At the edge of the San Fernando Valley is the neighborhood of Sunland which has also been called Sunland-Tujunga since the two neighborhoods merged and now share a neighborhood council, schools, library, and other civic organizations. Sunland is also known for having the high point in the city on Mount Lukens at just over 5,000 feet. Foothill Blvd. is the main road through the neighborhood and is where you will find most of the commercial businesses. Food and drink are easily available for you and a pet store and vet are also within a short distance.
Weather is hot and dry in the summer and cool and somewhat wet in the winter. You can expect to have good walking weather for the majority of the days from fall to spring, but summer will be more problematic due to the heat. Early morning walks can take care of that problem since it cools off fairly well at night.
The vast majority if this neighborhood is very flat since it is in the San Fernando Valley, but it borders foothills to the north and the south, so these areas are much more challenging for walkers. If you are a beginning walker, or your pup is a bit out of shape, stick to the flat areas at least until you have built up a bit of strength and stamina. Once you are ready, there are several trails that lead up into the foothills that will provide a much more challenging walk.
Most of the streets of Sunland have sidewalks and some have grass. But just because you can manage the heat does not mean that your pup will. There is not a lot of shade, so sidewalks will be very hot. In addition, dogs must work much harder to cool off because they do not sweat. If it is too hot outside, make plans to walk earlier in the day.
You won’t find any greenways in Sunland, but there are a couple of parks just outside its borders. Oro Vista Park is on the northwest side of the neighborhood and Howard Finn Park is to the southeast. Both parks have some grass and dirt for your pup to enjoy, but they are small parks and offer little else.
In the foothills to the south, there are paths that lead up which can be walked. There are no official trails or parks in this area, but well-defined natural trails can be picked up in many of the neighborhoods along the southern border.
To the north, there are recreation areas and trails you can use, including the Rim of the Valley Trail. Deukmejian Wilderness Park is just to the east and heads up into the San Gabriel Mountain foothills. The park is 709 acres and has some pretty high elevation changes that may be for seasoned hikers.