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For many, man’s best friend becomes an important member of the family. Making sure they have a walk every day is important for our four-legged friends. Southern California has many trails that are great for including your dog that also have picturesque views and several activities that can be enjoyable for the owner also. Here are the best dog-friendly hikes in Orange County.
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(credit: Terrence Y./Yelp)


Canyon View Park
Canyon Vistas and Pacific Park Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92657
(949) 243-7750
www.cityofalisoviejo.com

This hike in the heart of the Orange County area is 12 acres of terrain that is great for man and dog to enjoy a good workout. The trails are open and grassy, perfect for exploration. For those looking to take a quick break, there are picnic tables and also volleyball courts as an extra activity. For those with children, there is also a playground equipment for the little ones to enjoy. Grab your pal and explore one of Orange County’s dog-friendly parks.

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Peters Canyon Regional Park
8548 E. Canyon View Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6611
www.ocparks.com

Peters Canyon Regional Park is a great location for a walk with dog at the 330-acre land that has various trails that can bring variety to the regular dog walk. The lake and creek that trickles into the canyon is a great view and break from the typical hikes, and the park has a $3 parking charge for the entire day. View the OC Parks map and plan your hike accordingly. Your dog can roam freely and sprint, scamper and socialize with other dogs.

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(credit: Kim G./Yelp)


Carbon Canyon Regional Park
4442 Carbon Canyon Road
Brea, CA 92823
(714) 973-3160
ocparks.com

The 124-acre dog-friendly park with a 10-acre grove of coastal redwoods is also home to a sports complex, amphitheater, baseball fields, botanical preserve, equestrian trails, picnic areas and many more amenities. The wild and rugged canyon is miles away from civilization and a great getaway to enjoy that hike with your four-legged friend. The open areas and trails are ideal for dogs to explore, and the amenities are an added incentive to check this location out.

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(credit: Mary F./Yelp)


Huntington Beach Trail
103 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 846-1114
huntingtonbeachca.gov

Being in Southern California you must enjoy the beach hikes with your little friend. The ocean breeze and walk along the beach can be a great environment for dog and owner. This is also a free for those who are budget-conscious, and those who have friends and family can enjoy a bike ride, surf or simply lay out on the beach. This refreshing experience will bring peaceful vibes to you and your dog.

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(credit: Amber E./Yelp)


Heisler Park
Cliff Drive between Myrtle & Aster Streets
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The two-mile bluff-top stretch located on at Laguna Beache’s Cliff Drive is one of the best locations with the most stunning views in the Orange County. The path leads to various coves and the popular boardwalk-lined main beach. It is a wonderful location to take your pup for a walk and enjoy all of its amenities. The tide pools north of the Main Beach are not to miss when taking your dog for a walk.

Related: Best Family Hikes In OC

Elle Toussi is a freelance journalist covering all things Southern California. She has traveled to the Middle East in 2013 and 2014 covering the Syrian refugee situation in Jordan. That experience inspired her to become the founder of InOneMinute.org which uses the power of mobile technology and philanthropy to meet specific needs of women around the world. Her previous work can also be found on Examiner.com and AXS.com.
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