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My Favorite 3 Dog-Friendly Hikes in LA

By Jessica DiPaola
Posted in News, on March 02, 2017

We all know there’s nothing better than taking your pups along for a hike. You enjoy it, the pups enjoy it, and it’s great exercise for both. And with spring in the air, now's the time to explore the outdoors! Luckily, L.A. has many dog-friendly hiking spots, but here are my three favorites:

1) Runyon Canyon

Recently reopened Runyon Canyon is by far the most popular hiking destination in L.A., and it’s easy to see why. The views are incredible. On a clear day you can see most of Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Sign! Runyon Canyon is a real social hot spot and there are a lot of dogs on this trail. A must-do if you have a friendly and outgoing dog.

2) Solstice Canyon

Situated in Malibu, the main Solstice Canyon is a moderately easy hike and offers beautiful views of the Malibu hills and the Pacific coast. There are plenty of extra loops you can take that all lead back to the main trail and are a lot less busy. Your dogs will enjoy the privacy :). Unfortunately rain has been scarce in SoCal over the last few years, but Solstice gets very lush after rain and you’ll come across some creeks. It gets busy here on weekends and parking is limited. So get there early!

3) Escondido Falls

Another Malibu favorite! Hiking Escondido Falls is more like a nice walk through a beautiful forest, and a very easy hike for dogs. The waterfall and creeks are currently dry but it’s still a gorgeous trail. Watch out for horseback riding on the path. Escondido is also best explored early in the day when it’s quiet and there’s still parking available in the small lot.

A few safety tips for your dogs:

  • It’s best to always keep your pup on a leash. Most parks will require you to do so anyway.
  • Watch out for ticks, snakes (especially on hot days) and coyotes. We like to do a tick-check after the walk or on breaks. And carry something like this just in case.
  • Avoid going during the hottest time of day as the heat from the trail will injure a dog’s paws. My favorite time to go is 2-3 hours before sunset.
  • Be sure to keep your pup well-hydrated and share water with your little friend. I attach one of these to my fanny pack (yes, I wear one) and my dogs love drinking out of it.

And have fun! Enjoy this quality time with your pup. He will love you for it : )


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