Jamul is a great destination for everyone who loves the outdoors. As most dogs are at least four times as excited to go for a walk as their human is, the excitement is never ending! Before you pick up your pack and head off into the wild blue yonder, take a moment to check the local vets out. With a full service animal hospital and two private vets, no matter what pops up, your dog will be in good hands.
Speaking of the wild blue yonder, it doesn’t get wilder and bluer than the McGinty Mountain Trail. This trail is a moderate hike, as you have to gain elevation on this four mile hike. Once you’re up top, you have fantastic views of the surrounding foothills and, season permitting, a great view of the local wildflowers! Looking for something simpler? The Hollenback Canyon Trail is a moderately rated trail, but features a riverside path with plenty of places to stop and rest.
Pio Pico Campground is a dog-friendly campground perfect for staying in Jamul. A modest pet fee will allow your dog to sleep in comfort with you whether you have a tent, a camper, or an RV!
With pawsome adventures, Jamul is the perfect home base for nature based fun and exploration with your pup.
South Jamul is home to the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. This is a gorgeous slice of pure Californian beauty, and it’s a must see for anyone in the area. Bringing your dog should be no problem, as long as you’re happy to follow the rules. Since this wildlife refuge does support endangered species, all dogs have to be leashed at all times. Keep your pup on the trail whenever possible- there will still be plenty to sniff! Finally, some areas of the park are off limits, but they are clearly marked with signs at trailheads and entrances. Keep your eyes peeled for beauty and signs, and enjoy your trip!
The Steele Canyon County Park is a great park that places an emphasis on space and shade trees. Despite the neighborhood name, it’s actually directly across the border in El Cajon. This is a great place to bring a large and varied group. There are sports fields and courts, a playground, open fields, and a walking path. With something for everyone, the Steele Canyon County Park is a big hit for the entire area. Your dog may enjoy lounging in the picnic area or exploring the meadow, but he’ll love cooling down in the shade of the trees. Bring your own water bowl to be sure your dog can take advantage of the fountains!
Jamuligans is another neighborhood that straddles the line between Jamul and El Cajon. Technically, the Hilton Head County Park is across the border from Jamul in El Cajon. The difference is a one minute car ride. Skirt the splash pad (where dogs are sadly not allowed) and instead head back to explore the rest of the park. With a playground, basketball courts, sports fields, and more, this park is perfect for pawsing your hectic days. Exercise an energetic pup or enjoy some sunshine with your best friend. Take a stroll here, or pack a picnic to make it an afternoon.
Hillsdale, a neighborhood six minutes into El Cajon, is home to the Ward Dog Park! This dog park is dedicated to simple fun. With space to run and green grass to explore, what more could your dog need? Bring your own jug of water and a doggie bowl to make sure your pup doesn’t get dehydrated. You may also want to bring a couple of toys. Fetch isn’t usually as interesting to dogs as meeting new friends, but if you come at off peak hours, you might find yourself alone. A toy or two will ensure that your dog continues to run off energy!
The John F Kennedy Park in the Granite Hills neighborhood of El Cajon is a gathering place for the whole family, just eight minutes from Jamul. The city buckled down to serve this largely residential community with the addition of a small skate park section to the rest of the park. While your dog may not enjoy the half pipe, it does give you something to watch while you walk your dog! The John F Kennedy Park also has a playground and some green space for you to enjoy. Dogs have to be on leash in the park, though there isn’t technically a rule against having them pull you on a skateboard. If not here, where?