Tour de Balboa Park and dog park social

Balboa Park has so much to offer that most people don’t realize there is a playland especially designed for dogs.

We're going to start with a tour of Balboa Park starting with Trail #5 then heading to Hillicrest, back to Downtown, then through the Florida Canyon, ending at the dog park in Balboa. This will be about an 8 mile loop, but I can give you short cuts for those not wanting to go that far. This will be a great way to work off all the Thanksgiving cooking and give the dogs some exercise and playtime! After the tour will cut the dogs loose at the dog park so they can cut loose! If you just want to meet at the dog park we should be back around 9:30ish. You can just come for dog park fun!

At Nate's Point Dog Park—a 2.3-acre (Yes, it's huge!), fully fenced-in romping zone—man’s best friend has the opportunity to bond with, or chase, his own kind. There’s even a doggy water fountain with a foot pedal.

Warning: don’t wear your finest garments, because somehow every happy, muddy paw has a natural targeting mechanism for anything “dry-clean only.” Another great danger is the fierce wagging tail that this kind of freedom elicits; it can clean the park picnic table in a single swoop. Head down to where the Laurel Street Bridge meets 5th Ave and join in on all the frolicking fun.

Directions: The best way to get to Nate's Point is to take Laurel Street eastward from Sixth Avenue. Laurel turns into El Prado once inside the park. You can park your vehicle on Sixth Avenue or along Balboa Drive.

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  • Chris S.

    Great walk and social. Lucy loved it. It was great to see friends!

    November 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gorgeous morning and a fun group of dogs and people, thanks Mirrelle for setting this up and Wyatt says thanks for going at his pace:)

    November 24, 2012

  • Mirelle

    We're all going to do a shorter loop, since that's what most want to do anyway..probably about 4-5 miles

    November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    so we meet at nate's point? i would love to do entire hike, but i as well am suffering back issues (ugh!). i may or may not use shorter routes :)

    November 19, 2012

  • Karen

    Shorter loop sounds good for me ! Avoiding steep hills as much as I can...

    November 18, 2012

  • Mirelle

    I'll have a shorter route for those not wanting to the the full loop. Carol, the shorter loop may have one or two hills...it's Balboa so kind of unavoidable...but most of the hills are in the extended trek through the Florida Canyon, which I'll cut off for the shorter route.

    November 16, 2012

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