Nestled at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, Sierra Madre is a haven for pet owners. The tiny city of 10,000 people provides for the best of small town living just a short distance away from the larger urban areas of Pasadena and Arcadia. Founded as a Gold Rush settlement in 1881, Sierra Madre boasts a charming downtown area full of mom and pop stores, with community-oriented outdoor events taking place throughout the year.
Home to its own dog park and plenty of fur-friendly hiking trails, Sierra Madre truly welcomes wagging tails with open arms. There are two veterinary clinics in town, with 24-hour care available just a short drive away in Pasadena. Though you and your pooch have plenty of pawsitively excellent amenities available right in town, it’s well worth exploring a little further afield. With so many state parks right on your doorstep, you and your canine companion are always just a short drive away from some of the most stunningly beautiful natural surroundings that California has to offer!
No bones about it, Downtown Sierra Madre is beautiful, with a charming shopping area beloved by locals and visitors alike. There’s natural wonder right in the heart of the town. The Mount Wilson trail begins on E. Mira Monte Avenue. Leashed pets are welcome on the 12.5-mile loop trail, but it can get very steep -- unless you and your pup are very fit, you may want to stay at the beginning of the trail. Downtown Sierra Madre is also home to several dog friendly restaurants! You and your pooch can grab a coffee at the Bean Town Coffee House and Bakery, or a meal at Sierra Fusion, a Japanese restaurant with a pup-friendly patio set up for dogs and their owners.
While the Sierra Madre Dog Park on E. Sierra Madre Boulevard may be small, it would be a huge faux paws not to give the place a visit! While the park is not as large as the one in neighboring Pasadena, there’s still plenty of space for your furry friend to run free! The park has separate areas for large and small dogs, so your pooch can socialize with some new friends their own size. There’s plenty of shade for both pets and owners, but remember to bring your own water and toys!
A local favourite, Alice’s Dog Park is located on E. Orange Grove, in Hastings Ranch, Pasadena. It’s only a two-mile drive from Sierra Madre, and you’d be barking mad not to visit! This pawesome park provides everything for your pooch; doggie drinking fountains, poo bags and toys are all available on-site. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, and plenty of parking available, with restrooms for humans located at the entrance to the park. While your in the area, check out Togo’s Sandwiches on E. Foothill Boulevard. This excellent eatery has nine dog-friendly tables so you and your pup can refuel!