There is a lot going on in Encino. Whether you want to stroll down the famous Ventura Blvd. and take in all the sights or head up to the vast Sepulveda Recreation Area bordering the northwest corner of the community, there are plenty of places to walk. An adventurous dog might head down for its plethora of dog-related businesses. There is a place to stop for a fresh-baked treat, and every toy or leash your pooch might want. Groomers, veterinarians, and trainers are also available here.
South Encino is primarily residential, so walking is a more dedicated experience in these areas. Weather is temperate all year round, with lows rarely dipping out of the 50s and an average temperature in the mid-range. Remember to keep water with you on hotter days and to keep an eye out for hot pavement that can affect sensitive paw pads and may require some doggy boots for protection.
Like rest of the features of Encino, the terrain has something for everyone with some of the areas being very flat and others having hills enough to challenge even the most diehard walker. If you're looking for a great aerobic workout then the south part of Encino has an abundance of challenging hills to tackle. Keep in mind that you will be walking on a lot of sidewalks and some of the areas only have sidewalks on one side of the street. The availability of grass and trees that your dog can explore is minimal and most of them are on private property.
The north part of Encino is flat, but you will have to share the road with vehicles so you need to exercise caution in this area. In the northwest part of the community, there are sidewalks and grass making this a nicer place to take a stroll with your beloved furry friend.
Greenways are not a problem in Encino. Perhaps the most notable is the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area to the northeast which has a little bit of everything, including a 6.5-acre off-leash dog park and multiple trails allowing you and your best friend to get off the beaten path. You will also find picnic areas and a community garden area. Celebrities are known for frequenting the cricket and golf complexes so keep an eye out for your favorite stars while you are there.
Los Encinos State Historic Park has some green spaces but is mostly a historic site to preserve buildings build in the mid-1800s. Libbit Park is a smaller greenway which still has plenty of grass and trees to explore. Encino Park offers a nice green, shady respite from the heat just off Ventura Blvd. which is great for those who decide to stroll up the Blvd. and want to escape the hustle and bustle this busy road attracts.