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.
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 »
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 »
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 »