Afoot and Afield Los Angeles County

We’re working our way through the 164 dog friendly hikes listed in Jerry Schad’s Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles County. Photos and blog write-up links are attached below to hikes we’ve completed. The numbers below follow the listing in the book.

Coastline: Palos Verdes Peninsula

01. Top of the Peninsula. 1.6 miles round trip. 1 hour. 350’/350’.Best year round. Easy.

Basin and Foothills: Thousand Oaks and Moorpark

01. Happy Camp Canyon. 9.4 miles round trip, out and back. 5 hours. 700’/700. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

02. Paradise Falls. 3 miles, loop. 2 hours. 400’/400’. Best year round. Moderate.

Basin and Foothills: Simi Hills

01. Sage Ranch. 2.1 miles, loop. 1 hour. 400’/400’. Best October through June. Easy.

02. Castle Peak. 1.4 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 650’/650’. Best year round. Moderate.

03. Lasky Mesa. 3.4 miles, loop. 1.5 hours. 400’/400’. Best October through May. Moderate.

04. Upper Las Virgenes Canyon. 5.4 miles, out and back. 2.5 hours. 400’/400’. Best October through June. Moderate.

05. Victory to Las Virgenes. 2.8 miles, point-to-point. 1.5 hours. 50’/450’. Best year round. Moderate.

06. Cheeseboro Canyon. 6.5 miles, loop. 3 hours. 850’/850’. Best November through May. Moderate.

08. China Flat Loop. 9.8 miles, loop.5.5 hours. 2300’/2300’. Best November through May. Moderately strenuous.

Basin and Foothills: Santa Susana Mountains

01. Hummingbird Trail. 4.5 miles, loop. 3 hours. 1150’/1150’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

02. Rocky Peak. 5.6 miles, out and back. 3 hours. 1200’/1200’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

04. Devil Canyon. 4.6 miles, out and back. 2.5 hours. 450’/450’. Best October through June. Moderate.

05. Oat Mountain. 4.6 miles, out and back. 2.5 hours. 1400’/1400’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

06. Porter Ranch Loop. 8.0 miles, loop. 3 hours. 1000’/1000’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

07. Bee Canyon 2.0 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 250’/250’. Best year round. Moderate.

08. Mission Point. 4.7 miles, loop. 3 hours. 1450’/1450’. Best November through May. Moderately strenuous.

09. Towsley Canyon/Wiley Canyon Loop. 4.8 miles, loop. 3 hours. 1400’/1400’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

10. Rice Canyon. 2.5 miles, loop. 1.5 hours. 350’/350’. Best year round. Easy.

11. East Canyon Loop. 6.5 miles, loop. 3.5 hours. 1300’/1300’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

12. Pico Canyon. 6.0 miles, loop. 3 hours. 1250’/1250’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

Basin and Foothills: Desert Getaway

01. Whitney Canyon. 2.0 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 100’/100’. Best year round. Easy.

02. Placerita Canyon. 3.6 miles, out and back. 2 hours. 400’/400’. Best year round. Moderate.

03. Los Pinetos Waterfall. 1.6 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 350’/350’. Best year round. Moderate.

04. Manzanita Peak to Los Pinetos Canyon. 7.0 miles, loop. 4 hours. 1800’/1800’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

05. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area. 2.0 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 150’/150’. Best year round. Easy.

Basin and Foothills: Glendale and Verdugo Mountains

01. Deukmejian Wilderness Park. 2.4 miles, loop. 1.5 hours. 900’/900’. Best year round. Moderate.

02. Haines Canyon. 3.4 miles, out and back. 2 hours. 1100’/1100’. Best October through June. Moderate.

03. La Tuna Traverse 9.5 miles, loop. 4.5 hours. 2050’/2050’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

04. Verdugo Peak Traverse. 5.8 miles, point-to-point. 3 hours. 1500’/1750’. Best November through April. Moderately strenuous.

05. Oakmont Loop. 2.5 miles, loop. 1.5 hours. 600’/600’. Best year round. Moderate.

06. Beaudry Loop. 5.5 miles, loop. 3 hours. 1500’/1500’. Best November through May. Moderately strenuous.

07. Vital Link Trail. 3.6 miles, out and back. 2.5 hours. 1600’/1600’. Best November through April. Moderately strenuous.

08. West Side Loop. 7.9 miles, loop. 4 hours. 2000’/2000’. Best November through April. Strenuous.

Basin and Foothills: Griffith Park

01. Mount Hollywood. 4.7 miles, loop. 2 hours. 1050’/1050’. Best October through May. Moderate.

02. Mount Lee. 3.0 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 750’/750’. Best year round. Moderate.

03. Mulholland Ridge. 3.6 miles, out and back. 2 hours. 1000’/1000’. Best year round. Moderate.

04. Beacon Hill. 2.5 miles, loop. 1.5 hours. 550’/550’. Best year round. Moderate.

05. East Side Loop. 5.9 miles, loop. 3.5 hours. 1350’/1350’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

Basin and Foothills: Hollywood Hills

01. Runyan Canyon. 2.0 miles, loop. 1 hour. 500’/500’. Best year round. Moderate.

02. Franklin Canyon. 1.8 miles, loop. 1 hour. 400’/400’. Best year round. Easy.

03. Wilacre and Coldwater Loop. 2.7 miles, loop. 1.5 hours. 500’/500’. Best year round. Moderate.

04. Coldwater to Fryman Canyon. 2.5 miles, loop. 1.5 hours. 500’/450’. Best year round. Moderate.

Basin and Foothills: Puente Hills

02. Hellman Wilderness Park. 1.8 miles, loop. 1 hour. 500’/500’. Best year round. Moderate.

03. West Skyline Loop. 4.3 miles, loop. 2.5 hours. 1100’/1100’. Best October through May. Moderate.

04. Schabarum Trail. 5.2 miles, loop. 2.5 hours. 900’/900’. Best October through May. Moderate.

Basin and Foothills: San Gabriel Valley

01. Monrovia Canyon Falls. 1.6 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 500’/500’. Best year round. Easy.

02. Ben Overturff Trail. 7.1 miles, loop. 4 hours. 2000’/2000’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

03. Fish Canyon Falls. 8.8 miles, out and back. 6 hours. 3000’/3000’. Best November through May. Strenuous.

04. Bonelli Regional Park. 7.0 miles, loop. 3.5 hours. 1050’/1050’. Best November through May. Moderately strenuous.

05. Walnut Creek. 5.0 miles, out and back. 2.5 hours. 350’/350’. Best year round. Moderate.

06. Marshall Canyon Trail. 5.0 miles, loop. 2.5 hour. 1100’/1100’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

07. Cobal Canyon Loop. 5.0 miles, loop. 2.5 hours. 900’/900’. Best November through April. Moderate.

Santa Monica Mountains: Pacific Palisades and Topanga

01. Will Rogers Park. 2.0 miles, loop. 1 hour. 350’/350’. Best year round. Easy.

03. Sullivan Canyon. 10.0 miles, loop. 4.5 hours. 1600’/1600’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

11. Summit Valley. 2.2 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 500’/500’. Best November through June. Moderate.

12. Woodland Ridge 2.2 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 500’/500’. Best year round. Moderate.

14. San Vicente Mountain. 2.0 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 400’/400’. Best October through June. Easy.

Santa Monica Mountains: Malibu Creek

05. Upper Las Virgenes View Trail. 4.0 miles, out and back. 2 hours. 650’/650’. Best October through June. Moderate.

06. Paramount Ranch. 1 to 3 miles, various routes. 0.5 to 1.5 hours. Up to 300’/300’. Best year round. Easy.

07. Peter Strauss Trail. 1.0 mile, loop. 2 hours. 200’/200’. Best year round. Easy.

08. Upper Solstice Canyon. 5.0 miles, loop. 2.5 hours. 1000’/1000’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

09. Lower Solstice Canyon. 2.4 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 350’/350’. Best year round. Easy.

10. Rising Sun and Sostomo Loop. 7.1 miles, loop. 4 hours. 2000’/2000’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

11. Corral CanyonTop of the Peninsula. 2.2 miles, loop. 1.5 hours. 500’/500’. Best year round. Moderate.

12. Escondido Canyon. 3.4 miles, out and back. 2 hours. 500’/500’. Best December through July. Moderate.

13. Piuma Overlook. 0.6 miles, out and back. 0.5 hours. 150’/150’. Best year round. Easy.

15. Saddle Peak. 3.2 miles, out and back. 2 hours. 950’/950’. Best October through July. Moderate.

16. Red Rock Canyon. 4.0 miles, out and back. 2 hours. 600’/600’. Best October through June. Moderate.

17. Calabasas Peak. 3.6 miles, round trip. 2 hours. 1000’/1000’. Best October through June. Moderate.

19. Topanga Lookout and Stunt High Loop. 6.5 miles, loop. 3.5 hours. 1800’/1800’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

20. Hondo Canyon. 3.5 miles, point to point. 2 hours. 100’/1650’. Best October through June. Moderate.

Santa Monica Mountains: Zuma Canyon

01. Lower Zuma Canyon. 2.8 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 100’/100’. Best year round. Easy.

02. Zuma Canyon and Zuma Ridge Loop. 8.0 miles, loop. 6 hours. 1700’/1700’. Best October through June. Strenuous.

03. Newton Canyon. 1.0 mile, out and back. 1 hour. 150’/150’. Best year round. Easy.

04. Rocky Oaks. 1.0 mile, loop. 0.5 hours. 150’/150’. Best year round. Easy.

Santa Monica Mountains: Arroyo Sequit and Sandstone Peak

04. Charmlee Wilderness Peak. 2.8 miles, loop. 1.5 hours. 500’/500’. Best year round. Easy.

05. Arroyo Sequit Peak. 1.2 miles, loop. 1 hour. 150’/150’. Best November through June. Easy.

06. The Grotto. 2.6 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 650’/650’. Best year round. Moderate.

07. Sandstone Peak. 5.8 miles, loop. 3.5 hours. 1400’/1400’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

Angeles Forest: Piru Creek

02. Agua Blanca Trail. 20 miles, loop. 10 hours. 500’/500’. Best November through May. Moderately strenuous.

03. Piru Creek. 21 miles, point to point. 14 hours. 400’/1300’. Best October through June. Strenuous.

Angeles Forest: Liebre Mountain and Fish Canyon

01. Liebre Mountain. 9.0 miles, point to point. 5 hours. 2100’/1900’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

02. Fish Canyon Narrows. 4.4 miles, out and back. 3.5 hours. 400’/400’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

Angeles Forest: Tujunga Canyons

01. Yerba Buena Ridge. 4.6 miles, out and back. 3 hours. 1400’/1400’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

02. Trail Canyon Falls. 3.0 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 700’/700’. Best December through May. Moderate.

03. Condor Peak and Trail Canyon. 14.0 miles, point to point. 10 hours. 4260’/4520’. Best October through May. Strenuous.

04. Mount Lukens and Grizzly Flats Loop. 12.2 miles, loop. 8 hours. 3400’/3400’. Best October through May. Strenuous.

05. Messenger Flats. 3.3 miles, loop. 2 hours. 800’/800’. Best March through November. Moderate.

Angeles Forest: Arroyo Seco and Front Range

01. El Prieto Loop. 2.4 miles, loop. 3 hours. 600’/600’. Best year round. Moderate.

02. Switzer Falls. 3.6 miles, out and back. 2 hours. 700’/700’. Best year round. Moderate.

04. Royal Gorge. 12.4 miles, out and back. 8 hours. 1600’/1600’. Best October through May. Strenuous.

05. San Gabriel Peak. 4.2 miles, out and back. 2.5 hours. 1450’/1450’. Best year round. Moderate.

06. Mount Lowe. 3.2 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 500’/500’. Best year round. Moderate.

07. Bear Canyon. 7.5 miles, point to point. 4 hours. 1000’/2800’. Best year round. Moderately strenuous.

08. Millard Canyon Falls. 1.4 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 300’/300’. Best year round. Moderate.

09. Dawn Mine Loop. 5.6 miles, loop. 3.5 hours. 1600’/1600’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

10. Upper Millard Canyon. 10.6 miles, loop. 6 hours. 2700’/2700’. Best October through May. Strenuous.

11. Mount Lowe Railway. 11.4 miles, loop. 6 hours. 2800’/2800’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

12. Inspiration Point. 6.0 miles, loop. 3.5 hours. 1500’/1500’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

13. Strawberry Peak. 6.6 miles, round trip. 4 hours. 1900’/1900’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

14. Colby Canyon to Big Tujuna. 8.4 miles, point to point. 5.5 hours. 1700’/2040’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

15. Fall Creek Trail. 5.5 miles, point to point. 2.5 hours. 1600’/1600’. Best October through June. Moderate.

Angeles Forest: Mount Wilson and Front Range

01. Santa Ana Ridge. 7.5 miles, out and back. 3.5 hours. 1350’/1350’. Best November through May. Moderately strenuous.

02. Hoegees Loop. 5.4 miles, loop. 2.5 hours. 1300’/1300’. Best year round. Moderate.

03. Sturtevant Falls. 3.4 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 700’/700’. Best year round. Moderate.

04. Mount Zion Loop. 9.4 miles, loop. 5.5 hours. 2100’/2100’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

05. Mount Wilson Loop. 13.8 miles, loop. 8 hours. 3300’/3300’. Best October through June. Strenuous.

06. Mount Wilson to Sierra Madre. 7.4 miles, point to point. 3.5 hours. 100’/4800’. Best November through May. Moderately strenuous.

07. Bailey Canyon. 1.2 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 350’/350’. Best year round. Easy.

08. Jones Peak. 7.0 miles, out and back. 4 hours. 2300’/2300’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

09. Eaton Canyon Falls. 3.4 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 400’/400’. Best year round. Moderate.

10. Henniger Flats. 5.4 miles, out and back. 3 hours. 1400’/1400’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

11. Idlehour Descent. 10.8 miles, point to point. 5.5 hours. 2100’/5300’. Best October through June. Strenuous.

12. Valley Forge and DeVore Trail. 7.6 miles, point to point. 4 hours. 1750’/2300’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

13. Angeles Crest to Chantry Flat. 11.0 miles, point to point. 7 hours. 1800’/4400’. Best October through June. Strenuous.

Angeles Forest: Charlton – Chilao Recreation Area

01. Wolf Tree Nature Trail. 0.5 miles, loop. 0.5 hours. 50’/50’. Best year round. Easy.

02. Vetter Mountain. 3.3 miles, loop. 1.5 hours. 700’/700’. Best year round. Moderate.

03. Chilao and Charlton Loop. 5.4 miles, loop. 3 hours. 800’/800’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

04. Mount Hillyer. 5.8 miles, loop. 3 hours. 1100’/1100’. Best year round. Moderately strenuous.

Angeles Forest: Crystal Lake Recreation Area

01. Lewis Falls. 0.8 miles, out and back. 0.5 hours. 300’/300’. Best year round. Easy.

02. Upper Soldier Creek. 1.4 miles, out and back. 1 hour. 250’/250’. Best year round. Moderate.

03. Crystal Lake Nature Trails. 0.5 to 1 mile per trail. Hiking time varies. Best year round. Easy to moderate.

04. Mount Islip – South Approach. 7.0 miles, out and back. 4 hours. 2200’/2200’. Best May through November. Moderately strenuous.

05. Mount Hawkins Loop. 11.5 miles, loop. 7 hours. 3400’/3400’. Best May through November. Strenuous.

Angeles Forest: San Gabriel Wilderness

01. Bear Creek Trail. 9.7 miles, point to point. 7 hours. 1100’/2800’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

02. Upper Devils Canyon. 9.8 miles, out and back. 7 hours. 2100’/2100’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

03. Lower Devils Canyon. 9.4 miles, out and back. 7 hours. 1200’/1200’. Best November through May. Strenuous.

04. Mount Waterman Trail. 7.8 miles, point to point. 4.5 hours. 1400’/2250’. Best May through November. Moderately strenuous.

05. Waterman Mountain and Twin Peaks. 11.8 miles, out and back. 7.5 hours. 4000’/4000’. Best May through November. Strenuous.

Angeles Forest: High Country and North Slope

01. Cooper Canyon Falls. 3.0 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 800’/800’. Best April through November. Moderate.

02. Cooper Canyon and Rattlesnake Trail. 6.3 miles, point to point. 3 hours. 1200’/1550’. Best April through November. Moderate.

03. Sierra Alta Nature Trail. 0.3 miles, loop. 0.25 hours. 100’/100’. Best April through November. Easy.

04. Mount Islip – North Approach. 5.6 miles, out and back. 3 hours. 1250’/1250’. Best May through November. Moderate.

05. Mount Williamsom. 3.4 miles, out and back. 2 hours. 1500’/1500’. Best April through November. Moderately strenuous.

06. Pleasant View Ridge. 10.2 miles, out and back. 8 hours. 4200’/4200’. Best May through November. Strenuous.

07. Devil’s Punchbowl Loop Trail. 1 mile, loop. 0.5 hours. 300’/300’. Best year round. Easy.

08. Devil’s Chair. 5.5 miles, point to point. 3 hours. 1200’/1400’. Best September through June. Moderate.

09. Lower Punchbowl Canyon. 2.0 miles, out and back. 1.5 hours. 400’/400’. Best October through June. Moderate.

10. Holcomb Canyon. 3.7 miles, loop. 3.5 hours. 700’/700’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

11. Burkhart Trail. 12.2 miles, point to point. 7 hours. 2000’/3700’. Best April through November. Moderately strenuous.

12. South Fork Trail. 5.2 miles, point to point. 2.5 hours. 100’/2200’. Best April through November. Moderate.

Angeles Forest: Big Pines and Sheep Mountain Wilderness

01. Big Pines Nature Trail. 0.5 miles, loop. 0.5 hours. 200’/200’. Best year round. Easy.

02. Blue Ridge Trail 4.6 miles, out and back. 2.5 hours. 1300’/1300’. Best May thorough November. Moderate.

03. Table Mountain Nature Trail. 1.0 mile, loop. 0.5 hours. 200’/200’. Best April through November. Easy.

04. Lightning Ridge Nature Trail. 0.8 miles, loop. 0.5 hours. 250’/250’. Best April through November. Easy.

05. Mount Balden-Powell Traverse. 9.2 miles, point to point. 5.5 hours. 2400’/3700’. Best May through November. Strenuous.

07. Lookout Mountain. 4.6 miles, out and back. 2.5 hours. 2300’/2300’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

08. Coldwater Canyon Truck Trail. 10.5 miles, out and back. 5 hours. 1600’/1600’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

09. Cattle Canyon. 6.0 miles, out and back. 3 hours. 700’/700’. Best September through June. Moderate.

10. Shoemaker Canyon Road. 5.5 miles, out and back. 2.5 hours. 900’/900’. Best October through May. Moderate.

11. East Fork to Bridge 9.6 miles, out and back. 4.5 hours. 1000’/1000’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

12. Down the East Fork. 14.5 miles, point to point. 11 hours. 200’/4800’. Best April through November. Strenuous.

Angeles Forest: San Antonio Canyon and Old Baldy

01. San Antonio Canyon. 3.8 miles, point to point. 2.5 hours. 100’/400’. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

03. Sunset Peak. 5.8 miles, out and back. 3 hours. 1200’/1200’. Best October through May. Moderate. Hiked 2/4/2012.

04. Bear Flat. 3.5 miles, out and back. 2 hours. 1300’/1300’. Best year round. Moderate. Hiked 3/4/2012.

05. Cucamonga Peak. 12.0 miles, out and back. 7.5 hours. 4300’/4300’. Best May through November. Strenuous.

06. San Antonio Falls. 1.2 miles, out and back. 1.0 hour. 250’/250’. Best April through July. Easy.

07. Old Baldy – East Approach. 6.4 miles, out and back. 3.5 hours. 2300’/2300’. Best May through November. Moderately strenuous.

08. Old Baldy – South Approach. 8.4 miles, out and back. 6 hours. 3900’/3900’. Best May through November. Strenuous.

Santa Catalina Island: Avalon

01. East Mountain. 8.5 miles, loop. 5 hours. 2000’/2000’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

02. Lone Tree Point. 5.5 miles, loop. 2.5 hours. 1500’/1500’. Best October through June. Moderate.

Santa Catalina Island: Two Harbors

01. Parsons Landing. 14.0 miles, out and back. 6 hours. 900’/900’. Best year round. Moderately strenuous.

02. Silver Peak and Starlight Beach. 10.5 miles, loop. 5.5 hours. 1700’/1700’. Best October through June. Moderately strenuous.

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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