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The Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in Poway, CA


Leash Up and Head Out – It’s Hiking Season!

The weather is getting warmer and the hills are calling so grab your pup and leash up to take advantage of some of the best hiking in Poway, California. When you make your home at Sofi Poway, you’re never more than a few miles from pet-friendly fun in the sun. Just remember to pack plenty of water and snacks for you and your pet. We love the affordable Quick Release Backpack from Outward Hound, with plenty of space for your pup to pack their own water and drinking bowl. If you’re looking for a new pack for yourself, we like the Osprey Daylite Daypack, available at REI. This light-weight, low-cost pack comes in 8 unique colors so you can be as stylish as you are prepared.

For more trail information, or to find other trails in the area and all over the world, the ever-adventuring team over at All Trails has enough information to keep you and your dog busy all year. Here are our top 3 picks for the best dog-friendly hiking trails near Poway, California.

Mount Woodson Trail

Take a trip out to Mount Woodson Trail for stunning views of the ocean and Palomar Mountain from Potato Chip Rock, one of the area’s most sought-after hiking destinations. Enjoy lake access and on-leash fun with your pup – just don’t forget to bring plenty of water for you and your dog as it can be very hot and dry in this area. Veterans of the hike recommend packing a picnic to refuel before making the descent.

Distance from Sofi Poway: 5-6 miles

Leash required: yes

Miles of trails: 7.5

Difficulty: Moderate, with some steep and narrow sections

Lake access: yes, Lake Poway

Lake Poway Loop

If you’re looking for a shorter hike with stunning views and lake access, Lake Poway Loop Trail offers fewer miles but more opportunity for recreation. On hotter days when a long dusty hike doesn’t sound like a good time, you can still get some miles on your shoes but then cool your heels in waters of Lake Poway.

Distance from Sofi Poway: 5-6 miles

Leash required: yes

Miles of trails: 2.7

Difficulty: Moderate

Lake access: yes

Iron Mountain Trail

If you’re looking for a place for the whole family to enjoy a day of hiking in Poway, CA, Iron Mountain Trail is an ideal destination. Open for horseback riding, mountain biking, and known for being a little rocky, this diverse terrain offers gorgeous views of the surrounding hills, as well as bird watching and some of the most beautiful wildflowers in the area. Snacks and water are a must-have backpack accessory for this hike, so don’t forget to pack smart to make your trip the best it can be.

Distance from Sofi Poway: 5-6 miles

Leash required: yes

Miles of trails: 5.6

Difficulty: Moderate

Lake access: no

Bring the Fun Home

We want to make it easy for Poway residents to find quality homes where their pets are not just allowed, but wholeheartedly welcome. That is why Sofi Poway is happy to offer pet-friendly apartments for rent in Poway, California. So if you’re tired of sacrificing style and amenities to find an apartment that allows dogs, contact Sofi Poway today. We can’t wait to show you what’s waiting for you here.