Originally a town created after the San Franscisco earthquake in 1906, El Cerrito has grown into a busy little city in Contra Costa County. The name El Cerrito means ‘little hill,’ and locals and visitors love to head to the high parts of the city to admire the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and bay area. For dog lovers, there are six veterinary clinics and animal hospitals in case of emergency.
For dogs that love to explore the outdoors, El Cerrito is a city that doesn’t disappoint! At Alvarado Park, you can bring your pup to enjoy the green grass and trees that offer new surroundings to investigate. At this ancient Indian village site, there are also sniff-tastic trails you can hike that boast amazing views, as long as your dog is on leash. Located just beside Alvarado Park, you will also find the massive Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. This is a pawsome place to spend the day, with lush green surroundings throughout the year. Dogs are welcome to walk the trails in the park and are permitted to be off leash in certain open spaces, as long as they have learned good recall.
So, pack your bags with water and treats and head for the hills of El Cerrito with your furry friend!
To go on an adventure with your furry friend, why not join the Ohlone Greenway? This old railway track was named after the Ohlone Indians and has been turned into a sniff-tastic trail, passing through plenty of parks and greenery along its 5.3 mile route. This makes it puptastic for you and your dog to exercise and burn some energy! There are also many benches along the route in case you get tired, or your panting pup could do with some water that yu have brought. Since bikes can use this trail, it is best to keep your dog on leash when you are on Ohlone Greenway. This will make sure everyone has a pawsome time in the Californian sun!
There is nothing better than a freshly brewed coffee to start your day right. But, it can sometimes be difficult to find dog friendly places to go when you are out on a dog walk. In Richmond View Garden, you can visit Catahoula Coffee Company & Roastery and enjoy the best of both worlds! This pawsome and award-winning place roasts their own beans to make their coffee and your dog is welcome to join you. You will even notice that this coffee shop is named after the owner’s favorite dog breed and the coffee bags feature Mocha his own pup – bone-a-petit!
In this neighborhood, you can visit some parks to tire your pup out for the journey home! Tiller Park is a three acre neighborhood park, which has plenty of green grass for your pup to play fetch with his favorite toys. There is also fun for all the family at Poinsett Park, with basketball courts, a playground and picnic areas. This sniff-tastic park has plenty of trees and grass that your furry friend can enjoy and detect new scents. Since these are furiendly neighborhood parks, it is best to keep your dog on their leash to make sure everyone has a great time together.
When you are in the puptown of El Cerrito, don’t miss out on the Hillside Natural Area. This beautiful 80 acre park is truly a hidden gem, offering a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here you will find sniff-tastic trails through the woods, with oak and eucalyptus forests that your dog will love to investigate. You can even enjoy stunning views of the Bay area and San Francisco from one of the benches located at the peaks of the park. Since you are out in the woodlands and creeks at the Hillside Natural Area, be sure to pack a bag and bring some water and a treat for your furry friend.
If your pup likes to ruff it, then head to Albany Hill Park! This is a beautiful park with plenty of scenic views you can enjoy and pawsome historic sites. Your furry friend is sure to love exploring the snifftastic trails, as well as the smell of eucalyptus. While all dogs are welcome at Albany Hill Park, it is best for them to remain on leash since there can be wildlife living here. Once you have worked up an appetite, you can visit Chipotle Mexican Grill for all the burritos and tacos you can eat! This restaurant is dog friendly, and offers six outdoor tables where you and your pup can sit back and relax in the sunshine.