Are you looking for a low-impact, dog-friendly hike in the LA area? If so, then look no further. Pack up the pup and head "out West" to hike Paramount Ranch.
Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains near Agoura Hills, CA, this hike is located on an old movie/T.V. set. The location was the perfect backdrop for a fun day of hiking and photography earlier this summer.
Paramount Ranch's History
Purchased by Paramount in 1927, the Ranch was the setting for many movies and television shows (see website for full list). This gem is now owned/operated by the National Park Service and available to the public for hikes, events and photography/filming.
The site was nearly empty that day. The wide-open landscape meant other hikers could clearly be seen from a distance. I felt completely comfortable being alone in the wilderness (as close as I have gotten to wilderness in a while).
Hiking Paramount Ranch
The trails at Paramount Ranch are pretty clearly marked, making it easy to navigate around the park. Lois and I opted to do some of the longer trails, wanting to take full advantage of the beautifully sunny day.
Using the park map it was easy to follow the Hacienda Trail to the Backdrop Trail. We ended with the Bwanda Trail, which follows the Medea Creek back to the Western Town. While most of the trail was flat, some areas were elevated. Overall, the hike should be considered easy and perfect for families or people with limited endurance.
The Wild Western Town
The Town itself was fun to photograph and interesting to explore. The pup sure had fun on the shady porches after a warm, sunny walk!
Several public events take place here each year, including festivals and educational programming. You can learn more about upcoming events by visiting the Santa Monica Mountains events page.
So, if you're looking for a low-impact hike, consider heading to scenic Paramount Ranch. This dog & kid friendly hike will be just what the doctor ordered...just ask Dr Lois, Medicine Dog.
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