I grown up with dogs big and small. I use pet sit for neighbors and friends when I was 10, and I know how much dogs enjoy their walks. I currently own a pug named Olive.
Porter Ranch is situated in the scenic San Fernando Valley and offers gorgeous views of the Santa Susana Mountains. With just over 30,000 residents, this LA neighborhood is more densely populated than a lot of small towns. And, since Porter Ranch is the most affluent area in the San Fernando Valley, pooches who live here aren't just cared for -- they're pawsitively pampered!
If you're looking for a place to chow down with your hound, you'll love Porter Ranch, which is home to four Fido-friendly restaurants where you can share a meal. Be sure to stop by Zpizza, which serves a variety of delicious dishes that you and your pooch can share at the outdoor seating area.
Baja Fresh is another local favorite, and is keen on serving only the freshest foods. The diverse menu offers lots of options to satisfy even the pickiest eaters, in addition to craft brews and signature margaritas to wash it all down with. Table service isn't provided here, so you'll need to tie up your dog while you go inside to order your meal.
While Porter Ranch doesn't have much else to offer dog owners, it's located just a skip and hop from LA, so you're never far from dog-friendly fun in Porter Ranch!
Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park is a green oasis located right outside LA's famed Bel Air neighborhood, just 27 miles from Porter Ranch. This 1,500-acre park has plenty of op-paw-tunities for Fido-friendly adventure! You'll find several trails to hike here, some of which are paved while others are rocky. The park provides waste stations along the trails, but you'll need to bring your own water with you. Be sure to bring your camera, too, because you'll want to capture the breathtaking view you'll see of LA's skyline from the park! Be aware that the trails are shared with cyclists and horseback riders.
The world-famous Hollywood Hills neighborhood is home to some big-name celebrities, including Ben Affleck and Halle Berry. It's also home to the Runyon Canyon Park, which your pooch will fall head over paws for! Your pup can run and romp to his hearts' content in the huge 90-acre off-leash area. You'll also find several trails to hike which welcome leashed pooches. Bring your own water and waste bags to this pawpular park. Don't fur-get to snap a photo of the famous Hollywood sign!
Want to do a little shopping while you're gallivanting around LA? (Who doesn't?!) Head over to The Grove! This shopping center is, according to its own slogan, home to the "best shopping and dining in LA". And, considering that The Grove welcomes leashed pups to shop alongside their parents, we're inclined to agree with that! If all that shopping makes you and Fido hungry, you'll find plenty of pet-friendly eateries here where you can share a bite. Keep in mind that some breed restrictions apply, so check out the website before visiting.
Just 21 miles from Porter Ranch, you'll find Griffith Park, which is home to an observatory as well as the Los Angeles Zoo. Aside from gorgeous views of downtown LA and the Hollywood sign, you'll also find Mount Hollywood Trail here. Your pooch will need to stay leashed on this 3-mile trail. Along the trail, there are a few places to stop and rest, as well as a a restroom and a few places to grab a bite to eat. You will want to bring water with you, since there's not much shade along the trail apart from the rest stops. Griffith Park is a pawpular tourist destination, so prepare to make a few new friends while you're exploring!
Looking for the pawfect daycation destination? You'll find it at Solstice Canyon, located about 31 miles from Porter Ranch! This is a great place for you and your pooch to enjoy nature and each other's company. This hike is a little over a mile and is fairly easy as long as you take the main trail. If you veer off the main trail, the hike is much harder and rocky. There isn't much shade here, so bring plenty of water as well as supplies for cleaning up after your pooch. At the end of the trail, there is a little creek for your pup to cool off in and make a splash. This scenic trail also provides amazing views of the ocean as well as a small waterfall. Don't fur-get to bring a camera!