Hike With Your Dog

the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail

CALIFORNIA

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.

Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=424

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=464
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=483 
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=582
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=627 
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=638
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=450 
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=634
Auburn State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=502 
Austin Creek State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=452 
Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=482
Bean Hollow State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=527 
Benbow Lake State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=426 
Benicia State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=476 
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=463 
Big Basin Redwoods State Park-http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=540 
Bodie State Historic Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=509
Bolsa Chica State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=642 
Border Field State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=664 
Bothe-Napa Valley State Parkhttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=477 
Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=535 
Burton Creek State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=512 
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=536
Calaveras Big Trees State Parkhttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=551 
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=551 
Cardiff State Beach http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=551 
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=567
Carpinteria State Beach http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=599 
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=445
Castaic Lake State Recreation Areahttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=628 
Castle Crags State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=454 
Caswell Memorial State Parkhttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=557 
China Camp State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=466 
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=648
Clear Lake State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=473 
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=667
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=505
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=414 
Emerald Bay State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=506 
Empire Mine
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=499 
Folsom Lake State Recreation Areahttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=500 
Fremont Peak State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=564 
Garrapata State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=579 
Greenwood State Park
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=447 
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Parkhttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=421  
Grover Hot Springs State Parkhttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=508 
Half Moon Bay State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=531 
Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=431 
Heber Dunes State Recreation Areahttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=408
Hendy Woods State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=438 
Henry W. Coe State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=561 
Humboldt Lagoons State Parkhttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=416 
Humboldt Lagoons State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=416 
Humboldt Redwoods State Parkhttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=425 
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=553  
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=640
Jack London State Historic Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=478 
Jedediah Smith Redwoods http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=413 
Jughandle State Reserve http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=441 
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=612
Kruse Rhododendron State Reservehttp://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=448 
Lake Del Valle http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=537 
Lake Perris
http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=651 
Leo Carrillo State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=616 
Lighthouse Field State Beach http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=550 
MacKerricher State Park http://cal-parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=436 
Manchester State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=437 
Manresa State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=545 
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=581
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=455 
McConnell State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=554 
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=607
Mendocino Headlands State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=442 
Mendocino Woodlands Regionhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=443 
Millerton Lake State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=587 
Mono Lake Tufahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=514 
Montana de Oro State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=592 
Montara State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=532 
Monterey State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=576 
Montgomery Woods State Reservehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=434 
Morro Bay State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=594 
Morro Strand State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=593 
Moss Landing State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=574 
Mount Diablo State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=517
Mount San Jacinto State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=636 
Mount Tamalpais State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=471 
Natural Bridges State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=541 
Navarro River Redwoods State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=435 
New Brighton State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=542 
Olompali State Historic Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=465 
Pacheco State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=560 
Palomar Mountain State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=637 
Patrick's Point State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=417 
Pelican State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=412 
Pescadero State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=522 
Picacho State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=641 
Pismo State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=595 
Plumas-Eureka State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=507 
Point Dume State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=623 
Point Lobos State Reservehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=571 
Point Mugu State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=630 
Pomponio State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=521 
Portola Redwoods State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=539 
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=415
Providence Mountains State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=615
Red Rock Canyon State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=631 
Refugio State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=603 
Richardson Grove State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=422 
Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=633
Robert Louis Stevenson State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=472 
Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=526 
Russian Gulch State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=432 
Saddleback Butte State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=526
Salinas River State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=573 
Salton Sea State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=639 
Samuel P. Taylor State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=469 
San Bruno Mountain State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=518
San Clemente State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=646 
San Gregorio State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=529 
San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=558 
San Onofre State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=647
San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=655 
San Simeon State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=590 
Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=611 
Schooner Gulch State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=446
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=650 
Sinkyone Wilderness State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=429ß 
Smithe Redwoods State Reservehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=427 
Sonoma Coast State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=451
South Yuba River State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=496 
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=423 
Sugarloaf Ridge State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=481
Sunset State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=544 
Tahoe State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=504 
Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=669 
Tomales Bay State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=470 
Tomo-Kahni State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=610 
Topanga State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=629 
Torrey Pines State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=658 
Torrey Pines State Reservehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=657
Trinidad State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=418 
Turlock Lake State Recreation Areahttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=555 
Twin Lakes State Beachhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=547 
Van Damme State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=433
Washoe Meadows State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=516 
Westport-Union Landing State Beach http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=440 
Wilder Ranch State Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=549 
Will Rogers State Historic Parkhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=626 
Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area-http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=459


 Anderson Marsh State Historic Park Andrew Molera State Park
Antelope Valley Poppy State Reserve Anza-Borrego DesertArmstrong Redwoods
Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park














Butano State Park


Carmel River State Beach
Caspar Headlands State Beach



Chino Hills State Park
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
D. L. Bliss State Park

















Indio Hills Palms Park Property




Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area








Marina State Beach

McGrath State Beach














































































 
 
 

 
 
 

Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In California

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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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