University Hills is a residential and university district on the eastern side of Los Angeles, California. This neighborhood is home to the California State University Campus and several public schools including an elementary, middle and high school. The university campus contains commercial businesses and restaurants, servicing students and locals, and there is a commercial area along Valley Boulevard that runs along the northern border of the community, which has many business and services for area residents to access.
University Hills is home to many families and students of the University residing in single family homes and university housing complexes as well as multi-unit buildings in the area. Walking is common in this neighborhood for students accessing the university and associated services, or for families with children traveling to and from areas schools and services. The weather in sunny California is usually cooperative for on-foot travel, with few rainy days and lots of clear, warm days year round. Winter can be cooler, but is still very temperate, with little need for excessive outdoor clothing.
True to its name, University Hills is very hilly. There are plenty of changes in elevation, steep pedestrian ways, and steep roadways to negotiate, whether in a vehicle, or on foot. Roads are often twisting and turning, which makes for interesting walking with different views around every corner from elevated properties, however, walking can be strenuous. There are several areas, especially near the university, where walkways feature stairs to negotiate changes in elevation. Make sure you and your dog are prepared for the route you take and ready for some climbs in this community. Also, not all residential areas have sidewalks separate from roadways. If you have to share routes with vehicles, make sure you walk facing oncoming traffic, keep your dog leashed, and towards the shoulder of the road, and keep an eye out on winding hilly roads, as vehicles do not always have a good view of pedestrians and their pets.
Although there are some open, undeveloped spaces in the area, other areas feature densely packed houses on winding roads, with mature trees that provide shade and interest but block sightlines from driveways and for area motorists so be extra careful. The university campus features some beautiful grounds and plenty of large complexes and buildings associated with this institution.
There are several greenways along the border of the California State University Campus to enjoy with your dog on-leash. Because of the varied terrain, there are some natural and undeveloped areas between residences and other developments that may be accessible for local pet owners to enjoy hikes with their dog. Terrain will be uneven and steep in these areas, and you should watch out for local critters that make these undeveloped areas home and can be a hazard, especially to off-leash dogs. Also, check with local residents to ensure you are not trespassing on private property, invading privacy, or presenting a hazard, as steep natural areas can overlook private residences, and ground can be unstable if rain has occurred recently.