San Carlos is a neighborhood located 20 minutes northeast of San Diego, California's central business district. This community is served by local businesses, mostly located along Navajo Road, which runs east-west through the area and features convenience stores, grocers, local eateries, and other services.
Local dog owners can visit Mountain Mike’s Pizza which allows your pup to join you at one of their two outdoor tables. Your dog will need to remain outside while you order inside. The walkability of local businesses depend on your proximity, as this is a largely residential neighborhood with natural areas.
While walking your dog in this San Diego neighborhood, be prepared for very hot temperatures in the summertime. It may be advisable to venture out for long treks early in the morning or later in the evening and make sure you have lots of water for you and your pup. Winters are colder, but still mild, and warm outerwear is not required.
There are east side and west side residential areas. Homes in the area are mostly single-family dwellings on well-landscaped properties with some apartment complexes in the area. The terrain is hilly and there are natural canyons and Cowles Mountain extending into the district, which provides rougher terrain and more prominent elevation changes. While hiking with your dog in the area, you will find yourself walking up some hills and steep grades which can be taxing in hot weather. Most residential neighborhoods have gentle slopes and sidewalks, creating separate safe walkways for you and your pup to take a neighborhood stroll.
Mission Trails Regional Park is the prominent greenway on the north side of the San Carlos neighborhood with a southern section around Lake Murray. This natural greenway has rugged terrain and just under 7,000 acres of nature preserve, making it the nation's sixth largest municipal park. The peak of Cowles Mountain is 1,592 feet high and is the highest point in San Diego. The San Diego River runs through the park and there are over 60 miles of hiking trails.
The Cowles Mountain Park Trail is a popular hike for dog owners. This three-mile trail features steep elevation changes and is not shaded, but the summit provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding area.
The Dailard Neighborhood Park is a small park with shade, seating, and a playground, as well as a water fountain you can visit with your leashed dog. The San Carlos Recreation Center and grounds has manicured lawns and recreational facilities and fields for local walks with your leashed pet.