It’s a bit of a scene for humans and the same goes for dogs, too. But there’s a reason this popular Hollywood hike is packed with pups: It’s one of the only hikes in L.A. where you’re legally allowed to walk with your dog off-leash. Do note that you’ll need to keep your pup on-leash near all of the entrances; once you hit the gate north of the Fuller entrance you can let them roam, but we suggest taking a look at the city’s map of the park for the exact boundaries. If the three-mile loop is pushing it for either you or your dog, consider a shorter jaunt via the Mulholland entrance to the north.
Sure, hiking in Los Angeles is all about scenic views and sweaty workouts. But we think an even more key component is your personal comfort level: just how much sun, dirt and steep inclines you’re willing to put up with. That’s especially true if you’re bringing a four-legged friend along with you.
So in putting together our list of the best dog-friendly hikes in L.A., we’ve tried to focus on Angelenos who are moderately comfortable with hiking but have maybe never taken their dog with them before (after all, if you and your pup are already avid hiking buddies, you likely have your go-to spots). We’ve picked out a few spots that offer a bit of shade, a mild workout and flexibility as far as the trail length goes.
Regardless of which trail you decide to tackle, make sure to bring some extra water for both you and your furry friend. In all but the first two entries in our list, you’ll need to keep your dog on-leash at all times (and even at those two off-leash trails, make sure to still have one with you and that your dog can come back to you on command). With all of that out of the way, it’s time to hit the trails on these dog-friendly hikes in L.A.