West Hollywood is a smaller neighborhood which is primarily residential but has a large commercial sector just outside of its boundaries. The area has a very old history going back to the 1700s when it was home to the Tongva Indian Tribe. It was also home to the major connecting road for Los Angeles and all of the ranches extending to the Pacific Ocean in the late 18th century. Today, West Hollywood West is very walkable, boast a lot of cafes and restaurants, and has easy access to local pet stores and boutiques. There is even a dog park a couple of blocks to the north.
The climate in West Hollywood is hot and dry in the spring through early fall with still warm temperatures the rest of the year. You will be able to walk all year, but keep a careful watch on summer temperatures which can be a problem for your pooch on the hottest of days.
West Hollywood will not give you any troubles when it comes to walking through the neighborhood. It is very walkable and, with no hills, it is perfect for anyone that has no interest in exercise or for those who are very new to walking and need a place where they can start slowly. Should the flat terrain pose a problem for those looking for more of a challenge, there are recreational areas just to the north in the mountains that provide the opportunity for a better workout.
For an urban walk, the residential streets of West Hollywood are quite pleasant. Most of the streets are lined with trees, keeping the temperatures down and the direct sun off of you and Fido. Not all of the areas have grass along the shoulders, but most of them have some sort of shoulder with trees and either rock, dirt, or grass as well as the occasional garden.
West Hollywood is a small community and does not have its own greenways, but head out into the surrounding area, and you will find a few green spaces that make perfect destinations.
One of the closest is the West Hollywood Park. It is just the north on the other side of Melrose Ave. This park has a 7,000 square foot park for large dogs and a 4,000 square foot separate area for smaller dogs. The surface is not natural grass, but the turf used is specially designed to stay cool. There is water there and some shade, so it is a safe and fun place to get some exercise for your dog.
To the west and on the other side of North Santa Monica Blvd. is Beverly Hills Park, a long strip of greenway, complete with a walking path. This park is within walking distance of the western end of the neighborhood and makes a great place to walk on its own.