Rancho Palos Verdes is a beautiful suburb in Los Angeles County, located on top of the Palos Verdes hills. Rancho Palos Verdes is known for its large areas of open space and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Translated, Rancho Palos Verdes means “Rancho of Green Sticks" which is a refernce to the willows that grow in the northeastern part of the town.
Rancho Palos Verdes is filled with many big beautiful parks that you and your pup will love to check out. Be sure to stop by Hesse Community Park which offers gorgeous open fields for running, and a great walking trail around it. If your dog is more of a hiker, there 10 great trails the two of you can work a up a sweat on. Check out the Filiorum Reserve which has some pawsome trails your dog will love to visit. Rancho Palos Verdes also has four wonderful veterinary clinics that your dog can visit for a checkup or emergency.
If you and your pup are just passing through Rancho Palos Verdes, stay at the great dog-friendly hotels that the town has to offer. Terranea Resort and Casa Grande Redondela are just a few of the hotels that you can stay at with your dog.
The Lunada Canyon Trail is the perfect place to take a hike with your pup. The trail is only .95 miles long, but it gives you a beautiful view of the peninsula. After reaching the end of the hike, you can decide to go further and make it a 1.9 mile hike, or turn around and continue back the way you came for a smaller hike. If your dog isn’t up for hiking, then check out Fred Hesse Junior Community Park. This park is one of the more popular parks in the city that has a lot of open green space and a nice walking path throughout it. Your dog is more than welcome to join you in the park, just keep him on leash.
The Alta Vicente Reserve is a 55 acre stretch of land that wraps around the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall. The reserve has a trail that takes you past the Battery Barnes bunker, which was constructed in 1942 to protect the North against the Catalina channel and held artillery for Rancho Palos Verdes. Walking the trail will give you an amazing view of the ocean. If you get hungry after your hike, check out the two eateries located right by Alta Vicente Reserve. Nelson’s Restaurant is a casual joint that serves surf and turf and is known for their desserts. Nearby, Asaka serves traditional Japanese cuisine, including sushi. Both restaurants have an outdoor patio that is dog-friendly.
The Forrestal Nature Reserve is a fun spot to take your pup for a great day of exploring and exercising. The reserve is 155-acres and has some of the best native wildlife habitats that Rancho Palos Verdes has to offer. While visiting the reserve, your dog needs to stay on leash. Be aware of the cyclists and the snakes that live on the reserve, such as rattlesnakes. The hike can get steep, so make sure your dog is well equipped for it. Also, always remember to bring fresh water to keep your dog hydrated and clean-up after your pooch. If you want to explore more, this trail connects to the Portuguese Bend Reserve.
San Pedro is ten minutes away from Rancho Palos Verdes, and is home to the Knoll Hill Off-Leash Dog Park. This dogtastic park is the perfect fenced in park to let your dog off-leash to run around and play. The park is separated by large and small breeds, which makes it easier for all dogs to have a good time. The park offers benches and chairs to sit on and a dog run to help get your dog accustomed to other dogs. Make sure to bring water and clean-up bags. Locals love this park because it is always well maintained with a well mannered dog community.
About five minutes out of Rancho Palos Verdes is Rolling Hills and the George F. Canyon Preserve. This preserve is on 36-acres of nature trail, and passes through the canyons on the Peninsula. The preserve is a great place to take Fido for a fun hike, and there is even a stream that he can jump into. The trail is an easy 2-miles and mainly flat for you and your pup to enjoy. Usually frequented by horses, the trail can get busy so be aware. Remember to bring water for your dog while hiking and to always clean-up after him.