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Our favorite dog-friendly hikes in Los Angeles

One of the best things about living in Southern California is that we’re able to enjoy the great outdoors almost year round!

Last year, we really got into hiking with the pups on a regular basis. Thanks to the sunny weather and Chibi’s recovered little legs, we’ve been able to explore a ton of dog-friendly hikes around LA. Today we’re sharing our favorite parks and hikes to frequent with Kokoro and Chibi.

Runyon Canyon Trail

Probably one of the most popular and well-known hiking trails in LA. You’ll likely be accompanied by many other hikers and dogs on this trail.

Runyon Canyon Trail spans 2.7 miles and is located near West Hollywood. We consider this a relatively difficult hike due to the loose and dusty ground. It’s very easy to slip so wear good shoes! There are portions of trail that are dedicated for all dogs to be off leash, which is great. Portions of the trail involve many steep steps, so we had to avoid this trail when Chibi was recovering from her surgeries.

Read more about Runyon Canyon Trail here!

Wisdom Tree Hike

The Wisdom Tree hike is part of a 3.7 mile loop and can be relatively busy as well. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash. The trail can be rocky and steep at times, but it’s no problem for the pups. Just us two-legged humans!

Read more about details of the Wisdom Tree Hike here.

West Ridge Trail

West Ridge trail is one of our absolute favorites. 4.5 miles in length (so up and back gives you a total of 9 miles), this is a very easy hike with wide paths and amazing views. If you want to avoid steep hills or steps, this is the hike for you. The ground isn’t too dusty but is slanted at an angle for a lot of the hike, so prepare to brace your knees and ankles. Dogs are allowed and there were a handful of well-behaved puppers off leash.

Read more about West Ridge Trail here.

Stocker Corridor Trail

As part of the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation area, this trail is extremely easy, quite narrow, but easily accessible within Los Angeles. Pups are allowed but must be kept on leash. We’ve seen people get ticketed by the state park employees for having dogs off leash, so be careful with this one!

Read more about this trail here.

Griffith Park

Another popular area with many different trails to hike. We parked at The Trails Cafe and took a short and easy hike up to Griffith observatory. There are quite a few outlooks before you reach the top to catch views of Los Angeles below. And of course, when you reach the top, snap some photos at the beautiful observatory!

Learn more about the hiking trails in Griffith Park here.

That’s it for hikes we’ve enjoyed so far with the pups! There are so many more, especially if we venture a little outside of LA or towards the south bay. What other hikes in Los Angeles do you guys like?

Emily is a Los Angeles based content creator with a passion for photography, videography, and storytelling. Through @emwng, you'll find photos and videos of people, places, delicious food, and of course, her two fluffy sidekicks Kokoro and Chibi.

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