Area pups and their owners can enjoy walking to the amenities in the area, however, should be prepared for various weather and fluctuating temperatures from season to season. Summers are hot, and winters are cold. Warm coats and footwear will make winter walking more palatable and avoiding midday heat is advised when the mercury rises in summer. Thunderstorms in the summer should be avoided as they create hazardous conditions. Spring and fall rain can produce soggy conditions, so an umbrella and rain jacket is a good idea to help you stay dry. If your pup doesn't like to get wet, you can even get rain gear for your pet.
Hillcrest is situated on a hill and traveling out of the area on foot will mean descending and ascending an incline. The neighborhood itself has some gentle inclines but no steep slopes to trek up.
The area has separate sidewalks along residential roads bordered by grassy berms to separate them from streets. The sidewalks and berms create safe walking locations for pedestrians and pets. Wooded areas on the community's north and west side create natural treed spaces and provide shade and tranquility to adjacent homes.
Alger Park provides a well-treed greenway, centrally located in Hillcrest, that is easily accessible to people and pets in the region. Natural trails in the area can have various conditions in inclement weather, so use caution.
To the north, the Fort Circle Park Hike-Bike trail extends for 7 miles, providing enough hiking opportunity for even the most energetic pup. The trail has dirt and gravel surfaces, so conditions can vary in wet or snowy weather. The trails run through heavily wooded areas and have lots of shade to cool you down on hot days.
Hillcrest Park is located to the south a few blocks and has a recreation center, tennis courts, a sports field, a playground, and a spray park with a paved outdoor walking trail to stroll with your pup. Keep your dog leashed in area greenways and on trails and come prepared to clean up after your canine companion to be respectful to other park and trail users.