Now is the time to lace up your hiking shoes and pack up your pup, and jump on the Santa Rosa Loop Trail! Located in Wildwood Park in the city of Thousand Oaks, California, this pup-friendly hiking trail is the perfect outing to take Fido for a lovely walk any day of the week.
To access this puptastic trail, take the Mesa Trail that begins at the park's entrance and follow this until you reach the Santa Rosa Loop. The loop traverses through scenic areas and is mostly made up of scrub brush along either side of the path. The trail is a natural surface which can become muddy after a heavy rain. This shared trail offers a quality outdoor adventure for hikers, runners, bicyclists and horses. It is advised to keep your pawtastic pup on leash throughout this 6.5-mile journey.
You will be hiking along the Mountclef Ridge overlooking the Santa Rosa Valley and views of the Topatopa Mountains. In the distance, point out the Santa Monica Mountains to Fido and be sure to use them as a backdrop for a fur-ever photo with your pup!
The trail itself is considered moderate for most fitness levels. There are some significant uphill climbs and downhill treks, so this is not a recommended trail for elderly pups. However, the younger, more fit pups, should have no trouble at all. Be sure to pack plenty of bottled water and snacks for your hike. Restrooms can be used at the park itself, before you arrive at the trailhead.
The wildflowers are abundant here, but remember to take memories with you and not these beauties, so everyone can enjoy. Plenty of directional signs are posted along the way. Just stay on the path and you will end where you began!
Thousand Oaks is your stop for a pawtastic hike in sunny California!