West Hills has a little bit of everything, from affluent residential areas to commercial businesses and plenty of parks and green spaces, there is plenty to see and do as you go on your daily walks. It is surrounded on three sides with mountains, foothills, and canyons, making the perfect blend of busy city environments and the ability to get away into the solitude of the hills for the people and their dogs who live here. A walk around this neighborhood will yield plenty of eateries and stores where you can get treats for your canine companion. Pet supply stores, veterinarians, and groomers are all available in several locations throughout this community.
Weather will often be your best friend if you are an avid dog walker as it has a tendency to be mild with an average temperature in the 60s. Rain can be an issue, but there will be far more days where walking will be possible than not.
The terrain in West Hills is mixed. Nestled in between several areas of hills to the west, north, and south, there are some areas that do have hills, but also a fair amount of the neighborhood is flat as well. This is good news for dog walkers because it allows them to choose what sort of terrain they and their four-legged friend are best suited for. From completely flat to serious hiking, you will have access to any sort of elevation and surface you could possibly ask for.
In most of the housing areas, you will find a sidewalk on at least one side of the road. Some of them have patches of grass and trees but this varies from community to community within West Hills. On the west side of the neighborhood, there is access to a trailhead that takes you out into the hills if you have had enough of concrete.
West Hills has access to a number of greenways both within its borders and just outside of them. You have a wide range of choices from city-style parks to trails out in the middle of nowhere. The most notable parks include Lazy J. Ranch Park which offers wide spaces for you to give your dog a bit more leash to run and Four Oaks Park in the eastern part of the community which has some huge old oaks to rest next to and a place for children to play.
There are too many parks to list in this neighborhood but perhaps one of the most important for you to check out is the El Escorpion and Bell Canyon Parks which are both part of the very large greenway to the east. With multiple trails, beautiful vistas, and a chance to really get out in nature, this might be one of the best destinations for walkers in the area.