La Puente, California is located east of downtown Los Angeles. In the late 1700’s, explorers had to build a bridge to cross the San Gabriel River, and eventually founded a settlement in the area. "Puente" is the Spanish word for bridge, which is how La Puente earned its name.
La Puente is a small, historic, and dog-loving town! There are two dog-friendly restaurants here, both of which serve burgers and other American cuisine. The first one is Jim’s Burgers, and they have a few tables outside for you and your canine friend to relax and eat together. The second one is In-N-Out Burger, a fast food favorite for Cali dogs and their owners. You'll find ten outdoor tables to accommodate you and your pooch. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash at both establishments, and bring along a water bowl.
La Puente, California doesn't have a lot of other activities or amenities for your pup to enjoy, but you'll find many more Fido-friendly places, including beaches, parks, and trails, just a short drive out of town.
This puptastic neighborhood is located 32 miles from La Puente, California and is home to the incredibly pawpular Rosie’s Dog Beach. This beach has two sections: one on-leash and one off-leash. Be sure to pay attention to the signage regarding leash rules. There is plenty of parking nearby -- some is free, but most is metered parking. You will need to bring the essentials with you, such as extra water, something for shade, towels, and supplies for cleaning up after your canine pal. The water is easy to enter and the sand is soft for puppy paws. Once you and your pooch visit this beach, you will not want to leave!
LA's Echo Park neighborhood is located 20 miles away from La Puente. Here, you'll find the world-famous Dodger Stadium, but the real dog-friendly gem here is Elysian Park. This park covers 570 acres of land which your canine pal will love sniffing around and exploring! You will need to keep Fido on their leash while you are visiting, and you will want to bring along extra water and doggie waste bags since these aren't provided here. There are trees for shade and the dirt-covered trails will give you a glimpse of so many beautiful views. Put on your walking shoes and get ready for a grand adventure at this park!
Alice's Dog Park is 23 miles from La Puente, but the off-leash freedom waiting for canine companion here is well worth the short drive. There are 2.5 acres of fenced land for your pawesome pal to explore with his new buddies. Large and small breeds have separate sections to play with pups their own size. The trees provide adequate shade, and there is plenty of seating available. The soft grass here is herbicide-free, which is an added bonus for your pup's safety. Something to keep in mind is that your pooch needs to be current on vaccinations and also you will need to provide proof of a dog license.
Hermon Dog Park is located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, almost exactly between downtown LA and Pasadena. There are two areas for different sized dogs here, both of which are fully fenced for every pup's safety. The hours are from dawn until dusk every day. There are plenty of trees for shade, as well as plenty of seating. You will need to bring supplies for cleaning up after your pooch and extra water for yourself, but the park provides water dispensers for the canine friends. This park will be a blast! Don’t forget to bring Fido's ball for a fun game of fetch at this park.
If you and your pooch are looking to get in a great hike, the Rio Hondo River Trail is the pawfect place to do it! This is a Rails-to-Trails effort; the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy takes old railways and turns them into beautiful hiking trails. This paved trail stretches just over 17 miles through several neighborhoods, and is a pawpular spot for hikers. There are some trees along the way for shade, but you will want to bring extra water and doggy waste bags for cleaning up. Grab your pup’s leash and head out to see how far you can get on this trail!