"Great Hike in December in the afternoon!"South Lykken Trail
First, you need to park on Mesquite Ave. by the stop signs (This is the North end of the trail). You can not park in the Tahquitz Canyon park and visitor centre parking lot. The trailhead is right at the end of Mesquite Ave, with a map, garbage cans and doggy bags to pick up after your dog. Dogs must be leashed, and really it's for their safety, snakes and all those nice critters living off the trail. Plus if we keep our dogs on leash perhaps we can keep the trail open to the dogs...It is 1.5 miles to the highest point of this hike (there are picnic tables) we went just a bit past this thinking it would go to the top of the mountain, it does not it starts going back down, we turned back as we initially did not realize you can do a whole 3.5+ miles and it spits you out at South Palm Canyon Drive (b/w Murray canyon dr and Bogert trail, you would likely need a shuttle car or double the distance and go back via trail or streets). The really nice thing is we arrived in PS at about noon and it was 28C (82F) so I was a bit worried about our dog who is a Canadian mountain dog and not a huge fan of hot summer days. Not to worry in December this trail is entirely in the shade at 2:30 pm (if not earlier) the sun starts to drop which decreases the heat a lot on the trail. I would guess NOT a great mid-morning hike. Still, make sure to bring water. Its a significant uphill for the 1.5miles. We will likely try it from the other (south) side tomorrow.
"It is really big for an off leash dog park"Fiesta Island Off-Leash Dog Park
I really appreciated how big this area is, it's nice to get some exercise with your dog. I would give this 5 bones, its mostly just that I come from Canada and we are not used to so much sand/dirt, which makes clean up much more challenging. ;) Also in winter, 90% percent of bushes are dead, so not much greenery, I would love to see it in spring when it flowers and has more green. Bear had a blast going in and out of the water, nice calm water so he could really get his swim on vs. big waves. There were water bowls at many different points in the park, no water, we brought our own. It's really open on top so you can see for a long distance, it didn't seem busy which could be partly the size of the park, or perhaps everybody had a turkey hangover from Christmas day. Would definitely come here again.
"Great Dog Beach made for Merry Christmas!"Coronado Dog Beach
We visited Coronado last year without our dog and this year we decided to return with our fur baby. With Coronado Dog beach on on the top of our to visit list. It was great! Very Clean which I am finding quite rare on our trip thus far, with the clean up hose and water fountain at the entrance. Plus garbage and poop bags available for those who forgot or ran out. People and dogs were really friendly, all sorts of dogs. My dog is more into chasing his ball but found a couple dogs to play with. Didn't see any problems between dogs while we were there. Will happily be going again.
"Great Walk for Winter"Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
We were visiting San Deigo area and found this hike seemed to suit our needs best based on reviews. Our dog is in his winter fur being from Canada so we didn't want anything to open, dry and hot. This was great. We took mostly the single track routes which provide a fair amount of shade, we started about 11am. We walked fairly close to the creek most of the way and this way our dog could cool his feet every now and then. It was quite beautiful, it was sunny and warm, not too hot about 18 degrees Celcius. We brought water too.
We kept our dog on the leash and had no issues. Didn't see a single person with their dog off leash either. Though people could pick up after their dogs more. It was Christmas day and perhaps fairly quite...next stop is the beach.