As the summer season rolls in, there’s no better way to enjoy the sunshine and nature than by embarking on a hike with your furry best friend. San Diego, with its diverse landscapes and pleasant climate, offers a plethora of dog-friendly hiking trails. Here are the top 5 trails that you and your canine companion absolutely must explore:

1. Cowles Mountain 🏞

Distance: 3 miles round trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Trek to the highest peak within San Diego city limits and treat your dog to stunning panoramic views. The well-maintained trail is a local favorite, offering a challenging yet rewarding hike.

2. Iron Mountain Trail πŸŒ„

Distance: 5.8 miles round trip
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
This trail boasts picturesque wildflowers and fantastic vistas. While the hike may be a bit strenuous, your dog will appreciate the varied terrain and opportunities to explore.

3. Annie’s Canyon Trail at San Elijo Lagoon 🏜

Distance: 2.5 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Known as the “Miniature Grand Canyon,” this unique trail features narrow slots and striking sandstone formations. It’s an ideal adventure for both you and your adventurous pup.

4. Cedar Creek Falls πŸ’§

Distance: 6 miles round trip
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Reward yourselves with a refreshing dip at the waterfall at the end of this scenic hike. Be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your four-legged companion, as it can get quite warm.

5. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve 🌿

Distance: Up to 7.2 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy
With its lush vegetation and serene creek, Los PeΓ±asquitos is perfect for a leisurely hike. Your dog will love splashing in the water and exploring the diverse flora and fauna.

Remember to follow proper hiking etiquette and leash laws when visiting these beautiful trails to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Pack essentials like water, snacks, waste bags, and a first-aid kit for both you and your dog.

We’d love to see your hiking adventures with your furry companions! Share your photos and stories on social media using #SDDogHikes. Let’s inspire each other to explore San Diego’s natural beauty while creating unforgettable memories with our dogs.

Happy hiking!