Residents and their pets can head north to the Scripps Poway Parkway to reach a commercial area where they can access a large chain pet supply store, a veterinarian, a pharmacy, restaurants, shops, and other services. Although only seven minutes by vehicle, it is a 40-minute walk using streets with sidewalks to reach this area.
San Diego has beautiful weather for walking most of the year with warm temperatures and sunny conditions. Some rain occurs in the spring and winter temperatures are cooler, but still well above the freezing mark. Summers can be uncomfortably hot. Avoid the heat by taking your dog out earlier in the day and make sure you and your pup have lots of water for long hikes!
Scripps Highlands is surrounded by natural terrain on the west, north, and south, with more residential homes to the east. This is a newer neighborhood with the area undergoing development initially in 2001. Dwellings are single-family detached homes that are high end with beautifully landscaped and maintained properties. Trees, gardens, and landscape features make the district attractive for walking. The hillside across from the homes on the lower elevations, is planted with natural and cultivated flowers and plantings and is very pretty.
Residential streets have separate sidewalks for people and pets to use when walking in the neighborhood. However, the surrounding topography has elevation changes as Scripps Highlands is built into a hillside. Streets have inclines and people and pets with mobility issues may find this region difficult to walk around. Sticking to residential streets that are less steep than the surrounding natural terrain make for easier walking.
The natural areas in and around Scripps Highlands provide plenty of greenways for area canines to explore. Natural trails over the hills can be treacherous during wet weather and local critters like rattlesnakes pose a hazard. Keep your dog leashed and watch the trail when hiking in greenways surrounding the neighborhood.
For some off-leash fun, you can visit the Meanley Open Dog Park. It is a 10-minute drive to the south. This park is not enclosed, however, so your pooch should have good recall to enjoy playing in the area safely.
A 30-minute walk to the south will take you to Lake Miramar and the greenways and trails associated with this waterway. A five-mile hiking trail encircles the water, making a great place for a stroll with your dog. There is plenty of beautiful natural terrain around the lake and some developed green spaces. Nearby, Miramar Overlook Park has some recreation facilities and the natural terrain around the lake is referred to as Natalie Park.