Written by Jana B.
With summertime peeking around the corner, the Found Animals team is abuzz with fun outdoor activities to put on the agenda for the months ahead. Being pet lovers, we’re always looking for ways to get our blood pumping with our pooches in the great outdoors. Thankfully, in Southern California, there is no shortage of incredible hikes and walking trails to hit with our furry friends!
In this five part series, we encourage you to get outside and explore with your best friend as we count down our top 5 Los Angeles dog hikes.
#5 Runyon Canyon (Bonus – Wattles Mansion around the corner!)
As well-known as Runyon Canyon is to Angelenos, in our opinion, no list of accessible, dog-friendly hikes would be complete without it. Yes, it is occasionally very packed, and on hot days the entrance smells of you-know-what, but it’s a Hollywood favorite for good reason – the views! On a clear day, you can see west to the ocean, south to Palos Verdes, and east to downtown Los Angeles and the San Bernardino Mountains. This is a fantastic vista for the Hollywood sign as well.
The most popular hike, via the “fire road”, is about 2 miles long. It will lead you up a mildly graded, paved walk for the first half, and then continue to a taxing set of stairs up to the top and spectacular view.
If you are looking for a more challenging hike, take the western trail, which is much steeper (and not for the faint of heart). Though it is still dog-friendly, obey the signs, as many areas are not off-leash once you veer off the fire road. Many spots along this western trail can be slippery with loose rocks as well – so proceed with caution if you don’t have a particularly athletic dog.
Another “bonus” to Runyon is Wattles Mansion & Park, which is also dog-friendly. The mansion and grounds are stunning and make for a perfect place to relax, get a drink of water or picnic with your pack after a grueling Runyon session.
To get there:
Enter from Fuller Avenue and North Vista Street in Hollywood, or at the top of the hill on Mulholland Drive. Parking can be a test of patience at all three locations, but there is a small (free) parking lot at the Mulholland entrance. Wattles Mansion & Park is just a few blocks away at 1850 N. Curson Avenue. Easily walkable from both Fuller and North Vista entrances in Hollywood, don’t forget to make a pit stop there with your dog before or after the next Runyon visit.
Do you have a favorite Los Angeles dog hike? Let us know in Comments!