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Dog Friendly Hikes in LA - MINDBODY
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Published Friday Sep 06, 2019 by Rachel Rhee

3 Dog-Friendly Hikes in Los Angeles

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Do you have a fur baby? I do! Her name is Tiger Lily and she’s the love of my life. While she can be stubborn and give me side-eye, she’s perfect nonetheless. One thing that always gets her in a cooperative mood is spending time outside.
 
Contrary to what we may believe, treats are not the priority for a dog. It’s movement! Just like for us humans. So, here’s a round-up of some of my favorite dog-friendly trails around LA that Tiger Lily and I love. 
 
Warm weather tip: Before embarking on any of these trails, make sure to pack your pup insulated, cold water! If it’s not insulated, by the time you get to the peak of your trail, the water can get pretty warm. Also, if you feel the weather is especially hot, put the palm of your hand on the ground. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s going to be too hot for your pup! The last thing you want to do is burn your dog’s paws. You can purchase dog shoes but I know some dogs end up feeling very uncomfortable with them on, so test it out on your dog before you commit to hiking. 

Runyon Canyon

The most LA place in all of LA, this is one of my favorite hikes to take Tiger Lily on because you get to take your dog off-leash. I’ve seen many celebrities and group fitness classes here. Parking can be a bit tricky, as the hike begins nestled in a residential area, so make sure you leave enough time to find a spot. There’s generally no issue if you plan to go early weekday mornings. There are varying trails to go on within Runyon Canyon but if you’re looking for the quickest route, there is a 1.9-mile loop where, on a clear day, you get to see views of the city.
 

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Runyon Canyon

The most LA place in all of LA, this is one of my favorite hikes to take Tiger Lily on because you get to take your dog off-leash. I’ve seen many celebrities and group fitness classes here. Parking can be a bit tricky, as the hike begins nestled in a residential area, so make sure you leave enough time to find a spot. There’s generally no issue if you plan to go early weekday mornings. There are varying trails to go on within Runyon Canyon but if you’re looking for the quickest route, there is a 1.9-mile loop where, on a clear day, you get to see views of the city.
 

Mount Hollywood

Another tried and true trail is one that involves Griffith Observatory. There are several trails leading to the observatory but I enjoy Mount Hollywood because it offers 360-degree views—including the observatory, Hollywood sign, downtown Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Mountains! I prefer starting from Western Canyon entrance as it’s a little more challenging and I like working my way up. Round trip from the Western Canyon it’s about four miles. If you prefer to start at the observatory, the trail is a little bit shorter, averaging about three miles. Surprisingly, Tiger Lily handles herself well on this trail. And of course she’s exhausted afterward, but I love seeing her sleep so peacefully after a strenuous hike. A tired pup is a happy pup, in my opinion!
 

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Mount Hollywood

Another tried and true trail is one that involves Griffith Observatory. There are several trails leading to the observatory but I enjoy Mount Hollywood because it offers 360-degree views—including the observatory, Hollywood sign, downtown Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Mountains! I prefer starting from Western Canyon entrance as it’s a little more challenging and I like working my way up. Round trip from the Western Canyon it’s about four miles. If you prefer to start at the observatory, the trail is a little bit shorter, averaging about three miles. Surprisingly, Tiger Lily handles herself well on this trail. And of course she’s exhausted afterward, but I love seeing her sleep so peacefully after a strenuous hike. A tired pup is a happy pup, in my opinion!
 

Wisdom Tree Hike

The Wisdom Tree hike is another destination to experience. It’s a three-mile out and back trail but it’s important to note, the path is very rugged. Just make sure to watch your (and your pups) step! At the tree, there is a box for visitors to leave notes. This is LA so, of course, there are business cards for networking left in there. You can leave any kind of letter you’d like, though. Show your dog a little extra admiration after the hike with a love note! 
 

In my opinion, fresh air and a little extra exercise with your furry friend is never a bad idea, no matter where you live. In case you don’t live close to any of these trails, one resource that has really helped me in identifying where to go around the city is HikeSpeak. You can search by distance, dog-friendly hikes, and location. Happy hiking!

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Wisdom Tree Hike

The Wisdom Tree hike is another destination to experience. It’s a three-mile out and back trail but it’s important to note, the path is very rugged. Just make sure to watch your (and your pups) step! At the tree, there is a box for visitors to leave notes. This is LA so, of course, there are business cards for networking left in there. You can leave any kind of letter you’d like, though. Show your dog a little extra admiration after the hike with a love note! 
 

In my opinion, fresh air and a little extra exercise with your furry friend is never a bad idea, no matter where you live. In case you don’t live close to any of these trails, one resource that has really helped me in identifying where to go around the city is HikeSpeak. You can search by distance, dog-friendly hikes, and location. Happy hiking!

Rachel Rhee
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Rachel Rhee
Wellness Blogger
About the author
A content creator for The Dimple Life and @justdimpleit, Rachel Rhee strives to inspire women to live their healthiest lives. Diagnosed with cancer in 2018, Rachel empowers women to educate themselves on the importance of living consciously - mind, body, and soul. Being well is much more than fitness and nutrition, it means being mindful of how we spend our time, what relationships we keep, and how we choose to nourish our hearts. She believes we are our strongest selves when we live with intention and help lift others up.
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Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

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I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
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Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.