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With record precipitation wetting our world of late, it’s no wonder Northern California waterfalls are gushing. A heavy snow pack means the torrents will roar into summer, but, that said, there’s no time like the present for putting paws to the waterfall path. A bonus for March and April: wildflowers bursting into bloom almost everywhere you look. Pose your dog in a patch of poppies and capture a memorable image from your spring fling.
Nala at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Photo Credit: @larryvaupel
Redding, the last major city on Interstate 5 as you near Mt. Shasta, is the undisputed Trail Capital of California, with over 225 miles of trails within 15 miles of its city center. Redding and the Shasta Cascade Region are also the Waterfall Capital as well. There’s no better time to experience the Shasta Cascade range around Redding than spring, when waterfalls tumble into the streams feeding sapphire-blue Whiskeytown Lake and McCloud Reservoir.
Four major waterfalls in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area are accessible via paths that the whole family, including your four-legged companion of course, can enjoy. Take the “waterfall challenge” to experience them all, including the 220-foot-tall Whiskeytown Falls, hidden for more than 40 years. If time is short, try the hike to Boulder Creek Falls, tucked into a dark, fern-filled box canyon or Crystal Creek Falls, which is ADA accessible. more »
Yuki at Cataract Falls. Photo Credit: @itazurayukithecorgi
Despite its strenuous nature, the 2.5-mile round trip to Cataract Falls on the north slope of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County is definitely not the road less traveled. It's very popular on weekends, when every other hiker seems to be accompanied by a canine companion. The series of nine cascades along Cataract Creek will entertain your ears as well as your eyes as you follow the twisting streambed through a wooded ravine. more »
Bonny at Hidden Falls Regional Park. Photo Credit: @bonnybarks
You’ll hear the furious, highway-like roar long before you catch sight of Hidden Falls, a wide wall of water that explodes into a 50-foot ravine at the center of Hidden Falls Regional Park, a 1,200-acre preserve with 30 miles of trails in Placer County Gold Country. more »
Murphy at Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: @murphythecollie
Wildflowers and waterfalls are the star spring attractions in Little Yosemite, a scenic gorge on Alameda Creek in Sunol Regional Wilderness. On a 3-mile round trip along the Canyon View Trail, you’ll traverse open meadows studded with wildflowers, walk through woods and encounter dramatic serpentine and basalt outcrops along the crashing creek. more »
Riley at Escondido Canyon and Falls. Photo Credit: @ourdogriley
Southern California didn’t get as drenched as the north state during the winter’s deluge, but its mountain waterfalls are running fast and furious nonetheless. Pack mud boots for you and towels for Sunny as you explore this standout pair of cascades. more »
Photo: Rex - Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue
Meet the lovely Rex, the perfect companion for your DogTreks and family outings. He's a big, happy guy, who gets along great with people, dogs…and cats too! He's your guy for fetch, hikes, beach trips, and beyond. When it's time to chill at home, his house manners are excellent, and he sleeps all night in his crate.
This three-year-old German shepherd dog is currently enjoying the hospitality of a foster home in Lake County, thanks to Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue, but he's looking for his own family. more »