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Friday Favorites: Dog-Friendly Trails

Posted by: kateg 3 years, 4 months ago


Whether you’re training for your next big race, or you just want to get in a casual jog, it is always nice to bring your furry friend along to enjoy the beautiful outdoors here in San Diego. This week’s Friday Favorites is focused on just that, Dog Friendly Running Trails in San Diego. So lace up, leash up, and get out there!









Tijuana Estuary State Reserve: A little known secret in San Diego, this dog friendly trail goes from IB Blvd and Seacoast all the way out to the river mouth and the helicopter base. There is an abundance of wildlife on this peaceful trail that you can choose to make a little longer, or shorter depending on the routes you decide to take. Take a look at the trail maps here to plan your visit.


Elfin Forest: This is one of the most beautiful hikes in San Diego, take in the amazing views of Lake Hodges as well as the lush trees and gardens that aren’t characteristic of most San Diego Hikes. There are several trails to choose from through oak woodlands and riparian habitat with view points along the way. You can even let your furry friends off leash at the top of the “Way UP” Trail.

Cabrillo Monument Tidepools: While this 0.5 mile trail is more of a short coastline walk, it is always a good option to get out on a “rest day” that will take about 1 hour to complete with your furry companion. Although some people along the trail may tell you that your dog is not allowed, this trail is in fact the only area in Cabrillo National Monument where dogs are allowed. Remember your buddy will need to remain on leash during your visit.

Mt Woodson/Potato Chip Rock: Potato Chip Rock via Mt Woodson Trail is a 7.5 mile hike that  offers breathtaking vistas along the hike from Lake Poway. This hike is moderately strenuous, but can be very steep and narrow in some places. Be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your pup as it gets pretty hot and dry during the summer months.


For more dog friendly spots, check out our San Diego Dog Friendly Trails board on Pinterest!



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