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Los Angeles & Southern California Dog Beaches
Long Beach – Rosie’s Dog Beach
The Long Beach off-leash Dog Zone is a 3-acre, non-fenced site in Belmont Shore that was started by Justin Rudd – founder/director of Haute Dogs. Daily hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Between Argonne and Roycroft avenues in Belmont Shore. NOTE: Only one dog per adult. This is the only legal, off-leash dog beach in LA County.
Coronado – Dog Beach
Aat the most northern end of the beach next to the Naval Air Station. Wide and sandy, with the Pacific surf and the Hotel del Coronado in the background/ Located on Ocean Blvd. near Sunset Park.
Del Mar – Dog Beach
A nice, low-key spit of sand to let your dog roam in lovely Del Mar, but with limitations: the off-leash designated is seasonal only, so bring your dog without its leash only from September to June. Parking is also at a premium, and parking tickets flow freely in Del Mar. Camino del Mar.
Huntington Beach Dog Beach
On Pacific Coast Highway between 21st St. and Seapoint St.; 100 Goldenwest St., 92648. Open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Dogs may be off-leash in the water and on the wet sand — three quarters of a mile long.
Malibu – Leo Carrillo State Beach
This state beach allows leashed dogs. The only restriction is that they are not allowed between towers two and three (the busiest part of the beach). Go North on PCH towards Oxnard until you get to El Matador and Leo Carillo State Beaches. 818/706-1310
San Diego Dog Beach – Fiesta Island – Mission Bay
Most of this large sandy island in Mission Bay is designated leash-free for dogs and a fenced in area is provided about 3/4 way around the one-way road that circles the island for dogs that need to be contained. This area is 3+ square miles with the beach on one side and lots of room to run and trails to follow before you reach the fence that runs along the road. Lots of sandy dunes to romp in, and the calm bay waters lets the more adventurous dogs take a quick dip. Gates close approx. 10 p.m.
San Diego Dog Beach – Ocean Beach
Located in northern Ocean Beach, Dog Beach is the original dog beach and one of the most popular places to take your dog. This beach area is located at the west end of the San Diego River Floodway, also known as the Ocean Beach Flood Control Channel. With a wide swath of sand and the Pacific surf to roll in, Dog Beach is a special place to bring your mutt, or just to come and watch dogs be dogs in the surf and sand. Open 24 hours.
Los Angeles & Southern California Dog Parks
Arcadia Dog Park
The 3/4-acre property offers separate areas for small and large dogs, and it is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk daily.
Brentwood – Barrington Dog Park
333 S. Barrington Avenue, Los Angeles, 90049. (310) 476-4866; Closed on Tues. mornings.
Buena Park Dog Park
Bellis Park, 7171 8th St.
Calabasas Bark Park
4232 Las Virgenes Rd., 91302; 818 878-4242
Chino Hills State Park
Dogs are welcome at Bane Canyon Road, McLean Overlook, the Rolling M Ranch and in the campgrounds. They must be on leash at all times and are not allowed in the backcountry or on trails. Pets must not be left alone at any time. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Day-use: $4. 909-780-6222
Prado Regional Park can be found on Highway 83, south of Highway 60 and north of Highway 91 in Chino. 2,200 acres. 16700 S. Euclid Ave., Chino, 91710, 909-597-4260
Claremont Pooch Park
100 S. College Ave.
Claremont Area Parks
Cucamonga-Guasti Park – Ontario
Ganesha Park – Pomona
Schabarum Regional Park – Rowland Heights
Prospect Park – Redlands
San Bernardino National Forest – San Bernardino
Wildwood Dog Park – San Bernardino
Lake Perris State Recreation Area – Lakeview
Harford Springs Reserve – Perris
Corona – Butterfield Park Dog Park
Costa Mesa Bark Park
Arlington Ave & Fairview Ave in TeWinkle Park, near Volcom skate area, across from Orange County Fairgrounds. 2 acres, grass, lots of trees, water provided, good parking, completely handicap accessible. Dawn to dusk. Closed Tues.
Culver City Dog Park
The Boneyard is located off Jefferson at the far corner of Culver City Park. It is a little over 1 acre, with small and large dog area.
Downey – Rio San Gabriel Park
75-foot by 210-foot fenced dog run, along the San Gabriel River, on the east side of Rio San Gabriel Park, 9612 Ardine Street
El Cajon – Wells Park
1.4 acres. // Has gravel and grassy sun areas and dual drinking fountains (for pets and their owners). Southwest part of Wells Park, 1153 E. Madison Ave. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is lighted for night use.
El Segundo Dog Park
600 E. Imperial Avenue, 90245
Encino- Sepulveda Basin Dog Park
White Oak and Victory Blvd.; 818/756-9642
Located at the North-West corner of Balboa Park, a full 5 acres of fenced off-leash dog park. One acre is separate for small dogs. Open daily sunrise to sunset except on Friday when its opens at 11 a.m.
Fullerton Pooch Park
Located next to the Hunt Library, 201 S. Basque Ave, Fullerton, 92833. Small and large dog areas.
Griffith Park Dog Park
Adjacent to Ferraro Soccer Field. Fenced, parking, trash cans, separate areas for large and small dogs, half grass/half dirt. Open 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Huntington Beach – Best Friend Dog Park
At Central Park; Edwards @ Inlet; 92648; 714/536-5672; 1.5 acres. Separate small dog area for pooches under 25 lbs. and for older or handicapped dogs. Dawn to dusk.
Irvine (Central Bark) Dog Park
6405 Oak Canyon Road. 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day but Wednesday, and has two fenced acres with a separate area for small or shy dogs. Call the Irvine Animal Care Center (right next door) for information: (949) 724-7740.
Laguna Beach Dog Park
Approx. 1/2 way down Laguna Canyon Road on the east side of the highway. Next to the highway, not near hills or beach.
Laguna Niguel Dog Park
Fenced, water, landscaped. Located on a little over an acre at Golden Lantern near Chapparosa Park. Open from noon to dusk on Monday and Friday, 7 a.m. to dusk on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On Sunday, it is open from 8 a.m. to dusk.
Lancaster Dog Park
Park at 30th Street West north of Avenue M. 1.5 acres. Fenced.
Lincoln Park – Long Beach
Separate fenced areas for large and small dogs. Adjacent to Long Beach’s main public library downtown. The park is on the coner of Pacific and Broadway.
Long Beach – Downtown Dog Park
Broadway @ Pacific Ave. within Lincoln Park. The park opened in September and has been serving the needs of downtown residents and their dogs and re-energizing a historic open space in our downtown civic center. The park has spaces for both large and small dogs, benches for owners, free doggie waste bags and double entrance and exit gates.
Long Beach – K-9 Corner
The city’s fourth off-leash park opened on Sept. 27, 2009 at the corner of 9th & Pacific. Solar powered and completely off the grid, native plants, sloped irrigation, faux grass and recycled materials all wrapped into a contemporary design. Includes doggie water fountain. Very small “pocket park” lot on the corner, in a neighborhood.
Long Beach – Recreation Dog Park
5201 E. 7th St. @ Park Ave. inside Recreation Park. Almost two acres of off-leash play space, including a fenced area just for small dogs. The park is well-lit and open until 10 p.m. daily.
Long Beach – Uptown Dog Park
Opened in November on the Long Beach Blvd. side of Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd. The dog area is near picnic tables and a nearby parking lot. More dog parks may be planned as residents see the benefits of creating safe, fun areas for dogs to run and play in City parks. The Uptown Dog Park also provides separate areas for small and large dogs to play off leash. The fenced area is located near picnic areas and a parking lot.
Los Angeles – Coldwater Canyon Park, Laurel Canyon Park, Runyon Canyon Park & Temescal Canyon Park
These parks, within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, allow dogs on leashes six feet or shorter. In order to protect natural and cultural resources, pets are required to stay on trails, roads and developed areas (campgrounds and parking lots). Dogs are not allowed in buildings (except aid dogs) and where posted.
Los Angeles – Hermon Dog Park
Arroyo Seco Park. At the end of the park driveway, walk under the Ave. 60 bridge to the site for the new (July ’05) off-leash dog park.
Los Angeles – Runyon Canyon Park
160 acre park; 90 acres off-leash; Park is on a steep hill with trails; 2000 N. Fuller, 90046; 323/666-5046; Daily, sunrise to sunset.
Malibu – Charmlee Natural Area & Malibu Bluffs
These two areas, within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, allow dogs on leashes six feet or shorter. In order to protect natural and cultural resources, pets are required to stay on trails, roads and developed areas (campgrounds and parking lots). Dogs are not allowed in buildings (except aid dogs) and where posted.
North Hollywood – Whitnall Off-leash Dog Park
Whitnall Highway at Cahuenga Blvd.; all grass, two separate fenced areas both with double entrance gates, dog drinking fountains, trees, picnic benches, pickup scoops, trash cans, street parking; three acres, open dawn to dusk. 818/756-8190
Ocean Beach/Point Loma – Dusty Rhodes Park
This is a smaller fenced in off leash area. Corner of Sunset Cliffs and Nimitz as you enter Ocean Beach.
Oceanside Dog Park
Adjacent to the North County Humane Society and SPCA, 2905 San Luis Rey Rd. 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thurs. – Tues. Closed Wednesdays. The Dog Park will also be closed for 24 hours after rain.
Orange Dog Park
Located in Yorba Park, 162 S Yorba St., 92869. Large and Small dog sections. 7 a.m. to dusk.
Pacific Palisades – Rustic Canyon Park
Rustic Canyon Rd., 90272
Pasadena – Brookside Park
360 N. Arroyo Blvd.; The dog area of this large park is adjacent to the Rose Bowl. Intended for use as a dog-training area: dogs may be off-leash but should be engaged in training exercises; open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekends.
Pasadena Off-leash Dog Park – Alice’s Park
2.5-acres, 3026 E. Orange Grove Blvd., 7 a.m. to dusk. The dog area is within the Viña Vieja Park. Large and small dog areas.
Poway – Poway Dog Park
An award-winning 1.75 acre fenced-in, lighted, off-leash area for dogs within Community Park. Open from sunrise to sunset daily. Lights in the dog park off-leash area extend evening hours to 9:30 p.m. 13094 Bowron Rd.
Rancho Santa Margarita – Canada Vista Dog Park
24328 Antonio Pkwy., 92688. Dawn to dusk. Three dogs max. per person.
Redondo Beach Dog Park
200 Flagler Lane; within the 23 acre Dominguez Park, at the corner of 190th Street and Flagler Lane. Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, pickup bags, trees, parking, telephones, lights, restrooms, water, trashcans, shelter; separate fenced area for little dogs.
Riverside – Riverwalk Dog Park
Adjacent to a fairly new housing development off of Pierce St. between the 91 freeway and Riverwalk Ave. Little dog area separate from big dog area with the parking lot between the 2. Very nicely landscaped. Benches, dog water areas and potty bags provided. Starbucks right next door!
Riverside – Carlson Dog Park
This dog park is located near the river. It is also near Mt. Rubidoux Park, which is a good place for hiking before or after your visit to the dog park. To get to the dog park, take the 91 freeway to Mission Inn St. and go west through downtown Riverside past Market St. The park is on the south side just after you cross a large bridge but before you get to the riverbed.
Riverside – Pat Merrit Dog Park
Fence, lights, benches, potty bags, water access. Very large park with beautiful green grass and clean environment. Has two big areas: one for small dogs the other for big dogs. Limonite Frontage Rd. and Ave. Juan Bautista. Directions: From 60W: Exit Rubidoux and make a left, right on Mission, left on Limonite Ave, left on Ave. Juan Bautista, quick left on Limonite Frontage Rd.
San Clemente – Baron Von Willard Memorial Dog Park
dawn to dusk. It is located at 301 Avenida La Pata, 92673.
San Diego Dog Parks
San Diego – Nate’s Point (Balboa Park)
Balboa Drive at El Prado, on the south side of the Cabrillo Bridge. This is an enjoyable setting for dogs and owners alike. A large grassy lawn in the middle of Balboa Park is the perfect place to play catch with balls and frisbees, and to socialize – both for the dogs and their owners. Open 24 hours.
San Diego – Morley Field (Balboa Park)
On the east side of Balboa Park, northwest of the tennis courts. Ideal for residents of nearby North Park.
San Diego – Rancho Bernardo Dog Park
Located at the southern most end of the Rancho Bernardo Community Park, the Off Leash Dog Park is a 2.66 acre off leash area divided into three pens where dogs can run free and socialize in a beautiful environment.
San Dimas Dog Park
Open dawn to dusk. Located in beautiful Horsethief Canyon Park, 301 Horsethief Canyon Rd., San Dimas, 91773
Santa Clarita – Central Bark
Dawn to dusk. Small dog area, too. Within Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd.
Santa Monica – Airport Park
This 4-acre park includes a small off-leash dog area (.83 acres), with separate small and large dog areas. As with all the parks in the City of Santa Monica, Inc., dogs must be licensed in Santa Monica.
Santa Monica – Joslyn Park
Licensed Santa Monica Dogs may use the park leashless from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm M-F; 8:30 am to 8:30 pm Sat-Sun. The park is closed for maintenance on Tues and Thurs from 9:30 am to 11am. 7th Street and Kensington Road. 310/393-9975
Santa Monica – Memorial Park
Licensed Santa Monica Dogs may use the park leashless from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. & 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; on 7th Street @ Kensington Road. 310/393-9975.
Santa Monica – Pacific Street Park
Locate at Pacific & Main, 0.42 acres, off-leash dog area.
Seal Beach – Arbor Dog Park
off Lampson between Valley View and Los Alamitos Blvd. 2.5- acre grass park with several large shade trees.
Sierra Madre Dog Park
611 East Sierra Madre Blvd.; Sierra Madre; fenced, handicap, pickup bags, trees, parking, phones, restrooms, water, trash cans. One area for large/active dogs, one for small/special needs dogs. Located at the north-west end of the park. Open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.
Silver Lake Dog Park
1850 Silverlake Blvd. at Easterly Terrace; at the south end of Silver Lake Reservoir, this quarter-acre fenced area has benches, tables, handicaped access, pickup bags, trees, lights, water, trash cans, and dog drinking fountains. 323) 644-3946 6 a.m. to 10 p.m
Studio City – Laurel Canyon Dog Park
8260 MULHOLLAND DR., 90046; 818/769-4415; 3 acres off-leash; Small fenced children’s play area; Parking for 35 cars; Public phones available; Open 24 hours, daily.
Upland – Baldy View Dog Park
five acres, fenced, restrooms, Located on 11th St. between Mountain Ave. and San Antonio Ave.
Venice – Westminster Dog Park
1234 Pacific Ave (Westminster @ Main), Venice, 90291; Fenced, benches, trees, water, trash, separate areas for large and small dogs under 25 lbs. and a ‘sandbox’ for dogs to dig in. Open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. 0.8 acres off-leash; Area of small dogs, 50 feet x 25 feet; Limited parking; (310) 396-1615
West Hollywood – William S. Hart Park
8341 De Longpre Ave., Trail off-leash dog area. Mornings: Small Dogs 7 am – 8 am; Large Dogs 8 am – 9 am; Evenings: Small Dogs 5 pm – 6 pm; Large Dogs 6 pm – 7 pm
Hiking with Dogs
Arcadia – Angeles National Forest
Dogs allowed on all trails on leash. Forest Headquarters: 701 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia. 805-683-6711. Web site has maps and hiking trail difficulties and lengths.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
53 miles across, from Beverly Hills to the Oxnard Plane. Dogs are permitted on all National park land within the recreation area. Dogs must be on a leash 6ft or less. State Parks in the recreation area (as in all of California) do NOT permit dogs at all.
Hollywood – Runyon Canyon
Off-leash dog recreation area, trails for hiking but not completely fenced, except for a small grassy area at the bottom. Hiking the main, paved trail, top to bottom, takes a little over an hour. There are two dirt trails that stretch top to bottom as well, one on either crest, with the paved path winding up the floor of the canyon. Lots of dogs and people at all times. Water fountains for dogs only at the bottom. Top parking lot/entrance: Mullholland Drive, about five minutes west of the 101. Bottom parking/entrance: street parking, entrance is at north end of Fuller Ave.