the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail
National Parks With Hiking
Cabrillo National Monument
Dogs are allowed on leash only west of Gatchell Road
Channel Islands National Park
Dogs are not allowed on the island
Death Valley National Park
Dogs are not allowed on trails or in public facilities
Devils Postpile National Monument
Dogs are allowed throughout this park
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Dogs are allowed in many areas of the park; signs are posted and
dog-walking policies are subject to change
John Muir National Historic Site
Dogs are allowed in the two main areas of the park - the Mt.Wanda Unit
and the orchards around the house
Joshua Tree National Monument
Dogs are allowed in the campground but not on the hiking trails
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Dogs are not allowed on the trails or in buildings
Lava Beds National Monument
Dogs are allowed on some trails in this park
Muir Woods National Monument
Dogs are not allowed in this park
Pinnacles National Monument
Dogs are not allowed on the trails in this park
Point Reyes National Seashore
Dogs are not allowed on trails or in campgrounds but are permitted on
North and South beaches and part of Limantour Beach
Redwood National Park
Dogs are not allowed on the trails in this park
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Dogs are permitted through most of this park except in state owned areas
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Dogs are not allowed on the trails in these parks
Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
Dogs are allowed on the trails and through most of this park
Yosemite National Park
Dogs are not allowed on the trails or in the public buildings. For camping, dogs are allowed in Upper Pines in Yosemite Valley, the west end of the campground at Tuolumne Meadows and at White Wolf (Section C), Bridalveil (Section A), Crane Flats (Section A), Wawona, Hodgson Meadows and Yosemite Creek. Dogs can walk on some paved trails in valley.
Links to National Forests With Hiking
Angeles National Forest
Cleveland National Forest
Eldorado National Forest
Inyo National Forest
Klamath National Forest
Lassen National Forest
Los Padres National Forest
Mendocino National Forest
Modoc National Forest
Plumas National Forest
San Bernardino National Forest
Sequoia National Forest
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Sierra National Forest
Six Rivers National Forest
Stanislaus National Forest
Tahoe National Forest
State Parks With Hiking
California State Parks
Dogs are usually banned from state park trails and not allowed in the following California state parks: Angel Island State Park, on the trails at Annadel State Park, Ano Nuevo State Reserve, Seven Mile Slough and Windy Cove at Brannan Island State Recreation Area, on the trails at Castle Rock State Park, Crystal Cove State Park, on all trails at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park except Pipeline Road/Granham Hill/and Meadow, on the trails and beaches at Salt Point State Park, the Forest of Nivene Marks State Park except the entrance roads and picnic areas, everywhere but the campground and parking lots at Montana de Oro State Park and everywhere but the parking lot at Silver Strand State Beach.
Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In California
Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In California
Submitted by Ginny:
MY FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE MY DOG IS PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA. THERE IS MILES AND MILES OF OPEN SAND DUNES TO RUN A CLIMB (AND SLIDE DOWN). THE WAVES ARE SMALL SO THE DOG CAN GO PRETTY FAR OUT WITHOUT DANGER. THERE ARE TONS OF SEAGULLS TO CHASE. ANOTHER GREAT THING IS YOU CAN DRIVE ON THE BEACH AND CAMP AS WELL.(FOR A FEE OF COURSE!) THERE IS A LEASH LAW, BUT A LOT OF TIMES THERE IS NOBODY FOR MILES ON THE BEACH AND YOU CAN LET YOUR DOG RUN FREE. THANKS FOR WHAT YOU GUYS DO ON YOUR WEBSITE. IT'S NICE TO KNOW THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE OU THERE WHO THINK OF THERE PETS LIKE PART OF THE FAMILY.
Submitted by Ann Was just browsing your wonderful site and wanted to alert you to "Huntington Dog Beach" in Huntington Beach, California. This is a 1-mile stretch which allows dogs off-leash as long as they're on wet sand or in the water. It's a wonderful spot; has been there for about 8 or 9 years.
Submitted by Georgia and Jake California's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) allows dogs on all their trails - I didn't see this mentioned at your site, so thought I would share it. In California, we are blessed with many BLM acres to roam on. BLM trails are pretty well marked, but trails are not 'groomed'. Re Katie's various swimming holes...you missed Clear Lake, California's largest natural lake - where Jake enjoys kayaking and boating! He has to wear his doggy life vest as he is not the greatest swimmer.
Submitted by Kristie Just wanted to let you know of a great place in Southern California to take your dog for a hike. It's called Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and dogs are permitted off the leash in this area. A great hike!
Submitted by Sue & Lee & Jessie My husband and I and Jesse, our beautiful shepherd/collie mix, look forward every fall to a fabulous 7 mile round trip hike at the top of Rock Creek Road in the High Sierras (Tom's Place exit off Highway 395). This easy hike begins at about 10,000 feet with an elevation change under 500 feet - and takes us past 8 beautiful lakes! Jesse is a big swimmer and runs enthusiastically into the very cold water of each lake, and we enjoy the crisp fall air and golden aspens.
Submitted by Bryan, Anne, Benson & Cisca On old Hwy 40, Soda Springs, park behind ASI (Alpine Skills Insitute) and hike the Pacific Crest Trial north or south. The fall hikes are just awesome. With the leaf colors and the cool clean air and a great view from Donner Peak or Mt Juda. Very friendly hike for dogs and their hiking companions. Bring water and a love for clean air, the only limits you will experience is time. The late spring hikes can be a real adventure with snow fields that can be crossed safely. Going south you have the Benson Hut provided by the Sierra Club that allows over night shelter. If you like the long hike park a car at Squaw Valley and hike from ASI to Squaw giving yourself about 8 hrs to do. All hikes are very dog friendly.
Submitted by Stacy, Mila and Ollie Hi, I just wanted to recommend another place to take your dogs. I recently took my dogs up to Lake Gregory in the San Bernardino mountains and they really enjoyed it. There is a trail around the whole lake perfect for beginners. The lake has dog poo bags provided at points along the trail and there was plenty of wildlife for them to check out. Just wanted to share the info because it is always a concern of mine that I will drive my dogs somewhere and they won't be allowed in!!!
Submitted by Paul and Mojo If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically the east bay there are so many great places to take your dog hiking. My favorite is Sunol Regional Wilderness which is part of the east bay parks district and dogs are allowed on and off leash, never crowded and always beautiful you can park at the end of the road where you will cross an old train bridge across the creek and proceed on the fire trail for just under a mile you will hear waterfalls. This is where my dog LOVES to go swimming, a little spot called "Little Yosemite" where there are many waterfalls and it's easy to get to. Just take a right at the top of the hill off the fire trail, just after you cross a cattle barrier- this is approx. 1 mile, maybe less from the gate and old bridge where you start. If you want you can continue all the way to Del Valle lake in Livermore which is probably 20 to 30 miles with an overnight camping spot halfway- the only easy bay park where you can go wilderness backpacking. To get to Sunol Regional Wilderness you take 680 either north or south, you will get off at the Calaveras Rd. / Highway 84 exit and head east on Calaveras Rd. about 4 or 5 miles and there is a sign to tell you where the park is, a left turn off the road with a ranger station just a 1/4 mile or so after the left turn.
Submitted by Edward We travel with our dogs in our motor home. We have visited many beaches all through the country. Those that allow dogs and those that are not posted to prohibit dogs but allow them on leashes. The BEST beach we have ever been to and continue to return to is Coronado Dog Beach located on Coronado Island, San Diego County California. This is truly a dog friendly, off the leash dog beach. There are no time restrictions and plenty of doggie bag stations with trash cans placed on the way to the beach. Visitors are asked to pick up after their pets and most comply. Treat your best friend and yourself to this wonderful beach where the summer water temp. is generally in the high 60's to the low 70's and the waves break gently on the shore. You will not regret nor forget the time spent here.
Submitted by Scott, Debbie and Daisy We like to take our westie named Daisy to Sandstone Peak in the Santa Monica Mountains for great views of the coast the LA basin. Bring your own water-there are no facilities. It's also a bit of a drive (on winding Paciifc Coast Highway) to get to the trailhead parking lot, but well worth it if you have a morning or afternoon off. Here's a good review of the trail(s) leading to the highest point in this coastal mountain range.
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