Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in Los Angeles

by Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

May 19, 2016

Runyon Canyon, California © Buffalo Rome | Flickr

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National parks are generally open for leashed dogs, though California State Parks usually prohibit them on trails. Most city and county parks are dog friendly, and some even have areas for dogs to run free. If you’re looking to explore Los Angeles with your canine pal, be sure to check out the following trails.


Zuma Ridge Trail, California © Jeremy | Flickr

© Jeremy | Flickr


Zuma Ridge Trail

Avid hikers who want a challenge can bring dogs to Zuma Ridge, a favorite spot for Los Angelenos who want multiple routes through the more remote side of the Santa Monica Mountains.


Bronson Canyon Trail, California © Oliver Dodd | Flickr

© Oliver Dodd | Flickr


Bronson Canyon Trail

This might be the most recognizable trail as it leads to the entrance of the bat cave from the 1960s Batman TV series. It’s also a simple hike and has three man-made tunnels to explore.


Elysian Park, California © Mulling It Over | Flickr

© Mulling It Over | Flickr


Elysian Park

Elysian Park is a 570-acre hidden gem located close to downtown. Smaller dogs will enjoy the easy trails and sparse traffic, in addition to running free on the grass.


Runyon Canyon, California © Jacob Avanzato | Flickr

© Jacob Avanzato | Flickr


Runyon Canyon

This is by far the most popular place for hiking thanks to its location in the Hollywood Hills. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and cleaned up after with the provided mutt mitts.



These trails offer beautiful views of the ocean and downtown. The park also provides mutt mitts and allows dogs to roam un-leashed as long as they’re under direct supervision.


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