As the summer approaches and you're getting excited about all the incredible hiking available to you in Los Angeles and beyond (Six Pack of Peaks, anyone?), don't forget to bring your fido with you. Many trails in Los Angeles allow dogs as long as they are on leash and we know a LOT of over-active dogs in LA who would absolutely love to expend all their excess energy with a proper hike alongside their humans.
Here are five of our favorite LA hikes for you and fido (that don't include Runyon Canyon!):
Mount Hollywood Trail at Griffith Observatory - This is one of our favorite before or after work hikes if you live in East LA. Park at Griffith Observatory and you'll be at the trailhead in minutes. On this 4-mile out and back hike, the trails are wide and smooth and the city views as you wind your way up are spectacular. On the way up, be sure to stop at Dante's View -- it's a terraced garden that has a few benches and offers expensive views of the city and mountains beyond. There's also a water spout and bowl just past Dante's View - be sure to stop and fill up your own bowl or use the one there to give your dog a much needed drink of water before heading up the rest of the trail. Dogs are welcome on leash.
Sandstone Peak via the Mishe Mokwa Trail -- This 6 mile hike is tough but doable and strong fidos will be all about it. There is a parking lot at the bottom of the trail and it is clearly marked. This hike offers views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Bay and has extremely strong layer game for as far as the eye can see. There are also several deeply cool features to admire along this trail -- from Balanced Rock to the climbers you often see on Echo Cliffs - before arriving at the top of Sandstone Peak. It can get hot on this trail so go early and keep fido on a leash. The terrain is not terribly rocky but there are some sharp bits. If your dog wears booties to protect their feet on certain hikes, this is definitely a hike for the booties.
Angel's Point at Elysian Park - We have been known to walk many a Walk Fido crew through Elysian Park nearly every day for the past 12 years and we cannot recommend this 3 mile loop enough. It's close, quick and offers quintessentially LA sights - a funky dragon, murals, a cityscape view that is ideal at sunset and a very cool sculpture at the top. Because this hike is quick and easy to access, there are more dogs on this route than others. Keep your dog on a leash and be mindful. We've seen a lot of off-leash dogs that are not under owner voice control here. It can get hot, but luckily there are some shaded areas along the way.
Solstice Canyon - When it's really hot outside, get thee to Solstice Canyon. We love this hike for fidos because it's shaded and cool and has a creek and a waterfall most of the year if there has been recent rain. This 3.4 mile loop is on a well-maintained trail and isn't ever too crazy busy for us to feel like we should have left our dogs at home. It's also absolutely stunning right now after such a historically wet winter -- green, green everywhere.
Verdugo Peak via The Vital Link - This six mile hike is a favorite when we're wanting to go a bit more east than DTLA. If you haven't explored the Verdugo Mountains, we highly recommend it. This hike is challenging hike and is for fit fidos who have hiked with you before and can handle the up hill push at the beginning and end and middle. But it's really worth it. Promise. There's also a giant lounge chair just after the first big uphill push. Be sure to bring lots of water for you and fido and you'll both be tuckered and ready for a long nap afterwards.
What are your favorite LA hikes that are fido-friendly? Let us know! We'd love to add to this list all summer long!