Top Dog Friendly Hikes in San Diego, CA

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Top Dog Friendly Hikes

What's not to love about San Diego? With warm temperatures throughout the year, fresh ocean air and well-groomed and scenic trails, San Diego feels heavenly for hikers and their four-legged friends. Whether you want a challenging workout, a view of the ocean or city or something easy for you and your pup, check out our list of the top 12 dog friendly hikes in San Diego.
  • Cabrillo National Monument Trail

    Cabrillo National Monument is simply breathtaking. You and your four-legged friend can enjoy views of everything San Diego has to offer, such as the ocean, tide pools, lighthouses and city skyline. The trail is an easy 1/2 mile hike in Cabrillo National Monument which will take you about 1 hour to complete with your pup.
    1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive San Diego, CA, US 92106
    Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am - 5 pm
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  • Cowles Mountain

    Cowles Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in San Diego, perfect for people and pooches of all ages and sizes. The 3 mile hike offers 360 degree views of San Diego and is perfect for hiking, trail running and walking with Fido. Bring plenty of water and take frequent breaks for your four-legged friend on this dusty trail.
    Golfcrest Dr and Navajo Rd San Diego, CA 92119
    Hours: Daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Mission Trails Regional Park - Oak Canyon Trail

    Oak Canyon Trail is the perfect hike to get away from the city. Whether you want to burn some fat and feel your heart pounding or enjoy a leisurely stroll through nature with your canine, Oaks Canyon Trail gives you the ability to shorten or lengthen the distance and intensity of your hike. The view from atop is worth this challenging hike.
    1 Father Junipero Serra Tr San Diego, CA 92119
    Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
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  • Tecolote Canyon Natural Park

    Rolling Hills, greenery and desert brush are the views you can expect to see on your hike at Tecolote Canyon. The hike is complete with 6 small hills ranging from 50-100 yards to the top, so you and your pup will definitely have a good workout! Keep your furry friend on a leash because snakes have been spotted here before!
    5180 Tecolote Rd San Diego, CA 92110
    Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
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  • Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

    Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve encompasses natural beauty that you can enjoy with your athletic pup! The beautiful hike is filled with something to appreciate, including a waterfall and mountain views. The hike is perfect for hikers, bikers, runners and active pups. A trip to the waterfall is always enjoyable, so don't forget to bring your camera and sunscreen!
    12115 Black Mountain Rd San Diego, CA 92129
    Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
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  • Black Mountain Open Space Park

    Once you and your pooch come to Black Mountain Open Space Park once, you'll both be hooked. On your hike you'll see regulars, out-of-towners and anyone from age 7 to age 77. If you're crunched for time, you can finish this hike in just an hour. On a clear day, you and your pup can see beautiful views of the ocean.
    12115a Black Mountain Rd San Diego, CA 92129
    Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
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  • San Miguel Mountain

    San Miguel Mountain is not for the average couch potato. This hike is perfect for the active or avid hikers, but it's do-able for beginners if they're willing to put in the work. The first mountain to be hiked goes straight up and there aren't any switchbacks. Bring plenty of water for you and your canine and you'll feel the reward as you reach the American flag at the top.
    Paseo Veracruz Chula Vista, CA 91914
    Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
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  • Lake Miramar

    Lake Miramar is a popular hike among San Diego locals and their pups! The 5 mile hike around the loop offers beautiful views overlooking Mira Mesa and plenty of ducks for your canine to chase. Each quarter mile is marked, in case you want to improve your distance or time each time you visit. You and your pup will love taking a break from the daily grind and enjoying the tranquil outdoor setting.
    Scripps Lake Dr San Diego, CA 92131
    Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
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  • Fortuna Mountain

    Fortuna Mountain is about an 8 mile hike that you can make shorter or longer depending on the trail you choose leading up to the mountain. The hike begins with stairs, which will put you and your pup up for a challenge. The hike is a little rocky, with many challenging hills, so be mindful of your four-legged friend.
    11440 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92124
    Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
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  • Pyle's Peak

    Pyle's Peak is a 6 mile hike which starts out easy, but gets challenging as soon as you get near the summit. Make sure you bring plenty of water for you and your athletic pooch and wear your best hiking shoes because there are slippery rocks on several parts of the hike!
    Golfcrest Drive and Navajo Rd San Diego, CA 92119
    Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
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  • Kwaay Paay Trail and Summit

    Kwaay Paay Trail and Summit is short and sweet 2.5 mile hike that you and your pup will love. The trail consists of a lot of uphill workouts, so if you're looking to burn some calories, this is the place to be! Once you've reached the top, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking, panoramic views of downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Coronado and more surrounding cities. This hike is perfect for energetic pups and kids, too!
    1 Father Junipero Serra Trail San Diego, CA 92119
    Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
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  • Otay Valley Regional Park

    Whether you have two legs or four legs, all hikers can appreciate this scenic trail in San Diego. This hike is perfect for everyone from walkers and bikers to runners and horseback riders! On the trail, you'll walk through a beautiful plant nursery and overlook fantastic views of Southbay, the Coronado bridge and San Diego's city centre from Finney Overlook. Bring your polaroid and take lots of pictures of your pooch and the breathtaking backdrop.
    Chula Vista, CA 91912
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sat/Sun. 9:30 am to sunset.
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