Hancock Park may not be one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, but it has been around a long time and has a history that spans over 100 years. It has always been an affluent neighborhood and was once celebrity central. Today, the neighborhood still has a very upper crust feel to it in both its residential and commercial areas. Commercial areas are located along the outskirts and along Wilshire and N Larchmont Blvd. and include a wide range of different eateries and coffee shops. You will also find plenty of places within the neighborhood to find supplies for your pets which seem to be quite welcome here in Hancock Park. The area also has its own dog park at the south end of the neighborhood.
Weather here is perfect for walking almost all year around with the only barriers to getting out with your favorite pampered pooch being extreme heat in the summers and the occasional Pacific storm.
The terrain is primarily flat throughout most of Hancock Park which is good news for those who are very new to walking with their dog or those that are not interested in a power walk for health reasons. There are a few small elevation variations throughout the neighborhood, but these small changes will not hamper even the newest walker, nor will they be a problem for your elderly dog who may not have the energy they once did.
Walking along the roads of Hancock Park can be a real treat. Clean, well-maintained sidewalks along with very wide grassy shoulders and plenty of trees makes for a very pleasant urban stroll with your pup. There are plenty of places for Max to explore and most areas have ample shade. Make sure to test those sidewalks and ensure that they are not too hot before you set out. No one wants to see their furry baby burn their tender paws!
When it comes to greenways, Hancock Park did not get quite so lucky. Other than the country club, which obviously is not the place for dogs, there are only a few very small parks in the area.
Fortunately, the presence of lots of grass in the neighborhood does help to offset this. Burns Park and Harold A. Henry Park are situated along the eastside of the neighborhood to the north and southern borders. These are not destination parks, but small neighborhood parks that might make a good place to stop if you happen to be in the area.
If you are up for a drive, Wattles Garden Park is only a few blocks away in Hollywood Hills. There are trails and a stream making it a great place to go for a long stroll and you may find some challenging routes if you want to make your walk a workout.