Dog-friendly Hite Cove Trail

Hite Cove Trail

El Portal, California
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Local Phone: (559) 297-0706

Location:
• Trailhead is at Savage's Trading Post on Highway 140 eight miles west of El Portal.

This 3.5-mile (one way) hike along the South Fork of the Merced River is spectacular in early spring, when nearly 60 varieties of wildflowers can be found. Many consider this the one of the best easy wildflower walks in the Sierra.

The first 3/4 mile of the trail passes through private land, so please be respectful.

• Restrooms and water can be found at the trail head.
• Camping is permitted at the cove.
• This is a hiker-only trail; bicycles and horses are not permitted.
• Please pick up after your dog.
• Dogs need to be leashed or under strict voice control at all times.

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You coming? <br/> Photo Credit: @rubyinthebay
You coming?
Photo Credit: @rubyinthebay
Open the windows and let your pup take in the smells as you drive Highway 140 from Merced to Yosemite’s El Portal/Arch Rock entrance. This route offers plenty of dog-friendly fun along its windy way, passing through the towns of Mariposa, Midpines and El Portal. If you are coming south on Highway 49, be sure to check out Coulterville, a monument to another time. We recommend staying in one of these historic towns before heading into the park. more »
Zoe at Tuolumne South Fork. Photo by jenkinson2455 (CC)
Zoe at Tuolumne South Fork. Photo by jenkinson2455 (CC)
Highway 140 through Mariposa County leads to Yosemite National Park, but there’s so much for you and Fido to see and do along the way that you might want to start your trip a day early. Start in Mariposa, the historic county seat, with breakfast at Jantz Bakery or lunch at the delightful Deli Garden Café. For an afternoon diversion, visit Butterfly Creek Winery, which welcomes dogs in its tasting room and picnic area; or try some of the big reds for which the region is known at the dog-friendly Casto Fine Wine & Art tasting room downtown. more »
Arch Rock Yosemite
Arch Rock entrance. Photo: Judy Sutton
Why hurry to Yosemite National Park when the journey can be as rewarding as the destination? The extremely dog-friendly Yosemite Region encompasses four gateway counties, each with its own unique set of attractions. Dogtrekker is celebrating Yosemite’s 150th anniversary with a look at places and diversions for DogTrekkers to check out along the major highway corridors leading to the iconic park.

Join us along Highway 140 through the West (Arch Rock) Entrance in Mariposa County.  more »
Arch Rock entrance. Photo Judy Sutton.
Arch Rock entrance. Photo Judy Sutton.
Why hurry to Yosemite National Park when the journey can be as rewarding as the destination? The Yosemite Region encompasses four gateway counties, each with its own unique set of attractions. This week we celebrate Yosemite’s 150th anniversary with a look at places and diversions for DogTrekkers to check out along the major highway corridors leading to the iconic park.  more »
Photo: Frank Alcazar (CC)
Photo: Frank Alcazar (CC)

The Highway 140 corridor through Mariposa County leads to the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite National Park, offering plenty of recreational opportunity along its winding way.
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