Laurel Canyon Dog Park, located within Laurel Canyon Park, was Los Angeles' first official dog park. Today it is still considered one of the best places to let your dog off leash in the city. Locals and tourists alike watch their dogs mingle from the comfort of shaded benches and sun-drenched picnic tables. Small or shy dogs take refuge in a separate area next to the fenced-in playground, although dogs are not permitted in the playground area. It is not uncommon to run into celebrities playing with their dogs at Laurel Canyon, and this dog park tends to be a popular destination. Up to 35 cars can fit in the parking lot, so you should be prepared to run into a lot of people.
Early risers can venture into the dog park as soon as the sun rises, and the park remains open until sunset. The only exception is on Fridays, when maintenance takes place until 11 a.m. If you and your dog are in the mood for some time outside on a Friday morning, there are plenty of other canine-friendly areas nearby. Laurel Canyon Park is one of six parks situated within Laurel Canyon; this area is fantastic for hiking, jogging, and exploring. Your dog is welcome even if you venture away from the dog park, although some areas require that you use a leash.
Laurel Canyon is part of a transverse mountain range, and as such is home to a variety of soil types. Sediment from both volcanoes and the ocean can be found here, and scientists estimate that the soil could be up to 200 million years old. Interestingly, while there are several fault lines nearby and tremors are a concern for anyone considering building a home in this area, the compact soil in Laurel Canyon seems to alleviate some of the damage that buildings in sandier areas experience during a natural disaster.