101 Hikes in Southern California

The below are 34 additional dog friendly hikes we found listed in Jerry Schad’s 101 Hikes in Southern California. (These hikes weren’t listed in either of the Afoot and Afield books we have.) Photos and blog write-up links are attached below to hikes we’ve completed. The numbers below follow the listing in the book.

Santa Monica Mountains

06. Chermlee Wilderness Park. Santa Monica Mountains. 2.8 miles. 500′ elevation differential. 1.5 hours. Best year round. 2 stars difficulty rating.

12. Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyons. Simi Hills (east of Thousand Oaks). 10.3 miles. 1200′ elevation differential. 5 hours. Best October through June. 3 stars difficulty rating.

14. Placerita Canyon. Santa Clarita. 5.0 miles round trip (to waterfall). 600′ elevation differential. 2.5 hours (round trip). Best October through June. 2 stars difficulty rating.

15. Verdugo Mountains, South End Loop. Glendale. 5.5 miles. 1500′ elevation differential. 3.5 hours. Best November through May. 3 stars difficulty rating.

San Gabriel Mountains

20. Millard Canyon. San Gabriel Mountains, above Pasadena. 5.6 miles. 1600′ elevation differential. 3.5 hours. Best October through June. 3 stars difficulty rating.

23. Santa Anita Canyon Loop. San Gabriel Mountains, above Arcadia. 9.4 miles. 2100′ elevation differential. 5.5 hours. Best October through June. 3 stars difficulty rating.

33. Fish Canyon Falls. Foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains behind Duarte. 5.0 miles. 900′ elevation differential. 2.5 hours. Best November through June. 2 stars difficulty rating.

San Bernardino Mountains

36. Cougar Crest Trail – Bertha Peak. Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino Mountains. 6.2 to 6.6 miles round trip (to Bertha Peak). 1450′ to 1600’ elevation differential. 3.0 to 3.5 hours (round trip). Best April through November. 2 stars difficulty rating/moderate.

37. Forsee Creek Trail. San Gorgonio Wilderness, San Bernardino Mountains. 12/6 miles round trip (to Trail Fork Camp). 3700′ elevation differential. 8.0 hours (round trip). Best May through November. 4 stars difficulty rating.

38. Dollar Lake. San Gorgonio Wildnerness, San Bernardino Mountains. 12.6 miles round trip. 2700′ elevation differential. 7 hours (round trip). Best May through November. 4 stars difficulty rating.

39. San Gorgonio Mountain. San Bernardino Mountains. 15.6 to 16.0 miles round trip. 5600’ to 5700′ elevation differential. 10 hours (round trip). Best April through November/late spring through early fall. 4 stars difficulty rating/extremely difficult.

40. Deep Creek. Near Hesperia; north slope of the San Bernardino Mountains. 3.8 miles round trip. 950′ elevation differential. 2.5 hours. Best March through November. 2 stars difficulty rating.

Santa Rosa Mountains

49. Tahquitz Peak. Idyllwild. 6.0 to 7.0 miles round trip. 2000′ to 2500’ elevation differential. 4 to 9.5 hours (round trip). Best April through November or late winter. 3 stars difficulty rating/difficult.

50. Toro Peak. Santa Rosa Mountains. 3.0 to 3.25 miles round trip. 800′ to 1050’ elevation differential. 1.5 hours (round trip). Best May through November, entry gate may be closed in winter due to snow or fire season. 2 stars difficulty rating/easy, but moderate elevation gain.

San Diego

64. Dripping Springs Trail. Agua Tibia Wilderness. 14.0 miles round trip (to head of Castro Canyon). 2100′ elevation differential. 8 hours (round trip). Best November through May. 4 stars difficulty rating.

67. Los Penasquitos Canyon. Northern San Diego. 6.2 miles round trip. 300′ elevation differential. 3 hours (round trip). Best year round. 2 stars difficulty rating.

68. Bernardo Mountain. Escondido. 7.2 miles round trip. 1000′ elevation differential. 3 hours (round trip). Best year round. 3 stars difficulty rating.

69. Cowles Mountain. Mission Trails Regional Park. 3.0 to 5.0 miles round trip. 950′ to 1150’ elevation differential. 2 hours (round trip). Best year round. 2 stars difficulty rating/moderate.

70. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Poway. 5.0 miles round trip. 800′ elevation differential. 2.5 hours (round trip). 2 stars difficulty rating.

71. Woodson Mountain. Poway-Ramona. 5.5 miles. 1500′ elevation differential. 3 hours. October through June. 2 stars difficulty rating.

72. Iron Mountain. Near Poway. 5.75 to 6.4 miles round trip. 1100’ to 1200′ elevation differential. 2.5 to 3.5 hours (round trip). Best October through June, very hot in summer. 2 stars difficulty rating/moderate.

73. El Capitan Open Space Preserve. Near Lakeside. 11.0 miles round trip (to saddle). 4000′ elevation differential. 6 hours (round trip). Best November through April. 4 stars difficulty rating.

75. Barker Valley. Palomar Mountains. 6.3 to 7.5 miles. 1000′ elevation differential. 4 hours (round trip). Best October through July/late fall to early spring; road closed when muddy. 3 stars difficulty rating/moderate.

76. Love Valley. Palomar Mountain. 2.0 miles round trip. 300′ elevation differential. 1.5 hours (round trip). Best November through June. 1 star difficulty rating.

77. Agua Caliente Creek. Near Warner Springs. 8.0 miles round trip. 900′ elevation differential. 4 hours. Best November through May. 3 stars difficulty rating.

78. Hot Springs Mountain. Near Warner Springs. 5.6 miles round trip. 1250′ elevation differential. 3.5 hours (round trip). Best March through November. 3 stars difficulty rating.

79. Cedar Creek Falls. West of Julian. 4.5 to 5.25 miles round trip. 1100’ to 1200′ elevation differential. 2.5 hours (round trip). Best November through June, very hot in summer. 2 stars difficulty rating/moderate.

Laguna Mountains

84. Horsethief Canyon. Pine Creek Wilderness. 3.2 miles round trip (to Pine Valley Creek). 500′ elevation differential. 2 hours (round trip). Best November through June. 2 stars difficulty rating.

85. Corte Madera Mountain. South of Pine Valley. 6.5 miles round trip. 1750′ elevation differential. 4 hours (round trip). Best November through May. 3 stars difficulty rating.

86. Cottonwood Creek Falls. Laguna Mountains. 1.8 miles round trip. 500′ elevation difference. 1 hour (round trip). Best December through June. 2 stars difficulty rating.

87. Noble Canyon Trail. Laguna Mountains. 10.0 miles. 650′/2400′ elevation gain/loss. 5 hours. Best October through June. 3 stars difficulty rating.

88. Oasis Spring. Laguna Mountains. 2.0 miles round trip. 300′ elevation differential. 1 hour (round trip). Best year round. 1 star difficulty rating.

89. Garnet Peak. Laguna Mountains. 2.4 miles round trip. 500′ elevation differential. 1.5  hours (round trip). Best year round. 2 stars difficulty rating.

90. Sunset Trail. 7.2 miles. 700′ elevation differential. 4 hours. Best September through June. 3 stars difficulty rating.

Have you hiked some of these with your dog(s)? How were they?! Which hikes are we missing? Which of these should we prioritize?

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