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Best Dog-Walking Trails In Los Angeles

September 6, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Lizz Westman)

(credit: Lizz Westman)

(credit: Lizz Westman)

Walking your dog around the block and seeing the same neighborly faces gets old very fast. Sometimes a change of scenery is in order, especially when staying at home all day can be just as boring for your beloved canine companion. Change up your dog-walking routine with some of the best dog-walking trails in Los Angeles.

(credit: City of Manhattan Beach)

(credit: City of Manhattan Beach)


Hermosa Valley Greenbelt
1645 Valley Drive
Manhattan Beach, CA 90254
(310) 802-5313
www.ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us

Also known as Veteran’s Parkway, this 3.5-mile long wood chip trail nestles itself quietly along the state coastline between Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. A lot of the South Bay locals take their dogs for a walk along the popular forest-like trail lined with greenery. There are even a few dog-watering stations, dispensers with dog waste bags and trash cans placed conveniently along the trail. The trail itself serves as a nice little oasis away from city life and the beach party scene.

(credit: County of Los Angeles)

(credit: County of Los Angeles)


Alondra Park
3850 W. Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Lawndale, CA 90260
(310) 217-8366
www.parks.lacounty.gov

Alondra Park has a nice trail surrounding an urban lake with a small island that attracts migratory birds. The park itself has an array of amenities including a public swimming pool, fishing and picnic areas, a children’s playground and a skate park. Along the trail path surrounding the lake, you’ll find outdoor fitness zones where dog walkers can make some time for a dash of strength training. It’s not a very long walk, making it perfect for older dogs with joint issues.

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(credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Palisade Park
Ocean Avenue Between Colorado Avenue and Adelaide Drive
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8644
www.smgov.net

Andrea Servadio, the co-owner of Fitdog in Santa Monica, says Palisade Park is a local hot spot for West LA dogs. Lots of people come here to walk their dogs, making it a great place for dog-watching. “The path is dirt but there is plenty of grass around,” says Servadio. “Remember to bring a supply of waste bags and a water bowl, which can easily be filled up at the park’s water fountains.”

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(Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


Silver Lake Dog Park
1850 W. Silver Lake Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 644-3946
www.laparks.org

The Silver Lake Dog Parks caters to both small and large dogs with designated areas for each. There are even patchy dirt and grassy sections to accommodate a dog’s preference. The dogs are friendly and their owners don’t bite. If you get bored of the dog park, the Hollywood Reservoir is nearby. Dogs aren’t allowed on the trail directly surrounding the man-made lake, but there’s reportedly another trail just above it where many take their dogs instead.

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(credit: DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)


Lake Hollywood Park
3160 Canyon Lake Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-5046
www.laparks.org

Lake Hollywood Park makes a great place for dog walking and has one of the best views of the iconic Hollywood sign. You’ll want to keep you dog on a leash, since it’s not officially a dog park nor is it a fenced park, but people tend to ignore the leash rule given the amount of green grass there is for dogs to frolic in the sun. It can best be described as the best non-dog park dog park in the city. With so much scenery, lots of pets and plenty of sunshine, this will be a great way to spend a day with your loved ones.

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Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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