Hiking, Parks and Gardens – can you say happy dog? DogTrekker has you covered with some great stories about the best hikes, parks and gardens for you. Whether you are looking for a quiet stroll through the park or an adventurous hike to a remote location, we have something for everyone. From the great outdoors to urban adventures, we’ve got it all covered. So don’t forget your pup when planning your next adventure – DogTrekker is here to help! Happy trails!

Find your oasis in dog-friendly Greater Palm Springs

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs/@visitgreaterps.
If your vision of a perfect dog-friendly Palm Springs region vacation includes endless blue skies, awe-inspiring mountains, sparkling pools, swaying palm trees, and lots of tail-wagging fun in the sun, you've come to the right place: Greater Palm Springs.  Read more.

Brews and views in Humboldt County

Trinidad, Humboldt County. Photo by Humboldt County Visitors Bureau.
Humboldt County is best known for its Redwood National & State Parks, freshwater lagoons and rivers, beautiful beaches, and Bigfoot. Whether your BFF (Best Furry Friend) is a forest explorer, a river runner, or a beach babe, Humboldt County has everything for the perfect pet-friendly adventures.  Read more.

A bird’s eye view for your pup in Del Norte County

Pups can ride the SkyTrail gondola. Photo by Visit Del Norte County.
Del Norte County is known for its Redwood National & State Parks, sprawling beaches and two wild rivers with plenty of trail fun, but check out some of their most unique dog-friendly attractions, trails and lodging.  Read more.

Dog-approved adventures in California’s North Coast region

Frenchie hiking the redwood forests of the North Coast.
Our pups have discerning tastes: good sleeps, good eats and plenty of play. Just north of San Francisco, the ‘North of Ordinary’ counties of California – Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte – offer plenty of fun for both you and and your dog on the North Coast in Northern California.  Read more.

Committed to accessibility and awareness

Welcome to Concord, a proactively ADA city.
Concord is an inclusive city that welcomes guests of all abilities. Families whose loved ones live with sensory challenges—someone on the autism spectrum or with a diagnosed sensory sensitivity, for example—can apply for a free, one-night practice hotel stay through Visit Concord.  Read more.

Pup-friendly play by the bay

IG@aindrearae hiking at Joaquin Miller Park. Photo by Visit Oakland.
Oakland, affectionately known as “The Town,” stretches between the San Francisco Bay and the Oakland and Berkeley Hills.  Read more.

Dog-friendly beauty at Bridalveil Fall

Sunrise over Yosemite Valley.
Bridalveil Fall is beautiful to behold and famously photo-friendly in the spring. The sound of water splashing and crashing against rocks creates an immersive experience as you approach the waterfall.  Read more.

Furry friends love Lower Yosemite Falls

Photo by Barna Tanko | Dreamstime.com.
Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America and the sixth tallest in the world. DogTrekkers are especially fond of Lower Yosemite Falls, which is easily accessible for humans and hounds via a one-mile loop trail.  Read more.

A dog day in Vacaville

Start your unforgettable day with your dog in Vacaville, California. Kick off the adventure at Pure Grain Bakery (11 Town Square Place) with a freshly brewed coffee and a pastry … Continued  Read more.

Sit, stay and play in Mammoth Lakes

Photo by Visit Mammoth Lakes.
Mammoth Lakes is a DogTrekker favorite located in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's known for its natural beauty, dog-friendly hiking trails and activities, and a range of accommodations and dining options.  Read more.

Rattlesnake advisory summer 2023

Summer is finally here and as heat intensifies throughout California this week, hikers may notice an increased presence of snakes along their favorite trails. Our friends at the East Bay Regional Park District have some rattlesnake safety tips, what to do when you see a rattlesnake, and what to do if you or your pup is bitten by a rattler or other type of snake.  Read more.

Chow down in Greater Ontario

Hike, eat, chill. Photo by Lazy Dog Restaurant.
Pet-friendly restaurants provide outdoor patios to enjoy a great meal for the entire family, including your dog.   Read more.

Greater Ontario 

When it comes to the “pawfect” road trip for Fido and the family, the cities, historic downtowns, and mountain trails of Greater Ontario are a real treat  Read more.

Family fun with a pup-friendly pedigree

Kids and dogs love the Stanford Inn. Photo by the Stanford Inn.
The Stanford Inn is a family-friendly jewel with plenty of four-paw delights – think hiking trails, a heated saltwater pool, scavenger hunts, canoes that accommodate dogs,  Read more.

Paddle, pedal and play with your pup

Check-in time at the Stanford Inn is a joyous moment. Pups and their people linger in the lobby, sharing stories about their favorite outdoor adventures. Dogs are welcome across the resort’s guestrooms, grounds, bookstore and lobby, of course, but leave some time to explore the region’s pup-friendly beaches, parks, waterways and trails, too.  Read more.

Wellness meets tail-waggin’ fun at the Stanford Inn

Few places match Mendocino’s natural beauty. The Stanford Inn stretches along 10 coastal acres here, framed by USDA-certified organic gardens, towering trees and Pacific Ocean views. Dog-friendly for 43 years and counting, this charming getaway by innkeepers Jeff and Joan Stanford offers an earth-minded experience with wellness programs, spa services, outdoor adventures and plant-based dining.   Read more.

Was Calistoga really founded by a dog?

San Francisco’s Emperor Norton had his dogs Bummer and Lazarus. Calistoga’s Sam Brannan had Leonitus. Archive photo.
The charming Sam Brannan and Leonitus story In the early days of Calistoga, California, a man named Sam Brannan and his loyal Newfoundland dog, Leonitus, embarked on a journey to shape a … Continued  Read more.

Win a Fort Bragg, Mendocino County Beach Dogcation®!

Win a two-night DogCation® at one of the three Beachcomber Hotel properties in Fort Bragg: The Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge, or the Beach House Inn. In addition, each prize package will include a Skunk Train family pack, bike rentals, and a $100 gift certificate good at the North Coast Brewing Company. DogTrekker respects your privacy and will never sell or rent personal information.  Read more.

The dish on Tahoe trails

Shirley Lake Trail.
DogTrekkers consistently list hiking as a Tahoe favorite, followed closely by beaches and water fun. The Shirley Canyon Trail combines it all.   Read more.

Don’t miss Bark in the Park

Photo by Bark in the Park.
Bark in the Park is back on September 16 at William Street Park in San Jose from 10am to 5pm. Bark is the Park is the largest dog festival in the United States with fun for the entire family, including the dog! Grab your best friend and a leash and join us for Bark’s 25th year! Enjoy an all-day, outdoor family friendly event. Dogs and their best friends will have a great time.  Read more.

Mendocino magic at every turn

Maya at Mendocino Headlands State Park. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
From on-site organic gardens and Noyo Harbor fishing village scenes to Fort Bragg murals, the pup-friendly Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens,  Read more.

Noteworthy on California’s North Coast: The Noyo Harbor Inn

The Noyo Harbor inn is a Craftsman-style dream with spa treatments, waterfront dining and access to adventures for you and your four-legged family members. From here, it’s easy to explore coastal paths, canoe routes, train rides and restaurant patios across Mendocino County. Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor Inn is a spectacular – and seriously dog-friendly – basecamp for enjoying the season.   Read more.

Fall in Yosemite: Captivating color and wagging tails welcome

Yosemite National Bark!
Few places are prettier than Yosemite in fall. Blue skies and mild temperatures make for pleasant outdoor activities, while vast stands of maples and dogwoods put on a colorful show. Traffic is lighter during the fall season, and hotels in this dog-friendly paradise roll out special lodging deals this time of year, too.   Read more.


Hiking Joaquin Miller Park. Photo by Visit Oakland.
Sunset calls Oakland “a diverse cultural hub in the heart of the Bay Area,” with art, culinary attractions and activities that promise fun for all ages.  Read more.

San Luis Obispo (SLO)

Maya rests after climbing Bishop Peak, SLO.
Sunset likes the laid-back vibe, local, independent wineries, and public art of San Luis Obispo (SLO). From a dog-parent’s perspective,  Read more.

Trails & tails

I’m ready for a walk in GOCAL, are you?
Greater Ontario, California boasts an array of dog-friendly trails that are a paw-fect fit for both canine companions and their outdoor-loving humans.   Read more.

Fall fun with Fido

GOCAL’s endless summer.
Greater Ontario, California offers the ideal setting for an autumn escape that will create cherished memories for you and your loyal companion.   Read more.

Step into the magic of Mendocino

Mendocino County features 12 viticultural areas.
For an especially tasty excursion in dog-friendly Mendocino County, visit during the 2023 Harvest Mendocino festivities. From October 27 to November 12,  Read more.

Magic is real in pup-friendly Mendocino County

Kayla celebrating harvest at the Little River Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Mendocino County captivates those who travel with furry family members, and it has also enchanted DogTrekker readers for decades. With mist-cloaked valleys, ancient redwood stands, and stunning state parks that unfold along the coast and across inland peaks, you’ll discover magical landscapes at every turn. Our friends at Visit Mendocino County just unveiled a new website showcasing that magic.  Read more.

Pleasant Hill: It’s a dog’s world

Tshaka Zulu visits Pleasant Hill. Photo by StayPleasantHill.com.
Pup-friendly Pleasant Hill puts Northern California’s best within easy reach. Hike scenic East Bay canyons with your furry friend. Hop over to San Francisco for family attractions and culture. Sample world-class wines in Napa, Sonoma or Livermore. Then, relax at Pleasant Hill restaurants and hotels that roll out the red carpet for dogs. Our friend Tshaka Zulu, a travel-loving Dalmatian, has cre  Read more.

Perfect dog-friendly patios in Greater Palm Springs

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs.
Welcome to the ultimate guide for dog lovers in Greater Palm Springs! As a dedicated pup parent, you’re always looking for the ideal spot to soak up some sunshine with your furry friend. Get ready to explore the most tail-wagging, paw-some dog-friendly patios that this SoCal oasis has to offer.    Read more.

Dog-friendly hikes

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs.
Discover beautiful Greater Palm Springs trails on these dog-friendly hikes. Pack water, grab treats, and get ready to check out  Read more.

Plumas County: Majestic peaks and pup-friendly trails

Plumas County extends along the southeast corner of the Shasta Cascade region, midway between Mount Lassen and Lake Tahoe. National forest covers more than 75% of this scenic county, with meadows, canyons, ridges and lakes that offer views of Sierra Nevada and Cascade peaks.  Read more.

Bark Park

Photo by Aislyn Clause.
Bark Park in Susanville in Lassen County, is specifically designed to cater to the needs of both large and small dogs, with two distinct areas that allow for safe, off-leash … Continued  Read more.

Ruff-ing it in Shasta County

Hiking dog-friendly Whiskeytown Falls trails. Photo by Choose Redding.
The community of Redding anchors Shasta County, and it's the gateway to recreational opportunities across the Shasta Cascade region. Set  Read more.

Plan a spring reset in the Shasta Cascade region

Middle McCloud Falls, Siskiyou County, Upstate California.
Turn travel dreams into real itineraries with the all-new DogTrekker.com. Your ultimate go-to guide for dog-friendly California adventure sparks inspiration while spotlighting destinations like the Shasta Cascade region (aka Upstate CA). This eight-county playground has more than a dozen national and state parks, plus countless trails, lakes, fishing streams, restaurants and hotels that welcome pu  Read more.

Pleasant Hill has gone to the dogs!

Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo by Kevin Noble on Unsplash.
Pleasant Hill, California is one of the most centrally located and pet-friendly destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it a great home base for pet parents who are eager to explore all Northern California’s many attractions, including some mountainous parks where dogs can roam off leash. To begin, Pleasant Hill has its own canine global travel critic, Tshaka Zulu, who recently shared  Read more.

Traveling with your dog in the California deserts

Embark on a canine adventure through the California deserts! From Death Valley's awe-inspiring vistas to Anza-Borrego's rugged trails, explore the raw beauty of the desert landscapes while creating unforgettable memories with your furry friend. Remember to pack essentials, respect park regulations, and prioritize safety.   Read more.

Dog-friendly hikes in Greater Palm Springs

Unleash the fun in California’s desert. Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs.
The California Desert Region is the ultimate playground for hiking enthusiasts and their furry friends, and these dog-friendly hikes are a  Read more.

Explore California deserts with your pup!

Tail-wagging adventures await in the desert. Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs.
Spring is the perfect time to plan an adventure through California's awe-inspiring deserts! Discover pet-friendly accommodations and endless  Read more.

Hit the happy trails

Photo by Visit Big Bear.
The hiking trails are definitely for the dogs in Big Bear Lake! With 100 miles of trails, you can choose your  Read more.

Pleasant Hill recognizes two exciting anniversaries in 2024

The eastern side of the Bay is world-renowned for its dog-friendly outdoor recreation. It’s also home to amazing animal welfare organizations that have cared for furry friends for several generations. Two standout organizations are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2024. The East Bay Regional Park District, the largest of its kind in the U.S., turns 90. A short distance away, the East Bay S  Read more.

Spring safety tips for dog owners

Understanding and managing risks for a safe outdoor experience When venturing out with your dog during spring, it’s important to be proactive about various risks to ensure a safe and … Continued  Read more.

Things to do with your pets in Yosemite Mariposa County

Photo by Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.
The Yosemite Mariposa County region offers an adventure-filled vacation not just for humans but for their four-legged companions as well. The stunning scenery and outdoor activities that evoke feelings of joy and awe in humans are bound to elevate the happiness of dogs too. From sniffing pine cones to exploring misty waterfall trails and encountering an abundance of sticks, dogs can revel in the s  Read more.

Top 5 dog parks in California

Dog-friendly California unfurls its varied landscapes like a grand tapestry, from craggy coastlines to serene valleys, tailor-made for the joy of dogs and their human counterparts. We have the most … Continued  Read more.

Four fabulous dog-friendly days in magical Mendocino

Mendocino County makes headlines for so many reasons, including its dog-friendly trails, rails, rivers, peaks and Pacific splendor. This wonderous playground presents unforgettable surprises, whether you’re hiking redwood-shaded routes, sampling local wines, touring a lighthouse or shopping at small-town galleries. With accommodations, amenities and activities tailored to four-legged guests, th  Read more.

Exploring Greater Palm Springs with your dog

Arrival and accommodations Traveling with your dog to Greater Palm Springs and the surrounding California desert region offers a unique blend of outdoor adventures, pet-friendly accommodations, and a laid-back vibe. … Continued  Read more.

California coasting with your dog

Summer in California means sandcastles, swimming, shoreline walks, and patio dinners at sunset – all with your dog in tow. As we look ahead to this year’s splash season, the DogTrekker team has put together pup-tested itineraries for some of the state’s best coastal destinations. Slap on the sunscreen and get ready to roll. Whether you want to surf, watch waves, or paddle tranquil rivers,   Read more.

Find fall fun with your dog on the shores of South Lake Tahoe

Photo by Wild Blue Dogs.
Fall is a great time to visit Lake Tahoe, thanks to fewer crowds, comfortable weather, and, of course, that dazzling blue water. FALL CAMP Wild Blue Dogs holds their Fall Camp activities September 16 – 22 on a fenced, 33-acre property between Edgewood Golf Course and Zephyr Cove, on the Nevada side of the lake. (The facility doubles as a midsummer 4-H camp).   Read more.

Ruffing it in Yosemite

Tenaya Lodge in Winter. Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.
Winter in Yosemite National Park means quiet landscapes and five-star fun for four-pawed travelers and their human companions. Leashed dogs are welcome on most fully paved roads and paths within the park (at many park campgrounds, too), so there’s lots of room to roam.  Read more.

Happy New Year from DogTrekker.com

The new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hand. Or, maybe it’s in the paw of your four-legged best friend. However you document your 2023 travel aspirations and dreams, you can count on DogTrekker.com.   Read more.

Shell Beach Coastal Access Trail

The Shell Beach Coastal Access Trail, part of the Sea Ranch public access areas in Sonoma County, offers a picturesque .65-mile path through pine forests and meadows, leading to a … Continued  Read more.

This winter, find a cozy place to stay at Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is a four-season playground with dog-friendly appeal. The destination shines during the quieter winter season, when sunshine sparkles off snowy peaks and icy waterways. Frosty forests set the backdrop for snowshoeing, skiing, skating and more. Some lower-elevation trails are plowed, too, so it’s easy to explore Yosemite Mariposa County with four-legged friends.   Read more.

Day 4: Barking ways

“All-Paw-Drive” in National Forests.
Hit the trails with your four-legged friends. All vacations come to a close, or else we’d all be living a dog’s life! Enjoy your last day to its fullest with … Continued  Read more.

When and where to go in the Eastern Sierra

Fall color in the the Eastern Sierra. Photo by Jennifer Chen.
Summers are glorious for dogs in the Eastern Sierra while winters are devoted to snow sports,but the best time of year, especially if you’re into photography, is late September into mid-October.  Read more.

Poop on the trail – special from our friends at Camp California

Poop happens – pack it out. Photo by Brian Yurasits.
Pets and outdoor adventures were practically made for one another. Every day, millions of us venture outdoors to take advantage of all that California has to offer. Whether it’s a day hiking, a picnic in the park, or a weekend in a campground, we love being outside, and love having our furry family members join us. But even with the best of intentions we sometimes need additional tips to re  Read more.

By land or by lake with Redding as a basecamp

Exploring Shasta State Historic Park. Photo by Choose Redding.
Much of what makes California great rugged mountains, serene lakes, top-shelf food and wine, culture, and community charm anchors the Redding and UpState CA experience. This wide-open wonderland is dotted with all kinds of activities. Hike storied Shasta Cascade trails. Marvel at magnificent waterfalls. Get travel tips from the locals over happy hour drinks. Then, overnight in Redding and enjoy ne  Read more.

Fresh air and tail-waggin’ good trails in Redding

Maya walking on the Sacramento River Trail. Photo by Roxanne Kendrick.
DogTrekkers know Redding as “California’s Trail Capital,” thanks to 225 miles of trails found within 15 miles of town. Most of those miles welcome furry best friends, and many are within minutes of Redding’s lodging properties.  Read more.

First time paws-ing in Redding?

Sundial Bridge. Photo by Choose Redding.
If you’re new to Redding and the eight-county UpState CA region, start at the Shasta Cascade Welcome Center that’s just down the road in Anderson. Open daily and packed with free maps, brochures, exhibits, geocaching guidance, gifts and even a waterfall pond with wild trout, it's your gateway to the area’s experiences. The DogTrekker team has also outlined a few of our favorite dog-frien  Read more.

Choose Redding for new dog-friendly scenery, experiences

Want to make tracks somewhere new with your pup? Upstate California holds many tail-wagging surprises. The city of Redding is the gateway to this big, diverse and largely dog-friendly region. A river runs through it —the Sacramento River, to be exact— and the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail is the place to start exploring.  Read more.

Special adventures for furry friends in Mendocino

Water dog at the Little River Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
Mendocino County has so many dog-friendly activities that you might want to stay a few extra days. The Skunk Train is a northern California classic that departs from depots in coastal Fort Bragg and inland Willits  Read more.

Parks for pups and their people

After a day spent shopping (don’t miss Sweet Pea’s Pet Boutique!), hiking in places like Rockville Hills Regional Park, or sipping your way through wine country highlights, unwind back in Vacaville. Close to town, some great dog parks let you take in the scenery while dogs stretch their legs. Lagoon Valley Dog Park presents 30,000 square feet of fenced-in fun, complete with benches, ta  Read more.

Your home base for fun

Tucked conveniently close to towering redwoods and coastal adventures, Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley is a welcoming favorite among four-legged guests and the humans who follow. From here, it’s a short trip to the Roaring Camp Railroads, where you can ride the rails with your pooch. Or, head over to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and West Glenwood Open Space Preserve for   Read more.

Treat your pup to a Yosemite vacation

Maya enjoying the Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Feeling a little spring fever? Now is the perfect time to plan a getaway with your furry friend. The Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge are designed for pet-lovers, making dog travel a breeze. These modern, two-bedroom cabins are tucked on 27 wooded acres—perfect for adventuring with two- and four-legged family members—and they’re just minutes from the main lodge and more resort ame  Read more.

Play in a park with your pup

Bonnie plays with friend at Partner Park. Photo by Janet Fullwood.
Sacramento is known for its rich agricultural heritage and is often referred to as "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital" due to its abundance of fresh, locally-sourced food.  Read more.

Hike to the lime kilns at Pogonip

Hit the trails of Pogonip with the pup to see the historic ruins of the lime kilns. It wasn’t just redwood logs that helped to build burgeoning Bay Area cities during the 19th century, it was also lime. Follow the Lime Kiln Trail into a redwood forest, and you’ll discover massive stone furnaces that processed the lime. Your pup may not be as interested in the historical treas  Read more.

All aboard a historic train through the redwoods

Roaring Camp Railroads. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz.
See California’s towering redwoods from an authentic 19th-century steam train through the Big Trees to the summit of Bear Mountain at Roaring Camp Railroads. Well-behaved dogs are welcome aboard and will love to put their nose to the sky as they take in the smells of the redwoods. And for the active pups that want to get some miles in, there are plenty of trails and grounds to explore!  Read more.

Putting paws to paths around Concord

Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
Get tails a’waggin’ on trails at one of the East Bay Regional Parks District preserves serving Contra Costa and Alameda counties. The 73 preserves include between them 125,000 acres of open space and 1,250 miles of trails. Yes, that’s a lot! Start, perhaps, by exploring Lime Ridge Open Space, held jointly by Concord and Walnut Creek. Its 1,200 acres are criss-crossed by 25 miles   Read more.

Fall for these dog-friendly waterfalls

Yes, we had a dry January, but the big storms in late December filled lakes and streams and created a hefty Sierra snowpack. The payoff: Waterfall season! Here are some late winter/early spring hikes with watery rewards at the end. Yosemite Gushers Moving Water in Marin Don’t Pass on Pasadena With Your Dog Santa Barbara’s Waterfall Surprise   Read more.

Santa Barbara’s waterfall surprise

How good are you and your dog at rock-hopping and scrambling? You’ll need to put those skills to work on the popular 7 Falls Trail in the Los Padres National Forest outside Santa Barbara. It’s best just after a rain, when the falls are gushing. The 3.2-mile out-and-back is accessible and dog-friendly year-round. Parking at the trailhead is limited and strict, so stay behind the white l  Read more.

Yosemite gushers

Late winter and early spring are great times to visit Yosemite National Park, but be sure to read up on the rules regarding pets before you go. Hotels inside park boundaries don’t allow pets, but pet-friendly places to curl up (click on lodging type and use the pet-friendly filter) are abundant elsewhere in Mariposa County. In Yosemite Valley, the premier winter/spring waterfall hike leads to Lo  Read more.

Moving water in Marin

It’s not the easiest waterfall hike in Marin County, but Cataract Falls, on the north flank of Mount Tamalpais, is easily the Bay Area’s most popular waterfall destination. It roars and gets really big after a spring rain, spouting nine silvery cascades, some 50 and more feet high, plunging down the Cataract Creek streambed. The surrounding forest, with its moss-covered rocks, ferns, t  Read more.

Tail-waggin’ fun in Folsom and surrounding areas

Just up Highway 50 from Sacramento, the city of Folsom is a superb dog-friendly destination with a handsomely renovated Old Town just a block or two from the Sacramento River. Cuddle up in dog-friendly lodging and spend a weekend exploring with your four-legged friend.  Read more.

Capital canine discoveries

If it’s your first visit to Sacto, don’t neglect to take a stroll through Capitol Park, a 40-acre urban preserve surrounding the imposing domed structure.  Read more.

Tap into Adventure in Concord

Set in the shadow of magnificent Mount Diablo, dog-friendly Concord is an under-the-radar East Bay gem. Jazz musician Dave Brubeck was born here. The popular Iron Horse Regional Trail winds through town. Dog-friendly hiking paths unfold in every direction, and a new passport program spotlights a thriving regional craft beer scene.  Read more.

Lodato Trail

Lodato Trail, courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz Tucked away in the redwoods of Scotts Valley, Lodato is a hidden gem of forested beauty. The entire route clocks in at 1.2-miles and a leisurely stroll will likely take less than 45 minutes (but it is a lot of uphill). Parking is free, and your leashed pups are welcome to enjoy the redwoods by your side. Just mind the poison oak which can creep close to  Read more.

Roaring Camp Railroads

Roaring Camp Railroads, courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz. Henry Cowell borders Roaring Camp Railroads where dogs are welcome on leash to explore the acres (including trails) of forested land. And for those pooches (or owners) who want to experience the grandeur of the redwoods and mountains but might need some help – hop aboard the train! Yes, your well-behaved pooch can hitch a ride on the st  Read more.

West Glenwood Open Space Preserve

West Glenwood Preserve. Paul Zaretsky photo.
West Glenwood Open Space Preserve, story courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz. With about four miles of trails, the West Glenwood Preserve is a great choice for hiking adventures with your pooch! Gorgeous vistas of the valley are around every corner and there are a variety of loops to choose from. In the spring, wildflower abound on the rolling hills. A few things to be aware of: the trails are currentl  Read more.

Pogonip Open Space

Pogonip Open Space, courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz. There are miles of dog-friendly trails and secret treasures to discover at Pogonip Open Space. Leashed pups are welcome on several of the trails, but for an easy stroll with a big payoff, follow the Rincon Trail from the UCSC campus as it slopes downhill to the eastbound Spring Box Trail. A quick stroll along the Spring Box Trail soon leads to an  Read more.

Raving about Redding

Watching the geese at the Sundial Bridge. Photo by Turtle Bay Exploration Park.
March is perhaps the prettiest and most temperate month of the year in Redding, a Northern California city that can warm up in summer.  Read more.

Cooper loved to Travel

In his ten years, this Lab/border collie/cattle dog mix traveled to seven states, but most of all he loved going anywhere DogTrekker recommended.  Read more.

Hit the trails near Yosemite

What better way to enjoy the mountains for bipeds and quadrupeds alike than by being out on a hike? In Mariposa County's scenic Merced River Canyon, several dog friendly recreation areas exist including the Merced River Hike at the Briceburg Recreation Area.  Read more.

River, bridge, dam and your dog – Redding hikes

Maya at the Sacramento River near Redding. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Yes, it’s the best known and most popular of Redding trails, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail extending almost 19 miles from the iconic Sundial Bridge to massive Shasta Dam.   Read more.

Best dog-friendly hikes in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Stephen Leonardi.
Henry Cowell is a must. Locals and visitors alike love the beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Henry Cowell has it all. For hikes with the pup, use the main park entrance off Highway 9 and access the Pipeline Trail.  Read more.

Enchanted dog-friendly hiking in Santa Cruz

If you’re traveling down the coast, Santa Cruz County is a natural stop-over spot.  And Byrne-Milliron Forest is a must-do with your canine companion. Yes, the views are great, but what sets this Land Trust of Santa Cruz County property apart are the sculptures and other works of art scattered about the trail. You’ll see sprites, goddesses and other smile-inducing installations as  Read more.

Spring into Yosemite

Spring is the perfect time to visit Yosemite with your pups as the snowpack melts, waterfalls rush and wildflowers start to bloom.  Read more.

Hear the lonely whistle blow, watch the plants bloom

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Photo by Jessica Bay.
When visiting Fort Bragg with your dog, there are two activities you won’t want to woof out on. First is Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, a dog-friendly, bluff-top showplace best known for rare species of rhododendrons that thrive few places outside Southeast Asia and the Himalayas.  Read more.

Put tails to trails in and around Redding

Photo by Johannes Krupinski.
Like to hike? You’re in luck in the Trail Capital of California, as Redding has so aptly branded itself. The city boasts some 80 miles of trails within its city limits and hundreds more within a 20-mile radius of its core.  Read more.

Dog-friendly EBMUD: What is it?

Photo by Paulius Dragunas.
While many visitors to the Concord/East Bay are familiar with the expansive East Bay Regional Park District, the preserves managed by the East Bay Municipal Utility District are off-the-grid for most. Yet two recreation areas surrounding reservoirs offer plenty of sights, sounds and sniffs to keep your tail-wagger engaged, although she’s not allowed in the water.  Read more.

Unique outdoor adventures

Photo by Greater Palm Springs.
If you think the only outdoor activities in Greater Palm Springs for you and your dog can be found on hiking trails and at dog parks, we have a surprise for you.  Read more.

Yosemite in winter: Doglicious!

Forget all those reports you read about hour-long traffic backups to get into Yosemite National Park in summer. In winter, this iconic slice of the American West is an un-crowded paradise for you and your four-legged friend.  Read more.

Big dog-friendly opportunities at Big Bear

After a hike at Big Bear Lake. Photo by Tommy Lisbin.
Just as Lake Tahoe is a vacation magnet for NorCal residents, so Big Bear Lake, two hours from LA, is a major draw for South State residents. Sister ski areas Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Summit are family-friendly magnets for skiers and riders, but there are many snowy options for DogTrekkers, as well.  Read more.

At Tahoe: Plowed trails for tails

Sometimes when in snow country you just want to walk the dog, not make a gear-heavy, ski or snowshoe production of it. At Lake Tahoe, you’re in luck with a network of plowed, multipurpose trails   Read more.

East Bay park gets a new name

The East Bay Regional Park District is honoring one of its earliest champions of parks and open space by renaming Redwood Regional Park, located in Oakland, after Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt, whose contributions played a substantial role in the formation of the East Bay Regional Park District in 1934.  Read more.

Cove Oasis Loop, La Quinta

The Cove Oasis Loop, nestled at the base of the Southern Santa Rosa Mountains,offers the perfect stroll for families and their four-legged friends. The mostly flat, gravel path begins at the top of the levee, a few steps into the Cove Oasis, a 114-acre open space set aside by the city.  Read more.

Desert hiking safety tips

Photo by Daniel Tuttle.
Before heading out on your next adventure with your dog, check the basics of dog desert safety. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, many Greater Palm Spring hikers can’t wait to soak up some rays on their outdoor adventures with their pups.  Read more.

Vacaville: A dog-friendly base camp for new discoveries

Lagoon Valley Park, Vacaville.
There’s a lot more to Vacaville than meets the eye when whizzing past it on Interstate 80. Dog-friendly lodging abounds (take note: it’s lot less expensive than in nearby Napa or Sonoma), but perhaps one of Vacaville’s biggest assets is its central location as a basecamp.  Read more.

Luxury Gold Country farm visit

Photo by Dog & Pony Ranch.
DogTrekker showcases many different types of lodging and family experiences, but none quite compares with the farm stay adventure at Dog & Pony Ranch in Amador County. Maya, DogTrekker.com’s Director of Barketing, loves hiking on the 60-acre ranch, swimming in the dog-friendly pond, getting nose-to-nose with the horses, llamas, mini-donkeys and chickens (extensive fencing keeps dogs safely s  Read more.

Hit the trail

When you and Duke want a dose of adventure, head out on one of the dog-friendly trails in Greater Palm Springs.  Read more.

Pick a park and take a walk

Tower Bridge, Sacramento. Photo by Chris LaBasco Photography.
Sacramento, California’s “City of Trees,” takes great pride in its shady parks. William Land Park, just south of downtown, is its largest urban oasis. The 166-acre preserve is home to a zoo, a golf course, an amusement park, duck ponds, picnic grounds and miles of canine-friendly walking paths. Among many other events, it hosts the annual Doggy Dash and Bark in the Park Festival   Read more.

Going to the snow? Get a Sno-Park permit first

It's winter and we get it: 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.  Read more.

Best dog-friendly hiking near Concord

Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
The East Bay has a remarkable network of hiking trails, and Concord offers easy access from within the city limits, as well as several great dog hikes just a short hop away.  Read more.



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