Lake Forest, California became an incorporated city in Orange County in 1991 in southern California. The city gets its name from the two lakes in town, Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club and Sun and Sail Club. The Forest portion of the name is the large group of Eucalyptus trees by Ridge Route, Serrano, and Geronimo Roads. Almost 11,000 households have at least one dog, and there are an estimated 17,355 dogs in town. This means there are many dog-friendly places in Lake Forest, so bring Fido when you visit.
Barker Ranch Dog Park on the Baffin Bay is a gorgeous new off-leash park built at the request of the community. There are separate entrances and play yards for big and small dogs, water fountains, benches, fencing, shade, and some dog toys and play equipment. This is a favorite for the locals and is always full of fun-loving fur balls.
Irvine Central on Oak Canyon Road is another favorite pooch hangout. Great stadium lighting to play in the dark, water and water bowls, lots of tennis balls, clean benches, shade, free doggy doo disposal bags, and separated large and small dog areas.
Mission Viejo Dog Park on Felipe Road is amazing and has the most gorgeous views for a dog park. Huge open spaces with tons of seating everywhere, lighting, shaded benches and chairs, balls everywhere, art sculptures, play equipment, and of course, there is a separate area for small pups too. Several water fountains and a “time out” area for the pooches that are having a bad day.
Jump in the car, roll the windows down, and head 23 miles from Lake Forest to San Clemente. This is where you will find San Onofre State Beach. This is a dog-friendly beach where your fur baby can catch some waves and sun. The two separate walking trails offer lots of different trees to bark at. When you are all done, the convenient washing station makes sure you get all the sand off your pal’s paws before you hop in the car for the ride home. Just don’t forget your leash for the trails. The beach has an off-leash area but beware of the undertow.
Grab your shoes and a leash, because Rails to Trails has come to California. Just a quick 15-minute trip from Lake Forest to Irvine puts you at Shady Canyon Trail Loop where the team behind Rail to Trails has turned the historic path into a serene scene. These trails offer winding paths that have plenty of furrific adventures just around the bend. You’ll enjoy the breathtaking views while your canine companion has a nice sniff. This picture-perfect scenery makes it a great get away. Don’t forget to bring the leash, a sense of adventure, and your camera for all those barktastic moments.
A 20-minute trip from Lake Forest to Laguna Beach will bring you to Laguna Beach Dog Park. This is a furtastic dog park that has two separate fenced-in spaces for dogs of different sizes. There is plenty of room to run, play, and even play fetch in each area. Don’t forget to bring a ball, Frisbee, or your pawesome pal’s favorite toy. Bring a leash and take a quick stroll down the trail with Fido and you will come to a quiet beach spot. Contemplate the beauty of nature, or get down and dirty in the sand. Just be aware that the park is closed on Wednesdays to allow for maintenance.