Posted on 25 Jan, 2017
Many Aliento families include a furry, four-legged member or two. Maybe you even chose this community for its dog-friendly atmosphere and amenities. Well, you’re in luck. The Santa Clarita area also offers plenty of things for dogs and owners to enjoy together year-round. Pack up your pooch and enjoy!
Dogwood Park at Aliento. You won’t have to go far for fresh air and fun with Fido. Just trot over to Aliento’s own off-leash dog park. It will include an open area, shade, and concrete and pedestrian paths perfect for hanging out with other dogs and their humans. Dogwood Park occupies a convenient corner and plans call for a nearby trailhead connecting to the scenic Placerita Trail along the ridgeline above the valley.
Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar. This aptly-named establishment features a dog-friendly patio dining area and give dogs their own menu: complimentary water bowl, grilled hamburger or chicken with brown rice, or just brown rice. For the humans, the menu includes brick-oven pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, wok dishes and more, plus desserts, brunch and gluten-free selections.
Route 66 Classic Grill. Show up for Yappy Hour on this restaurant’s patio every Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Treats, toys and bowls of water for the dogs, and for their humans, drink specials and an extensive menu of starters, burgers, platters and more – plus classic breakfast choices agile product development.
Pup-Friendly Beaches. Everyone loves the California coast, even (or especially) dogs! Take yours to Huntington Dog Beach, a dog-friendly strand on the northern end of Huntington Beach about an hour and a half from Santa Clarita. A little closer to home, visit a designated off-leash area of Long Beach between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues along Ocean Boulevard, known as Rosie’s Dog Beach.
Golden Valley Ranch Open Space. Adjacent to Aliento, this 900-acre area offers multi-use trails through chaparral and oak woodland and along one the most prominent ridgelines in the Santa Clarita Valley. The Placerita Trail traces the ridge, with sweeping panoramas and several lookout points, great spots to rest and pull out the treats. Dogs must be on leash.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California. If you and your pup really enjoy hiking, pick up a copy of this guidebook, which includes more than 60 dog-suitable trails around Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego and Santa Barbara. Most see light traffic so your dog likely won’t be bothered by horses, bikes or motorized vehicles, and nearly half permit off-leash frolicking. Each hike description includes a “paw comfort rating” indicating whether you’ll be walking on sand, dirt, or pavement and a Trail Finder chart gives trail length; tells you which hikes include water, swimming or shade; and rates trails as “good for senior dogs” or “best for fit dogs.”
Whether you hike for miles, sit for happy hour or meet your two-and four-legged friends at the dog park, have fun and be safe. Then come home to Aliento and savor good memories made with your best friend.