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Dog Hikes

WEB-EXCLUSIVE: If you're looking for some dog-friendly places, check out this list of parks and trails.

Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register

DOG FUN
Bring your dog to the Irvine Regional Park
Love ‘Em and Leash ‘Em event on Feb. 26
from 9 a.m. to noon for puppy activities,
guided dog hikes and dog-friendly vendors.
OC Animal Care will also have dogs available
for on-site adoption.

Our dogs are our family. We love them like our children – and treat them as such.

So for many of us dog owners, it's quite the disappointment when we can't take them everywhere we'd like. Fortunately, there are some areas in Orange County where we can spend the day with our pups and get some fresh air at the same time.

Check out this list of local dog-friendly parks and trails:

Carbon Canyon Regional Park
4442 Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea

Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (fall and winter); 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (spring and summer)
Dogs must be restrained on a six-foot leash at all times. The park includes a 1.1-mile long nature trail to the beautiful Redwood Grove.
:: 714.973.3160

Clark Regional Park
8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (fall and winter); 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (spring and summer)

The park houses land ranging from open grass to sandstone cliffs and hiking trails. Dogs must be restrained on a leash at all times.
:: 714.973.3170

Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley
Hours: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (fall and winter); 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (spring and summer)

The park includes wilderness areas surrounding hiking trails and an urban environment filled with golf courses and baseball and softball fields. Dogs must be restrained on a leash at all times.
:: 714.973.6600

Craig Regional Park
3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (fall and winter); 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (spring and summer)

Dogs must be kept on a six-foot leash and under the owner’s control at all times. Owners are responsible for cleanup. The park has a trail consisting of walkways, roads and some natural surface trails. Hikers can cover a hilly course loop of approximately 3.5 miles.
:: 714.973.3180

Harriet M. Weider Regional Park
19251 Seapoint Ave., Huntington Beach
Hours: 7 a.m.-sunset

Native plants and scenic views surround the hiking trails and walkways throughout the park. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
:: 949.923.2290

William R. Mason Regional Park
18712 University Dr., Irvine
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (fall and winter); 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (spring and summer)

The park has concrete pathways that spread throughout the vicinity. Dogs must be restrained on a leash at all times.
:: 949.923.2220

Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange
Hours: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (fall and winter); 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (spring and summer)

The park’s trails are enhanced with an overflow of trees and wildlife. Make sure to keep your dog on a six-foot leash at all times.
:: 714.973.6835

Laguna Niguel Regional Park
28241 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel
Hours: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (fall and winter); 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (spring and summer)

The hiking trails are softened with scenic views of trees and a 44-acre lake. Dogs must remain restrained on a six-foot leash at all times.
:: 949.923.2240

O’Neill Regional Park
30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd., Trabuco Canyon
Hours: 7 a.m.-sunset

Surrounded heavily by scrub oak and mountain mahogany hillsides, the hiking trails are situated between Trabuco and Live Oak Canyons. Keep in mind to restrain your dogs on a six-foot leash.
:: 949.923.2260

Quail Hill Preserve
34 Shady Canyon Dr., Irvine
Hours: Dawn-dusk

The wilderness trail is a two-mile natural surface trail at the foot of Quail Hill. Dogs must be on leash at all times.
:: 714.508.4757



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