San Diego is home to numerous hiking trails, but unfortunately, a good chunk of them do not allow you to bring your dog. We did some research and found some of the best places where you and your pup can adventure together! Continue along to find out where you and your furry friend can hike.
Most of San Diego County requires dogs to be on a leash at all times. However, from Monday through Friday the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve allows you to let your dogs off their leash. Your pups must stay on leash on the way up the trail, but once you are at the top your dog can run free and enjoy nature. Together you can explore all the gorgeous views Elfin Forest has to offer of the Olivenhain Reservoir.
San Dieguito Lagoon
The San Dieguito Lagoon is another hot spot to take your dogs to run free and enjoy themselves. The trail leads to Del Mar's North Beach, more commonly known as Dog Beach. Dog Beach is one of the best places for your dog to be free of their leash and cool off in the waves. The trail takes you on a dirt path along the river mouth connecting to the ocean, which allows you to see some interesting wildlife from big birds to jumping fish.
Los Penasquitos Canyon
Los Penasquitos Canyon is another great place for you and your furry companion to hike on your next adventure together. The trail is long, but not so difficult that it will tire you and your pup out. You must keep your dog on a leash at all times, but he or she can still enjoy the hike just as much as you can. Stop by all the beautiful flowing waterfall if you guys want to cool off.
Iron Mountain is the second highest peak in Poway. It is an awesome place for you and your pooch to explore. You have to keep your dog on a leash, but that won't stop the fun. The 5.6-mile hike is full of scenic views, including the Catalina Islands and Mount Woodson of Poway. There is not a lot of shade on this hike so make sure you start your hike early, bring enough water for you and your doggy, and protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen and sunglasses.
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is last but definitely not least on our list of best places to take your dog to hike. The 700-acre land is full of beautiful wildlife and views you don't want to miss. Make your way down the trails to the reservoir, admiring the colorful flowers alongside the path. Be cautious while you adventure because there occasionally are snakes along the path.