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Best Orange County Hikes With Dogs

Best Orange County Hikes With Dogs


Orange County is home to hundreds of miles of great trails and hikes you can do with dogs. There’s everything from mountains to beaches, and this guide has some dog owner’s favorites. You can see a complete list of all hikes for dogs in Orange County here, but these are the top picks.

If you’re new to hiking with a dog in Orange County, here are two quick tips.

Quail Hill Loop

Turtle Hill Trail

Distance: 2 Miles

The short and easy Quail Hill Loop is the only Orange County Natural Landmark that allows dogs (leashed) and is conveniently located just off of the 405. There are bathrooms, trash cans, water, and plenty of parking at the trailhead. The trail is wide and easy to pass others.

Top of the World Hike

Top Of The World Hike Laguna Beach

Distance: 2.5 Miles

If you have a dog with a ton of energy, doing the climb up to Top of the World is just the trick. The short but steep climb is easy to follow and offers some incredible views for the humans involved. The trail is wide, and there are trash cans at the trailhead and midway point.

Peters Canyon

Peters Canyon Update

Distance: 5.9 Miles or Less

The trails of Peters Canyon Regional Park are popular with dog owners for good reason. There are miles of trails and it’s easy to create a route to suit your needs. The full park loop is 5.9 miles and has bathrooms and trash cans at the midway point. The trails are wide and there is a variety of climbs from steep, to rolling, to gradual.

Black Star Canyon

black star canyon hike to the falls

Distance: 7.1 miles

If you have a dog that likes to explore and loves the water, the second half of the Black Star Canyon hike is for you. The first half goes along wide dirt paths, but then is a “choose your own adventure” up along the stream. There are some rocks on the path and most dog owners use booties here. There’s also some bigger rocks that dogs have to jump up, but I’ve seen many dogs do it. If you have a small dog, you may have to carry it up some sections. At the end there’s a waterfall and pool where your dog can splash around.

Bedford Peak

Hike the Bedford Peak Trail

Distance: 7.2 Miles

Bedford Peak is a nice mountain hike to do with a dog. The trail is easy to follow, there are not too many crowds here, and you get to bag a summit in the process. This dog hike is more of a single-track trail than a wide fire road, so if you’re looking for more of a “hike hike” with your dog, Bedford Peak is a good option.

Check out all my dog-friendly hikes in Orange County here.

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