San Diego has beautiful weather, ideal for walking with your dog. Sunny, warm conditions are the norm. Some rain and overcast, foggy weather occurs in the spring. Fog can impair visibility and create a hazard for pedestrians, but usually lifts later in the day. Winters are mild with temperatures above freezing and icy conditions are rare, so inclement cold weather does not usually affect daily outings with your dog. Very hot summer days may require you to avoid walking with your pooch during the middle of the day when temperatures are high.
Wooded Area is an irregularly shaped neighborhood. Boundaries vary depending on the source, but are generally the Pacific on the west, the La Playa neighborhood on the east, Hill Street on the north, and the Point Loma Naval base on the south. The topography is hilly and dog walkers and their pets will find themselves hiking up and down some significant grades which can be strenuous in hot weather. Many neighborhood streets have separate sidewalks with colored pavers, but other residential streets have no sidewalks, which give the area a rural feel.
This is an upscale neighborhood with a variety of homes. While some homes are modest in size, there are large properties and mansions in the area as well. The neighborhood is named because it was once a heavily wooded area. It now is known for having lots of large trees, including evergreen and eucalyptus, as well as drought tolerant palm trees and is more heavily vegetated than other San Diego communities.
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is located on the west side of Wooded Area and occupies 68 acres with fifteen acres being a linear park section and about 50 acres of hillside natural area. The park is connected to the 640-acre Point Loma Ecological Reserve to the south. You can visit with your dog in the summer after 6PM and during the off-peak season after 4PM. This fantastic oceanfront park has cliffs overlooking the Pacific and is a popular location for watching the sunset with your pooch. There are sea caves and rock formations along the beach. If you’re lucky, you can view Gray Whales offshore and migrating birds are a common sight.
You and your furry friend can travel north to the Ocean Beach dog-friendly area for some off-leash fun in the water or to Fiesta Island which is 20 minutes north and provides more off-leash beach area to play with your pup.