Mountain View is well-known for its technology and this is where the term “Silicon Valley” began. It is also the headquarters of tech giants, Google and Mozilla. Mountain View is also known for its mild climate with temperatures in the 60s and 70s on average. It should also be known for its love of dogs because there are almost 17,000 living there.
Berry Creek Falls Loop at Big Basin Redwoods State Park is an excellent place to enjoy the outdoors and do some hiking. There are several trails here from easy to difficult and there are places along the way you can turn off. But if you keep on the trail for the full 11 miles and 1,000-foot elevation you will see gorgeous waterfalls and giant Redwoods like you have never seen. The Golden Cascade and the Silver Falls are the most amazing falls in California. Be sure to bring a camera.
Pearson-Arastradero Preserve has seven trails that range from a half mile to almost three miles, and most are easy to moderate skill levels. Arastradero Creek Trail is for the more experienced hiker and requires hiking shoes, but it is worth it as you climb up through the woodlands by the Sobey Pond and Arastradero Creek on a 20% slope to see the best valley views in California.
If you're interested in dog specific park for Fido, check out Village Green Dog Park or Shoreline Dog Park, which are a few local favorites. Shoreline Dog Park has a huge area for Fido to run around, a great water fountain, and if you really want to stretch the exercise, there are nearby hikes and convenient parking. Village Green is great, but it's important to note that smaller dogs may have a tough time as there is no separate space for large or big breeds. Village Green hosts breed meet-ups, most recently a Frenchie meet-up and Corgi. It's a great time and it's almost guaranteed that Rover will love it!
The best thing to being said about Shoreline Dog Park is that they remember the little guy. While most parks do designate a space for the little pups, this dog park makes sure that they know how well loved they are. The small dog area is separated by a fence, but they have just as much room on the larger side. They have their own water station, clean up station, and benches. You will also find that there are often balls and toys for them as well. So go let Fido make some new friends and enjoy the fresh air!
The Cuesta Park neighborhood is named after the vast Cuesta Park, the perfect day get-away spot for anyone in the Mountain View area. You will need to keep your canine companion leashed, but there’s a lot to do, so you won’t mind. Enjoy the scenery and take a nature walk with your best pal on all the open trails. There are lots of trees to bark at. Your mini humans will enjoy running and playing in the play areas, too. Of course, you could pack a picnic and find a peaceful area to enjoy lunch. No matter what you decide to do, you will enjoy the views and exercise the trails have to offer, while Fido will enjoy all the new sights and smells.
If you are looking for a little more to do with your human, take a trip to Butcher Dog Park in San Jose. It is just about 15 miles from Mountain View. Here you will find a large play area where you let Fido off his leash so he can stretch his legs in a good game of fetch. There are a ton of added extras for your comfort, including shaded sitting areas to rest after a long day of play, water fountains for pups and people, and multiple clean-up stations. The area is covered in mulch and astroturf, which means your dog can play to his heart’s content without getting down and dirty.
Reed Street dog park is a 1.5-acre park located in Santa Clara, which is ten miles from Mountain View. Your canine companion has an acre and a half of grassy mounds and flat ground to explore and enjoy. Your pawesome pal is sure to find a new fur buddy or two while you relax on the benches in the shade. What could be better on a hot California day? Be sure to bring your own toys to play with as they are not provided. There are water fountains with fresh water available to you and your pup. This is really is a great place where you can find a new adventure everyday.
If you drive ten miles outside of Mountain View, you will come to Campbell. Campbell is the home of Los Gatos Dog Park. This is a large dog park that is separated into two designated areas. The smaller dog enclosure has a height maximum but the larger one does not. You will find cleaning stations with pooper scoopers, water areas, and plenty of seating so you can relax and watch your fur baby play. No need to worry about getting dirty, since the grounds are covered in Astroturf. There is metered parking close by or you can take a long walk to get to the free parking areas.