Walking in the valley can be treacherous, as roads are narrow and winding and often don't have sidewalks. As you climb up into the canyon, you will find that houses are very close to the road, since there is little room to build on the increasingly steep cliffs. While there is a sidewalk going up the canyon, it is narrow, not big enough for you and your dog to walk side by side.
If you and your dog are nimble climbers, the hills beyond the houses may be fun for you to explore. At the top of the canyon are gorgeous luxury mansions and condos. Streets at the top are wider and more accommodating for walking.
Every inch of level ground has been developed, except for Beverly Glen Park, which offers manageable hiking in the foothills. While beautiful houses with swimming pools and tennis courts occupy level ground, there is far more mountainous terrain which is not built on. These areas are wonderful to explore with your dog, as they offer challenging physical exercise and a natural environment to explore.
Hiking through mountainous areas can be fun for you and your dog, but keep safety in mind. Going uphill is often easier for you and your dog than going downhill, so keep looking behind you as you hike to make sure you can get down safely. Use a harness on your dog so you can help pull her up (or so she can help you) if necessary.
Views from these mountainous heights are truly stunning, and the contrast between the lovely flowers and hedges of developed areas and the harsh wild shrubbery is striking.
Your dog will enjoy the challenging terrain and sights and smells of wildlife, while you enjoy the lovely landscaping of developed areas and gorgeous views of mountain landscapes.
Beverly Glen Park offers a natural area that is manageable to hike though. This preserved area of foothills is a refuge for wildlife and for people who want to escape the city for a bit and are looking for a gentle stroll through the wilderness.