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 Cabrillo Tide Pools Coastal Trail
Cabrillo Tide Pools Coastal Trail Cabrillo Tide Pools Coastal Trail is pet-friendly. This easy, 0.5 mile hike in Cabrillo National Monument will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. Although some people along the trail may tell you that your dog is not allowed, this trail is in fact the only area in Cabrillo National Monument where dogs are allowed. Fido will have to remain on a leash on the trail to the tide pools. Dogs are not allowed in the tide pools. Don't forget to clean up after your pup. See Details
Pet Friendly Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park
Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park Your pup is welcome to join you as you hike the trails of Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park and enjoy gorgeous views of downtown and the ocean. Mutt mitts are provided along many of the trails. The Westridge fire road provides trail access for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians along the north-south ridgeline. The park is contiguous with the 20,000-acre urban wilderness park known as the “Big Wild.” The park is accessible from both the San Fernando Valley at San Vincente Mountain Park and from West Los Angeles, at the end of Westridge Road. See Details
Runyon Canyon Park Runyon Canyon Park is a 160-acre city park near Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills. 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
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Pets are welcome on-leash on the trails of this lovely San Diego preservation area. See Details
Cowles Mountain Pets are welcome to join you on leashes as you hike this popular San Diego mountain. Enjoy the gorgeous views from the summit. See Details
Solstice Canyon Bring your pet out for a bit of exercise on this mild hike, which afford breathtaking views of the ocean. Leashed pets are welcome. Solstice Canyon 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
Alpine Pedal Path Alpine Pedal Path is a 3.5-mile (one way) asphalt trail available for morning jogs, bike rides, leisurely walks, or just taking the dog for a walk. It boasts fresh air and beautiful scenery along the way. It has access points as well that lead to the lake and various beaches. Dogs are allowed at owner's full responsibility. See Details
West Mandeville Fire Road Pets are welcome on-leash on the West Mandeville Fire Road - 10 miles of trails at this rarely crowded Brentwood park with beautiful views of the mountains and ocean. See Details
Garland Ranch Regional Park Garland Ranch Regional Park is a gorgeous park 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
Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail The Half Moon Bay Coastal 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 Half Moon Bay! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Half Moon Bay Coastal 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
Mount Hollywood Trail at Griffith Park Mount Hollywood Trail is an easy, 3-mile hike in Griffith Park that will take about 1.5 hours to complete with Fido. This section of the mountain is owned by the city and offers what are quite possibly the best views of the Hollywood sign and the Los Angeles Basin. You will also enjoy the scenery as you look over at the San Gabriels or out to the ocean. Just make sure to keep Fido on a leash during the hike and clean up any pet messes. The trail can be accessed by parking at either the Griffith Observatory or at the Ferndell Trail in Los Feliz. See Details
Lake Hollywood Park Lake Hollywood Park is where the locals bring their dogs for playtime and socialization under the Hollywood sign. There are signs stating that dogs should be kept on a leash, and rangers do visit to enforce these rules. See Details
Mission Trail Park Mission Trail Park offers 35 acres of trails in southeast Carmel. If you enter the trail system via Mountain View Avenue (where it turns into Forest Road), you can take a nice little walk down to the Carmel Mission Basilica. You can also enter the park from Rio Road, across from the mission. See Details
Shady Canyon Trail Loop The Shady Canyon Trail Loop is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Irvine! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Shady Canyon Trail Loop. 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
Marian Bear Memorial Park There are plenty of wide open spaces to play in at this fun neighborhood park. Dogs are welcome on-leash, restrooms nearby. See Details
Barker Valley Trail Barker Valley Trail is a moderately easy, 7.5 mile hike in Cleveland National Forest 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
Oceanfront Trail Bring your pets for a stroll on this grassy, beachside trail. They're welcome to join you on-leash. See Details
Elysian Park This hidden gem of a public park contains 570 acres of serene natural spaces. A wonderful place to bring your pooch for an on-leash walk! The park features a bike path, hiking trail, horseshoe pits, jogging path, and restrooms. See Details
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve Take your pet for an on-leash hike throughout this large, lovely nature preserve, or let them run free in the designated off-leash area. Be careful as the area is not fenced. See Details
Chollas Lake Recreation Area Take your pet for some on-leash exercise in this beautiful lakeside recreation area. See Details
Tecolote Canyon Natural Park Bring your pet with you on-leash for some exercise along the 6.5 miles of scenic trails in this lovely canyon. See Details
Point Mugu State Park Point Mugu State Park, located in the Santa Monica Mountains, features five miles of ocean shoreline with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores, oaks and a few native walnuts. Leashed pets are welcome throughout the day use areas including campgrounds and day use areas. Pets are not permitted on any backcountry trails or dirt roads. There are more than 70 miles of hiking trails. The beach also features swimming, body surfing and surf fishing. The park includes the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. 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
Cap Homme / Ralph Adams Park Bring your dog for some exercise in the designated off-leash area of this beautiful Palm Desert park, which includes hiking trails. Be careful as the area is not fenced. See Details