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.
Hidden Falls Regional Park - Photo Credit: @lillyshertigal
Hundreds of square miles of national forests and other public lands make Placer County a DogTrekker hotspot. Highway 49 runs south from Auburn, the county seat, to access 35,000-acre Auburn State Recreation Area hugging two forks of the American River. Hidden Falls Regional Park is delightful in fall even if the falls aren’t running, while at Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, you can hike to the river and watch the whitewater rafters go by. more »
Photo Credit: @maevethegreatwith28
Tahoe is at its glorious best in summer, and the hike up Shirley Canyon to Squaw Valley’s High Camp recreation complex at 8,200 feet is a classic. It’s also one that demands extra considerations if you’re trekking with a dog. The steep, 4.4-mile climb gains 2,000 vertical feet to reach the goal, hugging a crashing stream all the way. more »
Kash at Tahoe Keys, Lake Tahoe - Photo Credit: @adventuresofkashthedog
The most read story ever on DogTrekker.com is Dog-friendly Beaches at Lake Tahoe. With the snowmelt currently pouring off the surrounding Sierra Nevada, be forewarned that some of those beaches won’t be very wide or even very accessible for a few weeks yet. For on-water fun, try renting a large cockpit kayak from Tahoe City Kayak and taking a paddle with your pup along the North Shore. Tahoe Keys Boat Rentals and its affiliate locations will fix you up with a dog-friendly boat (and a “boat butler” captain, if needed) for exploring scenic Emerald Bay or simply cruising along the shore. more »
Loki at Squaw Valley Resort. Photo Credit: @thatlokilife
Northern California’s favorite mountain playground offers a lifetime’s worth of opportunities to play in the snow with your pup. Start with a snowshoe trek at a SNO-PARK pullout or, in a year like this, just about anyplace you can park and walk into the snow. more »
Dusty at Echo Lake SNO-PARK. Photo Credit: @dusty_bottoms_dog
Wondering where to go to the snow with Rover? Start with a look at the DogTrekker SNO-PARKS page and map identifying just-off-the-highway sites maintained and administered by California State Parks, Caltrans, the U.S Forest Service, California Highway Patrol and various community organizations. Eighteen SNO-PARKs are located in the Sierra Nevada, each offering plowed parking and trails where you can ski, snowshoe or hike with your dog.