If you live in LA and own a pooch, there’s a huge array of hikes you can do with your four-legged friend. Getting out in the fresh air isn’t only good for you, it’s one of our favorite ways to see the city. We’ve rounded up some of our most-trudged trails, from the super easy to challenging for you and your best friend. So whether you’re looking for a walk in the woods, or a view of coast with Max, here’s our hot spots. Don’t forget your sunscreen.
2001 N. Fuller
Los Angeles, CA 90046
One of the most popular dog-friendly hikes in Los Angeles and there’s often a celeb jogging the trail if you’re after a little Hollywood flavor. With approximately 90 acres of off-leash space, this is an easy one, except parking can be challenging during popular times but there is a small parking lot at the Mulholland Drive entrance. Not a ton of shade so make sure to wear a hat and pack water for you and your pooch, especially if you’re planning on legging it up to the views of the iconic Hollywood sign.
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
More than just a dog-friendly hike, this is the largest municipal park in the U.S. with 4,300 acres of space and 50 miles of dog-friendly trails. One of our favorites is the Ferndell Trail, right off Los Feliz Blvd (5375 Red Oak Drive), as there is tons of shade, gorgeous flora, and you can finish your walk at Trails Cafe. This rustic spot sells dog treats, human treats, and also makes one of the best almond milk lattes in the city.
Fryman Canyon Loop
3453 Fryman Road
Studio City, CA 91604
This is a 3-mile loop on the Studio City side of the Hollywood Hills, and a mix of dirt roads and paved residential streets. It’s a fairly easy walk with a subtle up-hill climb and dogs must stay on-leash. The upside is the amazing views of the San Fernando Valley, as well as a lovely rest spot at the Tree People Headquarters if you make it all the way to the top.
1025 Elysian Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Nestled right between Echo Park and Dodger Stadium, this is a relatively hidden dog-friendly spot in LA, mainly locals and it never gets that crowded. It’s a leisurely trail with slopes and lots of shade, but dogs must remain on the leash. Nice views of downtown and if it’s game day, you’ll even hear the roars from the baseball fans (though that can make parking a bit tricky).
15601 W. Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Who doesn’t want to escape into the wooded trails for the Santa Monica Mountains? This is probably one of the most popular dog hikes in LA for just that reason, so be prepared to see some people. There is paid parking available, and dogs must remain on leash (there’s often park rangers out on patrol), but the gorgeous vistas make it totally worth it. All the trails signs are clearly marked to help you stay on track.
Zuma Ridge Trail
Zuma Ridge Motorway & Busch Drive
Malibu, CA 90265
If you’re looking to really get your heart rate going this is the one for you. A challenging 5.4 mile roundtrip with nearly 1,400 feet of elevation. There is free parking at the trailhead and dogs are allowed off-leash. The coastal views of Zuma Beach and Malibu are also pretty breath-taking and this loop is considered one of the best hikes by those in the know.