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.
Fetch at Kiva Beach - Photo Credit: @labrador_tillman
When Northern Californians mention “The Lake,” you know they’re talking Tahoe. September is “tweener” season at Big Blue, a time when locals breathe deep, tourism drops off and visitors in the know snag mega-deals on lodging. It’s also a great time to swim and hike with your dog—not just at Lake Tahoe itself, but at nearby splash spots, as well. Where to dip toes and paws? Our Tahoe-area “A” List follows. more »
Northstar - Photo Credit: @booradleyjj
Why walk when you can ride? OK, lots of reasons…But both you and your dog will enjoy the novelty of a lift-assisted hike at the Northstar California, Squaw/Alpine or Mammoth Mountain ski resorts, all of which welcome four-legged passengers in their enclosed aerial conveyances. There’s not much time left this season to hitch a ride, so better get those paws in gear! more »
Ebbetts Pass - Photo Credit: @andreaheyfron
Fall is a great time for a scenic drive, and California’s National Scenic Byways and Scenic Highways provide guaranteed enjoyment for the eyes plus limitless opportunities for hiking with your dog in gorgeous country. Study maps and guides before you go—and, as wildfire season continues, be sure to check out air quality predictions, as well. Here are three scenic routes that are sure to rearrange your senses and set tails a-waggin'. more »
Lakes Basin Recreation Area - Photo Credit: @cmalexander
Cabin resorts—some rustic, some luxurious—have been hosting High Sierra vacationers for a century, and many are so popular in summer they can only be booked in blocks of a week or more. Come September, however, reservations open up, minimum-stay requirements are reduced and opportunity beckons. We’re partial to those in the uncrowded Lakes Basin Recreation Area straddling Sierra and Plumas counties about 50 miles northwest of Truckee. more »
Photo Credit: @bosco.and.arlo.aussie
The Eastern Sierra is often referred to as “California’s Switzerland” for its jagged peaks and high-altitude attractions. The options for dog-friendly hikes in the region are limitless, but if you want to top off some exercise with a hearty meal, we have a couple of suggestions. Little Lakes Valley Trail in Little Lakes Valley between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop is family-friendly as well as dog-friendly (leashes required). It’s also very popular, and for the best of reasons. more »