Warm, dry, sunny San Diego weather is ideal for walking throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and may necessitate taking your daily walk with your dog during the cooler parts of the day or shortening your trips. Winters are mild, and freezing temperatures are very rare, so you don't need to bundle up to take your dog out. Rain and overcast conditions are more common in spring than the rest of the year, but are usually of short duration and do not hamper dog walkers and their furry friends as temperatures are warm and heavy rain and storms are uncommon.
Penn Station is a sub-district of Hillcrest that is located east of the Cabrillo Freeway, north of Balboa Park, and south of University Avenue. A finger of Balboa Park extends into the area providing rough, undeveloped natural terrain with elevation changes.
Most of the developed area is fairly level with no steep hills to trek up and down. Streets in the Penn Station district have safe, separate sidewalks for you and your dog to saunter down and many feature colored pavers which add interest to the area.
Homes in the district consist of low rise apartment buildings and single-family detached dwellings featuring a variety of different architectural styles. The neighborhood is well landscaped with traditional and drought tolerant plants and trees. Towering palm trees are a common sight. The freeway on the west side creates an impediment to foot traffic that should only be crossed where pedestrian ways exist on roads crossing over the freeway.
Nates Dog Park is an enclosed dog park where your dog can safely play off-leash.The Morley Field Dog Park and the Grape Street Dog Park are other large off-leash areas.There are paths, agility obstacles, and amenities like doggie water supplies and waste bags available. You must clean up after your pet and should make sure your dog is licensed and vaccinated before visiting the dog parks.