The Arboretum Loop Trail is a fun, dog-friendly hike that's accessible for everyone! This simple loop is less than two miles long, but you'll see a lot in a short time.
This paved walking trail circles the McConnell Arboretum at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park. While dogs are not allowed in the Turtle Bay Exploration Park itself, they can walk the perimeter which allows you to see some of the amazing plants and animals it hosts.
There are two possible ways to enter the Aboretum Loop Trail. The first is via the Sundial Bridge. Take advantage of the public parking lot for Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Instead of entering the park, walk your dog a short distance down the road to the Sundial Bridge. On the far side, you'll find the Arboretum Loop Trailhead. Alternatively, you can park near the water tower on Hilltop Drive. This adds a half-mile (0.25 miles each way) extension to your loop, as you hike up and down the hill to reach the trail.
This trail is a flat, paved path that clocks in at 1.6 miles. You're going to need supportive shoes to handle walking on pavement, but there's no need to invest in hiking boots if you don't have any on hand. The trail is also wheelchair accessible from the Sundial Bridge entrance.
Whichever entrance to the trail you choose you're going to have a great view right away. The oak forest near the Sundial Bridge entrance extends to Hilltop Drive. The wetlands are another draw for the trail. They attract many species of birds, and are home to turtles as well. Keep a grip on your pup's leash so they don't run off with a new friend! The far end of the trail is the bank of the Sacramento River.
Arboretum Trail Loop will get any dog's tail wagging!