High Sierra Region
Welcome to the High Sierra, a new region on DogTrekker.com. This massive area runs from Lake Tahoe in the north to Mammoth Lakes and Bishop in the south and includes some of the nation's most famous and beautiful parks and wilderness areas.
Winter brings cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Summer brings a myriad of activities including boating, fishing, backpacking, biking, rafting, rock climbing and hiking. California's High Sierra has something for everyone and every dog.
Photo Credit: Samantha Levang (CC)
You don’t have to be a lean and hardy thru-hiker to enjoy sections of the famous Pacific Crest Trail stretching 2,560 miles from Mexico to Canada. It travels through some of America’s most exquisite scenery—and it’s all dog-friendly with the exception of segments transiting national parks, California state parks and a few heavily trafficked wilderness areas. more »
Tahoe beach dog. Photo Credit: Reno Tahoe (CC)
After Labor Day, tourist crowds vanish from Lake Tahoe and locals take a breather. DogTrekking visitors can take a deep breath, too, with easy-to-get reservations at pet-friendly properties including North Shore fave Holiday House, an affordable find offering six pet-friendly lakefront suites with kitchens in Tahoe Vista. more »
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 »
Lifeguard on duty, Lake Natoma. Photo Credit: @lifesensibly
Summertime and the livin’ is easy…as long as you’re on a lake. Heading up to Gold Country, you’ll find lots of places to dip your paws no matter which road you take. Here are some of our favorite splash spots in the Sierra foothills. more »
Photo Credit: Nathan Kendall
Lake Tahoe is at its glorious best in summer, but you have to be a very early riser to get a parking spot at a dog-friendly beach on weekends. Our advice: Sleep in, then head for High Camp, the high-altitude recreation complex at Squaw Valley USA, where a pool, hot tub, roller rink, limitless hiking options and plenty of free parking await. There are two ways up: the dog-friendly Shirley Lake Trail or the iconic (and dog-friendly) aerial tram. more »