Dogs in the Parks

We all belong in the parks, people and animals alike.


The South Coast Wilderness is your open space, and we encourage you to explore it, to enjoy it, and to make it your own. As you visit the parks and hike or ride the trails, remember that the open space is the home to many creatures: deer, bobcat, coyotes, foxes, snakes, hawks, rabbits, woodrats, insects and native plants. When we venture off trail or allow our dogs in areas preserved for wildlife, we upset a delicate balance of plant and animal life. In addition, it’s dangerous for us and our dogs.



About Dogs in the Parks

Just as we humans are required to stay on the trails, our furry friends must do the same. Here’s why:

• Dogs are predators. Wild animals will avoid place that a dog has marked. This reduces the wildlife’s habitat and makes it more difficult to find food.
• Domestic dog scent disrupts the lives of gray foxes and coyotes, who also mark their territories.
• Dogs scare native birds, like quail, from their nests. This can cause the death of their young.
• It’s dangerous for our dogs to be off leash, off trail and where they aren’t allowed.
  • Dogs can pick up poison oak.
  • Dogs can be bitten by rattlesnakes.
  • Dogs get ticks which carry Lyme and other diseases.

Dog Friendly Trails and Parks

When visiting the parks, it’s important to keep dogs on-leash and bring them only on dog-friendly trails. A six-foot leash is required at all times, and dog waste must be picked up. Dogs are not allowed in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. In Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, dogs are allowed on the following trails:
  • Aliso Creek Bike Trail
  • Aliso Peak Trail
  • Aliso Summit Trail
  • Aswut Trail
  • Canyon Acres Trail
  • Pecten Reef Loop Trail
  • Toovet Trail
  • West Ridge Trail
  • You can download a trail map of Aliso and Wood Canyons here.
    In addition to the trails listed in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, there are many other dog-friendly options near the South Coast Wilderness, including:
    Laguna Beach Dog Park
    www.lagunabeachdogpark.com
    20612 Laguna Canyon Road
    Laguna Beach
    949-497-0706


    A Place for Paws
    Ridge Route Drive and Peralta Drive
    Laguna Woods
    949-639-0500


    Costa Mesa Bark Park
    www.costamesabarkpark.com
    890 Arlington Drive
    Costa Mesa
    949-733-4101