Alpine County

Alpine County

Alpine County MapWelcome to the "California Alps." Offering more than 700 square miles of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Alpine County offers all year alpine recreation, two destination ski resorts, world-class hiking and a variety of dog-friendly lodging and dining facilities, ranging from rustic to modern.
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A Few Of Our Favorite Dog-Friendly Public Campgrounds

Wrights Lake <br/>Photo Credit: @lillytheaussie
Wrights Lake
Photo Credit: @lillytheaussie

Almost every public campground in California is dog-friendly, but that doesn’t mean your dog is welcome to hike with you, even on a leash. At most state and national parks, dogs are confined to paved paths, fire roads and picnic areas. If those rules don’t fit your free-roaming style, take heart: There are plenty of other places to camp and hike with your best four-legged friend. Here are two campground-rich areas in Northern California that get the DogTrekker paw of approval. more »

Do More Along Highway 4

Do More Along Highway 4

It’s a little off the beaten track, but Highway 4, which climbs into the Sierra through Calaveras and Alpine counties, is a magical place to visit in wintertime. The surrounding national forests offer plenty of places to break your own trail in the snow or take advantage of groomed forest roads. more »

The National Forest/BLM Advantage

Garland Ranch Regional Park. Photo Credit: jdehaan (CC)
Garland Ranch Regional Park. Photo Credit: jdehaan (CC)

State parks and national parks are notoriously unaccommodating when it comes to dogs. With few exceptions, four-paw visitors aren’t allowed outside developed campgrounds or off of paved roads and paths. But on public lands administered by the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as some tracts overseen by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, your pup is welcome to accompany you with only a few important rulesmore »

See More On Highway 4

Arnold Rim Trail. Photo Credit: Lisa Boulton
Arnold Rim Trail. Photo Credit: Lisa Boulton

Highway 4 in Calaveras and Alpine counties is one of our favorite routes for a summer road trip, offering way too many attractions and diversions for a mere weekend. A better bet: settle in for a week at a pet-friendly vacation rental. They’re plentiful around Angel’s Camp, Murphys and Arnold, and you’ll find dog-welcoming hotels, B&Bs and other lodging in the area, too. more »

Swooning for Wildflowers

Frolicking through the field, Carson Pass. Photo Credit: Jonathan Fox (CC)
Frolicking through the field, Carson Pass. Photo Credit: Jonathan Fox (CC)

One of the most prolific wildflower shows in California blooms in early July at Carson Pass on Highway 88, about a half-hour south of Lake Tahoe. We’re talking head-high stands of violet lupin, bright red paintbrush and Queen Anne’s lace, flanked by blankets of purple penstemon, golden mule ears, orange columbine and mountain daisies. Go midweek and go early to snag a parking spot at the Carson Pass Information Station, gateway to this floral wonderland. more »

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