Park Entrance Address
8260 Mulholland Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
7 days a week from sunrise to sunset
Closed Fridays from 6am – 11am for cleaning
- The First Dog Park in Los Angeles!
- Separate Fenced Off Areas for Small & Large Dogs
- Pergola & Tree Shaded Benches
- Spectacular Canyon Scenery
- Huge, Fenced Run For Large Dogs
- Often Has Many Dogs Present
- Handicap Access Ramp
At the top of Mulholland Drive, almost hidden from view, is the entrance to Laurel Canyon Dog Park. The park sits at the bottom of a clearing within the canyon and offers spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Although there is a fenced off area for small, timid dogs – Most of the park’s 3 acre expanse is devoted to large dogs. There is also a separate children’s playground and a long ramp for older dogs and wheelchair access. The only amenities are a couple of porta-potties and a sizeable parking lot.
You’ll definitely want to bring a hat as there is not a lot of protection from the sun, beyond a large pergola and a few scattered trees along the outskirts of the park. Since this is canyon country, be careful of rattlesnakes and watch for coyotes in the early morning and evening hours. Note too, that because of the park’s obscure location in Laurel Canyon, there are no nearby stores and rush hour traffic can be intense.The one downside to this dog park is that it seems to be a favorite destination for professional dog walkers. Unruly packs are not uncommon here, particularly during weekday hours. Even if you are not a dog owner, the scenery here may be well worth the trip to view the rolling canyon hills with houses nestled on the hillsides among the trees. There are also some nearby places you can drive from here for a beautiful overlook of a the city.
Off-Leash Dog Runs
Like many of the Los Angeles dog parks, Laurel Canyon also has off-leash, fenced runs for both large and small dogs. One of the most unique things about this particular location besides the attractive views is the massive size of the large dog run that is nearly 3 acres in size. GPS tracking is recommended here, especially if your pet manages to get away from you or find a way out of the fenced enclosure. Nearby areas can have wildlife that can harm your pet, so you would need a way to find them quickly if they were lost.
There is also a much smaller fenced-off run for small and timid dogs off to one side of the park next to the playground, but this place is definitely more known for the large run and the fact that it is the original dog park in the city of Los Angeles, CA.
At the entrance to the large dog run, you may notice that there is a park maintenance notice on the fence. While the park is normally open whenever the sun is up, it does close down for maintenance on Friday mornings from 6am until 11am.
The kids playground next to the small dog run is off-limits to animals, but if your pet is in the small run then you may be able to keep an eye on them and your playing kids at the same time.
Laurel Canyon Rules, Hours & a Rattlesnake Warning
In general, the same rules should be followed at this park as any other dog park in L.A. since the Department of Recreation and Parks regulates these laws. The park itself is open from sunset until sunrise and no smoking signs are posted for the entire area. This park is very rustic, so flea and tick medication is recommend. Since it is a remote location for some people in Los Angeles, you may also want to consider dog travel accessories to ensure their safety while driving in your vehicle.
Although this is a public place maintained by the city, you should always keep in mind that this is still wilderness in the middle of the desert canyons to the east of the city. There are coyotes in this area that have been spotted here, but this is typically just early or late in the day.
The main thing that you should be vigilant about when you’re at this park is to watch out for rattlesnakes. Just recently at the end of June 2014, someone’s Siberian Husky was bit by one here in the NE side in the shrubs and dead branches. They are OK but it was a close call that ended in an expensive vet bill. For this reason, you should keep a close eye on your canine friend here and possibly even scout the area to be sure that they aren’t around when you visit. While this incident isn’t something that is very common, it is a good reminder to always be careful to be on the safe side.
Laurel Canyon Shade
Shade is one particular thing that is hard to come by out in a desert canyon. Try to bring along a hat, sunglasses and possibly sunscreen on a hot day because a decent portion of your trip here will not be shaded.
There are a number of trees in the large run that offer shade, but these trees are fairly small and unfortunately do not provide a lot of cover. Large trees can be found around some of the edges of the run, but these are also the main areas where you should be concerned about snakes hiding. You’ll often find many dogs hanging out in the corner of this park where there is a nice shade tree overlooking some pretty scenery.
A nice Pergola has been installed here more recently that has a couple of benches under it. During particular times of day, it can provide some shade, but it is still not an abundant source of it, especially in the middle of the day when the sun is overhead.