county park, and the north shore area. Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve's hours vary, so guests should call ahead before planning their outing. See Details
Alabama Hills Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the Alabama Hills, set between the Sierra Nevada and the Inyo Mountains. The Alabama Hills are a formation of rounded rocks and eroded hills, ideal for touring movie sites, photography, rock climbing, exploring natural arches and more. Dog owners should bring plenty of water, keep their pets leashed at all times, clean up after them, and be very wary of snakes. See Details
Trona Pinnacles The Trona Pinnacles are dog-friendly! Fido can explore these unique geological features, which are located in the California Desert Conservation Area. The landscape features more than five hundred tufa spines, which vary in size and shape, and have been featured in many movies. Dogs must be leashed or under voice control during their visit to the Trona Pinnacles. Dog owners must clean up after their pet. Those interested in visiting the Pinnacles can check out the Bureau of Land Management's official website for step-by-step instructions on how to access them. See Details
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
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is a dog-friendly area in Escondido, CA. Your pooch is welcome to join you on the 11 miles of trails that wind around the public area. Along the way, you can stop off at one of the picturesque picnic spots for a bite to eat and enjoy a scenic mountain view. Trees in the park include oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. There are lots of other animals that call the park their home, maybe you'll spot them whilst exploring with your pooch. California leash law is enforced and dogs must remain on leash at all times on the “Way Up” Trail and Lower Trails. Monday through Friday dogs under effective voice command are permitted off leash at the top of the “Way Up” Trail (only beyond the designated marker). On Saturday, Sunday, and holidays dogs are required to remain on leash at all times throughout the Reserve. Additionally, dogs must remain on leash in parking lots, picnic areas, overlooks, or any time they become a nuisance to people, property, and wild or domestic animals. See Details
Tuna Harbor Park Tuna Harbor Park is a dog-friendly park in San Diego, CA. 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
Plumas-Eureka State Park Plumas-Eureka State Park is a pet-friendly park. Although the focal point of this park is the museum building and historic area surrounding it, Fido is not allowed inside the building. However, you can enjoy the dog-friendly Grass Lake Trail, a 3.8 mile hike that trails a number of impressive lakes in the area. You can find the start of this trail at the Jamison mine. Plumas-Eureka State Park is open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Oso Creek Trail Oso Creek Trail consists of 5.5 miles of dog-friendly trails in Mission Viejo, CA. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you as you stroll along the creek. There are points of interest along the way, such as the character, butterfly, and celebration gardens, plant maze, peace obelisk, and more. There is ample parking in five separate lots. See Details
Rose Valley Falls Trail Rose Valley Falls Trail is an easy, 0.75 mile hike in Los Padres National Forest that will take about half an hour to complete with Fido. This trail is great for anyone wanting an easy hike, perhaps to bring along small children. There is only a little bit of bumpy ground with small stream crossings, which may pose a problem for the elderly. See Details
Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Rim Trail is dog-friendly. Regulations vary depending on what segment of the 165-mile long trail you are enjoying. Dogs on the trail should be kept leashed around other trail users, at trailheads, and on steep or slippery terrain. Make sure your dog is also under voice control at all times. The multi-use trail is on the banks of Lake Tahoe and has views of mountain cascades in the distance. See Details
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
Moonstone Beach Boardwalk Moonstone Beach Boardwalk has a dog-friendly area in Cambria, CA. Although the beach doesn't allow dogs, you can wander along this boardwalk and get a feel of the sea air with your pooch. Dogs are required to wear leashes and all mess should be cleaned up after them. See Details
Runyon Canyon Park Runyon Canyon Park is a 160-acre, dog-friendly city park near Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, CA. The park features a 90-acre off-leash dog park with an abundance of hiking trails. Although Fido does not need to be kept on a leash, owners must clean up after their pets. Baggie stations are located throughout the park. See Details