Stretching from the flat Sacramento Valley to the peaks of the High Sierra at Lake Tahoe, Placer County
is nothing if not diverse. As you wind your way up Interstate 80, you'll pass through communities ranging from modern suburbs to
farm towns to historic, Gold Rush-era settlements that look plucked from a Western movie set.
Hundreds of square miles of national forests and other public lands, including Auburn State Recreation Area, stretching 20 miles along two forks of the American River, beckon you and your four-legged friend. Towns large and small welcome DogTrekkers with pet-friendly lodging, restaurants, wineries and other attractions.
I got my permit! Photo Credit: Jennifer Faulk
You want to spend as much time as possible playing in the snow, so why waste time and energy looking for a place to park? You’ll enjoy easy access to prime snow-play areas and ski/hike/snowshoe trails with a Sno-Park permit providing access to plowed parking lots at 18 Sierra Nevada locations. Click here for the lowdown. more »
You coming? Photo Credit: @corgeouss
If you haven’t tried snowshoeing, what are you waiting for? You don’t have to invest in your own equipment if you’re new to the activity. Snowshoes are available for rent from most ski shops; all you need are some warm snow boots. On designated trails with packed snow and flat terrain, walking in snowshoes is almost as easy as walking in street shoes. more »
Hey dude! Photo Credit: @nubethesamoyed
What, you’re a cross-country skier and your dog doesn’t have a season pass? Tahoe Donner Cross Country, consistently ranked as one of the best XC resorts in North America, will fix you up with a Doggy Day Pass ($8) or season pass ($79). Eight trails are dog-friendly, and that’s more than enough to have both of you work up a pant. more »
Ruff! Photo Credit: @3xtra.terrestrial
Let’s say there’s been a recent snowstorm, your dog needs exercise and you want a place to walk without donning snowshoes or skis. North Lake Tahoe is a great place for that, with many paved trails cleared of snow after every storm to ease the way for hikers, bikers and dog-walkers. more »
Vineyard Supervisor at Popie Wines
Photo Credit: @popiewines
Are you one of those folks who enjoys taking selfies with your dog wherever you roam? Add some fun to your quest by participating in the Placer Wine Trail Photo Hunt, a contest taking place through December. The deal: Visit a member winery, find the “treasure” (it might be an artwork, an artifact or a physical feature of the property), take a selfie, post it on Instagram and be entered to win a $100 gift card. more »