Olive Hills Dog Park is a great example of what an urban dog park should be. First of all, there’s lots of Astroturf, which makes cleaning up messes easy. Second, there’s a huge peanut-shaped sand pit with little bridges to climb over. Dogs will love the doggy jungle gym they can crawl through, too. Lucky for you, this park is pretty new! However the trees are still young and small, offering insufficient shade. Give it time! Separated into areas for different sized dogs, large and small, everyone can feel comfortable and safe. Some pet parents like to take lawn chairs to relax while the dogs play. Be sure to turn on the drinking fountain for your dog to lap up. Hydration is key!
La Palma Dog Park is a special park inside of La Palma Park in the historic district of Anaheim. The human park has a football stadium, ball fields, a playground, recreation center, and picnic areas. The dog park is special because it opens at 5am. That is quite early for dog-parking, but when you've got to make a 6am call time in Hollywood, it may be your best bet. New York may have snagged the title of the city that never sleeps, but LA grabbed the moniker, ‘the city that sleeps a little bit’. Rumor has it that Angelina Jolie wakes up at 3am, makes breakfast for all 12 of her children, and then takes her dogs to this park exactly at 5am. We can’t blame her. There’s an area for large dogs and an area for small dogs, both of which are landscaped with lots of native California shrubberies. Oh, the shrubberies.
Weir Canyon Regional Park is not to be confused with Weird Canyon. There’s nothing weird about this place. It’s awesome! It’s so cool that Santiago Oaks Regional Park engulfed it out of jealousy. There are over 210 acres of uphill and downhill trails snaking along California slopes. Speaking of snakes, watch out for them! It’s important to keep dogs on leashes for this reason. Be sure to pack plenty of water and stop to rest when you and your fur-baby get too warm. The trail is fully exposed with no trees, and many hikers mention the lack of shade in their reviews. On the northeast side, there is a different access point. This is great for dogs and owners looking to share a play date with friends on the other side. If you start walking on Friday, you’ll definitely (maybe) find each other by Monday.
Need a getaway with your best bud? We know just the place. Open to humans and dogs from 7 am to sunset year round, Santiago Oaks Regional Park is absolutely gorgeous representation of Orange, California. Just outside of Anaheim, this 1,269-acre property is home to an orange grove, quiet creek, blue-green mountains, and unique wildlife. Historically loved for providing a healthy water supply, the park lent its energy to the agricultural lands surrounding it. Follow wide trails through grasses and wildflower fields, and then take Mt. Goat Trail to a lookout at the top of the park’s highest point. From there, you’ll to get a view of the region’s landscape. Over the years, landowners have purchased land bit-by-bit, creating the current park. It is what it is, and we like it that way. Chances are, you will too.
One of the most unique places in the area, Peter’s Canyon Regional Park spans four different habitats. From marshes to grasslands, riparian and scrublands, California’s natural beauty is hard to ignore. Many birds migrate through Upper Peters Canyon, a 55-acre preserve in the park totaling 340 acres. Pop your dog in the car for hiking, biking, and wildlife watching. Lookout for bobcats, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, and mule deer, but also keep your eyes up for hawk sightings. Sometimes mountain lions can be seen, but it’s quite rare. Wear full body armor just in case. Cottonwoods, sycamores, and more will provide plenty of shade for your outing, but leave enough room for the California sun to stream through the leaves and kiss your smiling faces.