Griffith Park is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Its 4,000 acres house a golf course, athletic fields, trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, an observatory, zoo and more. Leashed pups are welcome in most areas of the park, but for canine fun and frolic, the Griffith Park Dog Park is a place you and your pooch should sniff out!
This off-leash run is a pawrfect size for running at top speed and play, and its dirt and grass surface is easy on the paw pads. It boasts a small/timid dog area, and both runs are equipped with safety-ensuring double gates. While your pup needs to be leashed to and from the ample parking area, no leashes are permitted inside the play area. Food and treats, both human and pup, are also prohibited. Other typical dog park rules apply, like up to date vaccinations, no females in heat, etc.
The park offers amenities for parents, including shaded benches, picnic tables, and a porta-potty right outside the gate. While there's no water available for human consumption, there's plenty of the cold, wet stuff for doggos. The water bowls under the spigot sit on raised, drained platforms to prevent muddy puddles - furtastic!
Toys are welcome, and you and Fido will find many sticks for fetching and tug-o'-war. Waste bags and trash containers are available, along with pooper scoopers, so there's no excuse for not cleaning up after your fur-baby.
Unlike some dog parks in LA, this one is laid back and low key, and is seldom crowded, although professional walkers sometimes arrive in the afternoons with a carload of pups. The Griffith Park trails await anyone who wants a hike, but it's important to keep in mind that much of the park is wilderness,and wildlife like mountain lions have been seen from time to time. Be cautious and keep Fido firmly leashed. Keep in mind that the park is closed Tuesdays from 6:00 am to 10:00 am for regular maintenance.
With so much on offer at Griffith Park, a furbulous off-leash park is just icing on the doggy cake!