San Diego has cooperative weather for dog walkers to enjoy leisurely strolls or long hikes in the region. Summers are hot, dry, and sunny. Summertime temperatures midday can be uncomfortable for excursions on foot with your pet and you may want to schedule outings for early morning or later in the evening when temperatures abate somewhat. Winters are cool, but temperatures are still above freezing most of the time. There is more wet weather with some fog in the winter and also in the spring, however, these seasons still have plenty of sunny weather to enjoy.
Jamacha-Lomita is an irregularly shaped neighborhood with the Skyline neighborhood on the southwest side, Broadway Heights on the northwest side, the city of Lemon Grove to the north, and the Bay Freeway to the east. This neighborhood is a developed residential community which is predominately made up of single-family homes with some multi-family dwellings as well. Homes are moderate in size and are situated on well cared for and maintained properties.
There is a large valley with natural terrain and elevation changes that runs east-west through the region and separates the north and south sections of the neighborhood. The area has some elevation changes between residential sections and especially where the natural green space is located. Dog walkers and their canine companions will need to hike some hills to navigate the area.
While many residential streets have separate sidewalks for pedestrians and pets, some do not. When it is necessary to share the road with local traffic, keep your dog securely leashed.
A small neighborhood park, Lomita Park, is centrally located in the neighborhood. This greenway features an open area surrounded by trees and has a paved walking path. This nearby community park is a nice place for a visit while walking with your pup. There is also a large natural space running through the community with dirt trails, scrub sage, and a ravine with elevation changes. This is an excellent place to stroll with your pup when the trails are in good condition.
A small enclosed off-leash dog park is situated on the west side of Jamacha-Lomita. The dog park is located at the north end of Atkins Avenue, just across the tracks from Imperial Avenue. The park has a doggie waste station and you should be prepared to supervise and clean up after your pup.
Just a seven-minute drive south is the 500-acre Sweetwater Summit Regional Park which has recreational amenities, natural areas, and 15 miles of hiking trails to explore with your furry friend.