Los Angeles has a hot, dry climate with rainfall mostly occurring in winter months. Temperatures are usually well above freezing and there is no need for heavy winter wear. Hot summer days can be uncomfortable for long walks and can even be dangerous if you or your dog become dehydrated. When the mercury climbs, you and your pooch may find it much more pleasant to go out earlier or later in the day to avoid the heat. Remember to take extra water for you and your pet!
West Adams is a rectangular shaped, 1.48-square mile neighborhood with borders that are somewhat soft, depending on who you ask! Generally, the West Adams neighborhood is considered to be bordered by the Santa Monica Freeway on its north side, Jefferson Boulevard on the southside, La Cienega Boulevard on the west, and Crenshaw Boulevard on the east.
There are historic homes in the area, including a row of Victorian mansions. Most of the area is comprised of detached single-family homes, although there are some low rise apartment buildings in the region. If you or your dog has mobility issues, the good news is that there are no steep hills or inclines in West Adams. Sidewalks are prevalent and provide safe, separate pedestrian ways for pets and people.
Regions of West Adams include Kinney Heights where many Craftsman-style homes are situated and the Twentieth Street Historic District is located. These historic homes create a beautiful and interesting backdrop when strolling through West Adams.
There are several small community parks in West Adams, the largest of which is the Westside Neighborhood Park, located on the west side of the neighborhood. Westside Park has basketball courts and a playground, trees, and open areas. This is a nice convenient greenway nearby for West Adams residents and their canine companions to visit.
For a larger greenway, you can take your dog to the Kenneth Hahn State Park which is just under a 20-minute drive from West Adams. This large natural area has native flora and fauna, wooded areas, grassy sections, a lily pond, and a fishing lake. Of most interest to your furry friend will be the seven miles of hiking trails. The Burke Roche trail is a 2.2-mile multi-use trail and there are several other shorter greenway trails to explore with your pet. Your dog should stay leashed in the state park and you should be prepared to clean up after them!