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SNO much fun, on a shoestring budget

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SNO-Parks offers some of California’s best, most affordable winter activities. For just $15 a day or $40 for the 2023-2024 season

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Plumas County: Majestic peaks and pup-friendly trails

Family Walk near Lake Almanor

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...

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Lake Tahoe unleashed: Fun and philanthropy at Wild Blue Dogs Camp

Discover a one-of-a-kind getaway with your dog at Wild Blue Dogs Camp in Lake Tahoe. Exciting sessions are set for this summer (June 3-9) and fall (Sept. 16-22). These all-inclusive...

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Happy Holidays! And more top destination stories of 2023, part 2

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Last week, we wished you a happy holiday season and listed the first five top destination stories of 2023. Here is part two of that popular series. Once again, the...

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Top destination stories of 2023

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As this year comes to a close, our greatest joy comes from expressing gratitude for the DogTrekker family. Your engagement

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Downtown Sonora

The modern present meets a Gold Rush past in downtown Sonora, recognized by Sunset for its shopping, dining and headline-making hotels.

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North Lake Tahoe: Wildly beautiful and perfect for pups

A golden retriever swims in Lake Tahoe

In the four-season wonderland of North Lake Tahoe, autumn stands out for its unforgettable beauty. Changing leaves lend gorgeous color

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Mindfully protecting the magic of Tahoe

Lake Tahoe.

The North Lake Tahoe region shares DogTrekker’s commitment to stewardship, and that’s why we’re proud to spotlight some of the many dog-friendly

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Dog-gone good lake adventures

yellow lab in boat on Lake Tahoe

Generations of families and four-legged friends have passed unforgettable afternoons atop Lake Tahoe. Maya, DogTrekker’s director of barketing, prefers cruising on open-bow powerboats from Tahoe City Marina, a very dog-friendly...

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Superb spots for splashing

Yellow lab playing in the water at Lake Tahoe.

Clear, cool waters make Lake Tahoe famous. The destination is also famously friendly for dogs. Furry family members love Coon Street Dog Beach,

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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.

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Ten of our favorite dog-friendly hotels and resorts in California

Dog in a hotel

California is a paradise for pet owners, with its picturesque landscapes, beautiful beaches, and a plethora of dog-friendly hotels. Here are ten of the best dog-friendly hotels in California, each...

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10 dog-friendly hiking trails in California

California’s diverse landscapes and stunning natural beauty make it a prime location for outdoor enthusiasts. The state is home to numerous trails that welcome dogs, offering a range of experiences...

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Welcome to summer events!

DogTrekker people at Bark in the Park, San Jose.

Check out these events for a cause! If you missed California rescue/adoption events this spring, no worries, the summer season is just beginning. DogTrekker.com's event section is filled with adoptathons, fundraisers,...

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Majestic, dog-friendly California mountain towns

Majestic Mountains dog

Let’s admit it. DogTrekkers are spoiled here in sun-kissed California. We escape to places where palm trees sway, and waves crash.

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Sit, stay and play in Mammoth Lakes

a person and a dog in the water.

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.

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The dish on dog-friendly South Lake Tahoe

a dog that is standing on the side of the road in South Lake Tahoe.

Just as Tahoe City is the gateway to Lake Tahoe’s north shore, dog-friendly South Lake Tahoe is the hub for many travel adventures on the lake’s southern shore.

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Delightful surprises in dog-friendly Tahoe City

A brown dog sitting in front of a sign in Tahoe City.

Tahoe City, set on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe in Placer County, is a popular destination known for stunning natural

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Placer County promises trails, thrills and tasty surprises

Placer County dog with hotel

Welcome to Placer County, a 1,400-square-mile playground where dog-friendly fun is always in season. From cosmopolitan Roseville and Rocklin,

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Unleash the fun: Book now for Lake Tahoe’s best-in-show dog camp

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Attention all dog lovers! Don't miss out on the tail-waggin' good time at Wild Blue Dogs' fall camp experiences in Lake Tahoe.

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Dreamy Placer County hotels for dogs and their families

Hotel dog

Placer County activities promise a tail-waggin' good time, of course. And when you’re ready to unwind, dog-friendly Placer County hotels, motels, B&Bs and vacation rentals offer

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Eat and drink like a local in dog-friendly Placer County

Dining dog

Farm-to-table fare is a California staple. That’s especially true in Placer County, where seasonal produce, wine grapes, hops and other ingredients come directly from

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The splashy side of Placer County

Splash dog

Majestic mountains and Gold Rush heritage set Placer County apart. You’ll also find golden opportunities for fun on the water.

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Placer County promises dog-friendly trails, thrills and tasty surprises

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Welcome to Placer County, a 1,400-square-mile playground where dog-friendly fun is always in season. From cosmopolitan Roseville

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Special events for you and your dog

Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash.

DogTrekkers are a giving bunch as witnessed by their support for the adoption/rescue community through donations, volunteering, and attendance at

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Cozy cabins in Lake Tahoe

Cozy Cabin with Dog

Plan a winter visit to Lake Tahoe before Dec. 15 or after New Year's to beat the crowds and high prices.

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California dreamin’ with your dog: The top 11 pet-friendly vacation destinations

California Dog

Marin County Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Marin County is packed with dog-friendly parks, beaches, and hiking trails. Check out popular spots like Muir Beach,...

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Top dog-friendly beaches in California

Fort Funston Coastal Sunset. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California, USA.

California is a paradise for both humans and their furry friends. With its sunny beaches, scenic parks, and endless outdoor activities, this state is the perfect destination for a dog-friendly...

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Book now for Lake Tahoe’s best-in-show dog camp

Woman on dock with two dogs at Tahoe

Four-paw fun at Lake Tahoe? While helping a dog-focused nonprofit? We're all ears... Wild Blue Dogs is now booking its 2023 camp experiences, and you’ll enjoy exclusive rates when you...

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Your pup-friendly guide to California snow season 2023

Girl playing with her dog in the snow.

Here in California, 2023 kicked off with a flurry of snowfall and storms. That means packed ski resorts and endless winter activities for families and their four-legged friends.

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Tahoe’s tail-waggin’ winter highlights 

Belgian Malinois at Kiva Beach at Lake Tahoe with snow

Lake Tahoe promises classic fun in any season, but this slice of California really sparkles during the winter. The destination is

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California SNO-Parks: SNO many options for dog-friendly fun

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Here's a DogTrekker secret: Stories about California SNO-Parks are among our most-read each year! There's lots to bark about

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Best dog-friendly lakes in California

Dogs on the beach at Lake Tahoe for dog-friendly lakes.

Looking for a great place to take your furry friend for a swim? Look no further! California is home to many beautiful lakes that are perfect for dogs.

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Relax on the River: Yosemite View Lodge

Yosemite View Lodge

Yosemite View Lodge has been family-owned and family-friendly (that includes four-legged family members!) for nearly 50 years.

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Arnold Rim Trail (video)

Skiiers at Jack's trail

Come along with Lily as she enjoys an off-leash hike on the Arnold Rim Trail in Arnold, CA.

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Cross country skiing: Jack’s Trail at Bear Valley

Skiiers at Jack's trail

Get a Bear Valley Adventure Co. trail pass for you and your dog and you're good to go on Jack's Trail behind Tamarack Lodge.

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Action packed fun: Play like a local in Bass Lake, CA (video)

Bass Lake video view

"Play Like A Local" all seasons on beautiful Bass Lake. Check out how the locals do it. Boat it, hike it or bike it, there are so many ways to...

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Woof it up in Vacaville

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So…what do you and your pup know about dog-friendly Vacaville and its slice of Solano County? Maybe not much if all you’ve done is zoom past the exits on Interstate...

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Paddleboard with your dog at Bass Lake (video)

boating at bass lake

Bass Lake in Madera County, 35 miles from the front gate of Yosemite, is a great place to paddleboard with your dog. Play like a local at Bass Lake!

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Bass Lake video

Bass Lake video view

Dogs and people can play like locals at Bass Lake, less then 20 miles from the front gate of Yosemite.

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Moving south in the Eastern Sierra

yellow labs swim in alpine lake

Keep your eyes on the road, because the next major attraction is Mono Lake, a geological anomaly preserved as a natural reserve to protect its tufa towers, calcium carbonate knobs and...

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To Bridgeport and beyond in the Eastern Sierra

red and white spaniel sits in front of tufas and Mono Lake

Oh, so many dog-friendly overnight choices! The town of Bridgeport, about 100 miles south of Carson City in Mono County, offers multiple options: The historic Bridgeport Inn (dog-friendly rooms are...

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Widescreen Yosemite adventure

Tenaya Lodge in the Fall

Home to towering waterfalls and 200-foot-tall giant sequoias, there’s no place like Yosemite. And Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite puts you just two miles from Yosemite National Park.

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Bark for some of our favorite dog-friendly campgrounds

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California is incredibly rich and varied in terms of geography, and its thousands of dog-friendly campgrounds are equally as diverse. From the mountains to the ocean to the desert, there’s...

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Fresh produce and new food trails

Vacaville Taco Trail logo

From high-end outlet stores to the dog-friendly Western Railway Museum to cafes catering to four-legged family members, Vacaville is a dynamic place to discover something new. There’s a budding food...

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Fetch special rates for fall camp by Wild Blue Dogs!

Wild Blue Dogs Camp dogs and people

Dreaming of Lake Tahoe's mountain landscapes, fresh air and hiking adventures? Interested in private beach access, plus a full week of fun and education for you and your pups? You...

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Where to eat in Concord

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Concord has a dizzying number of dog-friendly restaurants —nearly four dozen and counting! You’ll find several in the Concord Perro Trail guide, including Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Eureka!, Five...

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Summer soars in Yosemite at Tenaya Lodge

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Located just two miles from Yosemite National Park, dog-friendly Tenaya Lodge specializes in memorable summer moments for the entire family.

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Bucket-list cottages and cabin escapes

Beagles at California cabin

Whether you prefer a farm stay in Gold Country, a trek along Yosemite trails, or a Marin County coastal stroll, you'll always find great options.

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Snow dogs! Where to ruff it up in the white stuff

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Those of us who live in California have to pinch ourselves in thanks for proximity to gorgeous mountain environments just day-trip distance away. Even if you don’t live in a...

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Tahoe snow play & stay: Dog-friendly hotels in Lake Tahoe

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There are so many dog-friendly lodgings at Lake Tahoe that we can’t begin to inventory them all, but we can certainly point out a few favorites, as well as places...

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And SNO it goes

Teens with their German Shepherd on a walk in a winter park

Free parking can be hard to find when you’re looking for a place to romp ‘n’ roll in the snow with your pup. And while California’s 19 Sno-Parks aren’t quite...

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Tahoe Splash: Dog-friendly things to do in Tahoe

Two dogs and woman in Tahoe

Looking for dog-friendly things to do in Tahoe this summer? Go for a beach romp, a hike or a tram ride—or, go to camp with Wild Blue Dogs!

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Stay and Play in Concord

Concord hotel

Concord is a convenient, one-tank trip from several Bay Area, Sonoma and Napa communities. Visit the new Concord Visitor Center for travel inspiration, hike scenic regional parks with your pup,...

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Favorite California campgrounds for dog lovers

Border collie in tent at campground

New discoveries are nice, but so are places to which you and your four-legged buddy return time after time. Here are a few of our paw-tested California campgrounds for dogs.

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Romp ‘n’ roll at a Sno-Park

Girl playing with border collie at a Sno-Park

California’s Sno-Park sites, most in the Tahoe basin but some farther afield on the flanks of the Sierra, are white oases for winter fun.

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Cooper loved to Travel

Cooper at the beach

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.

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Dog daze of summer!

Boston terrier standing on beach

Use DogTrekker.com or the DogTrekker mobile app to finds beach websites, park phone numbers and directions.

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Leave no dog behind

Woman volunteer  with homeless dog at shelter

One simple mission has always guided DogTrekker’s work: Leave no dog behind, whether you’re on vacation or at a shelter.

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Buckle up for big mountains, big fun at dog-friendly Mammoth

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Yes, it can be a bit of a drive depending where you start out—but a beautiful one. Highway 395 skirting the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada deserves lots of...

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Go Big at Big Bear

Beautiful red dog at Big Bear

It’s a bit off the radar for Northern California residents, but if SoCal calls, consider soaking up a change of scenery at Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino county. Yes,...

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Conquer Concord With Your Dog

Mexican Chihuahua in Concord

So where is Concord? To some, it’s one of those drive-by exits off the highway on the way from here to there. But to DogTrekkers who make time to linger,...

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Linger Longer at a Patio Table With Your Pup

Dog hanging out at a patio table

October on the coast can be chilly, so pack a jacket when choosing a dog-friendly patio for an al fresco meal. Toasty outdoor heaters add ambience, and most restaurants have...

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Find A Dog-Friendly Place In Placer County

Dog on trail in Placer County

Placer County is large and diverse, stretching from just north of Sacramento County all the way to Tahoe’s north shore. In between are hundreds of square miles of national forest...

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Wild Blue Dog Camp

Still Booking for September 7-13, 2020   Does it break your heart to leave your best buddy behind when it comes to vacation planning? Then your vacation dream has come true! Wild...

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Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

yellow lab

Bodie here is a goofball. In a good way. He's also really, really into tennis balls.

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Big dog-friendly opportunities at Big Bear

Dog at Big Bear Lake

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...

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Sno-Park with your pup

Beautiful Dog and Snowshoes with Snow and Blue sky

You spend a lot of time and gas money getting to Lake Tahoe, so why spend more time and money circling (or paying) for a place to park?

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At Tahoe: Plowed trails for tails

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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...

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What It’s All About, Ralphie?

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According to Wild Blue’s research, one in three dogs will get cancer, six million will be diagnosed in 2020 and most will die within a year.  Wild Blue’s need-based treatment...

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Say hello to summer on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore

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Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer trips and vacations at Lake Tahoe. If you’ve been to Tahoe, you know the lake

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Nothing to Growl About at Big Bear Lake

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Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County is an under-the-radar destination for Northern Californians, but in SoCal, it’s been a dear-to-the heart, dog-friendly summer vacation magnet for more than a...

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How to Reserve, and All About Campground Petiquette

Dog playing at Campground Petiquette

You snooze, you lose when it comes to securing summertime campground reservation on the California coast or at popular vacation spots like Lake Tahoe. But there are strategies to finding...

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Scenery rules at these dog-friendly campgrounds

dog sits in front of campfire with view of river

Three pet-friendly campgrounds at MacKerricher State Park, just three miles from Fort Bragg in Mendocino County, put you smack on the scenic coast within sight and sound of the sea.

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You’ve Got A Wine-Tasting Place in Placer County

Big dog with wrinkles in Placer County

Stretching from Roseville to Lake Tahoe, Placer County is an up and coming wine region as well as a recreation magnet. Most of the 20 dog-friendly wineries and tasting rooms...

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Share a Bite

Dog sharing a bite with his person

Perfect weather for eating al fresco makes Greater Palm Springs an ideal locale to dine with your dog. In fact, countless eateries cater to pups with water bowls, treats, and...

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry With Your Dog By Your Side

Dog trying to get to a piece of pizza

Outdoor dining is an integral part of Sacramento culture, and restaurants with dog-friendly patios are too numerous to count. For walkability and a huge diversity of offerings, the Midtown residential/retail/dining/entertainment...

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Kick and glide with Fido at your side

a woman on skis next to a brown and white dog in the snow.

What, you’re a cross-country skier and your dog doesn’t have a season pass? Tahoe Donner Cross Country, consistently ranked as one of the best XC resorts in North America,

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Strap on the Snowshoes and Get Moving

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If you haven’t tried snowshoeing, what are you waiting for? You don’t have to invest in your own equipment if you’re new to the activity. Snowshoes are available for rent...

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Plowed dog walking trails? We’ll bark for that!

Plowed trail

Let’s say there’s been a recent snowstorm, your dog needs exercise and you want a place to walk without donning snowshoes or skis.

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Little Jo’s Yosemite adventure

Little Jo in Yosemite

It was one of those "Yahoo" moments that I found out the way to bring my little Jo to Yosemite. It was rewarding being in Yosemite with my fur baby overlooking...

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Chow down with your pup within sight of the sea

Dog at restaurant near the sea

Travel with your dog can be very rewarding, but there are always a few problems to solve—such as finding restaurants where your dog can join you beside or beneath your...

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Summer’s last splash: Gotta lake it!

Senior golden retriever standing in Fallen Leaf Lake with boats and mountains in background.

When Northern Californians mention “The Lake,” you know they’re talking Tahoe. September is “tweener” season at Big Blue, a time when locals breathe deep, tourism drops off and visitors in...

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Get a dog-friendly lift at Mammoth or Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe Tram

Both you and your dog will enjoy the novelty of a lift-assisted hike at the Northstar California, Palisades Tahoe or Mammoth Mountain ski resorts, all of which welcome four-legged passengers in...

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Make Apple Hill a dog-friendly tradition

Dachshund with red apple in mouth and chihuahua running on green grass

September and October in El Dorado County means apples and all the good things, from cider to pie, that go with them.

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A Tahoe classic that rewards with a splash

golden retriever on riverbank

Tahoe is at its glorious best in summer, and the hike up Shirley Canyon to the High Camp recreation complex at 8,200 feet is a classic.

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Stroller-friendly hikes for wheels, feet and paws

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There are thousands of places to hike with kids and dogs in California, but if you’re new to an area,

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Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Woman on dock with two dogs at Tahoe

If you like camping and wouldn’t think about taking off for the wild blue yonder without your four-legged companions, consider giving your team an entire, activity-packed week together in the...

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Tips and Tricks for Reserving a Dog-Friendly Campsite

Big white dog at dog-friendly campsite

So you want to go camping this summer but it’s May already, and California’s coastal campgrounds, as well as those at Lake Tahoe, have been fully booked months in advance....

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A few of our favorite dog-friendly campgrounds

dog camping in the car.

Almost every public campground in California is dog-friendly, but that doesn’t mean your dog is welcome to hike with you, even on a leash.

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Bark early to reserve these primo camping spots

Two beagles in tent looking out at trees

OK, let’s face it: the early bird gets the worm—or in some cases, the campsite. Mark your calendar six months in advance and either go

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Dog-friendly Highway 20 preserves beckon in spring

3 dogs in back of suv

The Sierra foothills cover hundreds of square miles, so your best bet for a wildflower-and-waterfalls weekend is to narrow down an itinerary. Our suggestion: take Highway 20 east out of...

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Liquid rewards in our National Parks

Whiskeytown Falls

We can’t gush enough about the dog-friendly waterfall hikes and photo opportunities waiting for you

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It’s a Wonderful Life For Bella

Bella on a dog bed

Just in time for the holidays, we received this heartfelt account from DogTrekker.com reader Alison P.: On October 4 I opened your email newsletter, Treat Your Dog to Autumn Adventure...

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Finding Gold in El Dorado County

Dog in front of historic cabin in El Dorado County

Talk about diverse: El Dorado County stretches from the city of Folsom, at the beginning of the Sierra Nevada foothills, all the way up to Lake Tahoe and the High...

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Fourth stop: Truckee to Mammoth Lakes

abandoned building in Bodie

You have a couple of options here, but the most direct route sends you back to Lake Tahoe and around the North Shore via Highway 267 to its intersection with...

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Fifth stop: Mammoth Lakes back to Sac via Yosemite

a brown and white dog laying in front of now covered mountains

Allow a full day—or more, if time permits—for the long but scenic drive back to Sacramento via Highway 120 over Tioga Pass Road through Yosemite National Park.

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Second stop: Highway 50, Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe with rocky surroundings.

Of the two primary ways to get to Lake Tahoe from Sacramento (Interstate 80 or Highway 50), 50 is by far the more scenic.

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Third stop: South Lake Tahoe to Truckee

Historic buildings on edge of Lake at Tallac Historic Site

Highway 89 along Tahoe’s West Shore is a treat for the senses on many levels. It takes about an hour in non-traffic conditions to drive straight through, but why would...

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Make tracks to Tahoe

Historic buildings on edge of Lake at Tallac Historic Site

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.

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Crystal Blue Persuasion

Dog overlooking crystal blue Lake Tahoe

You’ve probably seen, en-route to Lake Tahoe on Highway 50, the left-turn lane directing traffic onto Ice House Road leading into the Crystal Basin Recreation Area. Take time to explore...

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Exceptions to California state park rules

coastal view of ocean and boulders at MacKerricher State Park

Most California State Parks restrict canine companions to campgrounds, day-use picnic areas and paved roads, but we’ve found a trio that allow four-paw venturing on dirt trails.

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Cuddle up at Lake Tahoe

Dog snuggling on a  hotel room bed in Lake Tahoe

You know that Lake Tahoe is a great spot to play in the snow, not just for skiers and boarders, but for any brand of DogTrekker who enjoys navigating in...

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Get Some Snowshine at Lake Tahoe

Dog in the snow and sunshine at Lake Tahoe

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...

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Mammoth opportunities

Dog by trees at Mammoth California in the fall

Three hours south of Tahoe and five hours northeast from Los Angeles, Mammoth Lakes beckons not just downhill skiers, but DogTrekkers vacationing with their best four-legged friends.

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Here’s where to SNO-PARK

welsh corgi dog running outdoors in the snow

Wondering where to go to the snow with Rover? Start with a look at the DogTrekker SNO-PARKS page and map

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The National Forest/BLM advantage

Dog running on BLM land

State parks and national parks are notoriously unaccommodating when it comes to dogs. With few exceptions, four-paw visitors aren’t allowed outside developed campgrounds or off of paved roads and paths....

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Doggin’ It On The Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Coast trail

You don’t have to be a lean and hardy thru-hiker to enjoy sections of the famous Pacific Crest Trail stretching 2,560 miles from Mexico to Canada. It travels through some...

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Paradise for water dogs

yellow lab swims in lake

DogTrekker.com reader Jan N. alerted us to a secluded public dog-friendly beach that she and her dog Angel discovered on the way home from a camping trip to Lake Tahoe.

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Ah, September: Tahoe without the crowds

Tahoma Meadows Cottages sign and cottage

After Labor Day, tourist crowds vanish from Lake Tahoe and locals take a breather. DogTrekking visitors can take a deep breath, too, with easy-to-get reservations at pet-friendly properties.

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See more on Highway 4

dog stands in shallow water of river bank

Highway 4 in Calaveras and Alpine counties is one of our favorite routes for a summer road trip, offering way too many attractions and diversions for a mere weekend.

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Get your buttes in gear

two beagles in rowboat with Sierra Buttes behind

The Lakes Basin Recreation Area straddles Plumas and Sierra counties about 70 miles north of Lake Tahoe. It's truly a land of lakes, with more than four dozen pools

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Dogs ride and hike free at Palisades Tahoe

Squaw Valley meadow with mountains

Lake Tahoe is at its glorious best in summer, but you have to be a very early riser to get a parking spot at a dog-friendly beach on weekends. Our...

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Go with the rivers’ flow

Dog wearing red life vest asleep in kayak

Your dog may not be able to paddle her own canoe, but you’ll have a blast paddling for her with an assist from an outfitter who knows how to help...

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More Wet Ways to Play

golden retriever on stand up paddleboard

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, SUP for short, is an emerging sport with Hawaiian heritage that’s caught on big all up and down California. The newest craze: teaching dogs to hitch a ride....

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Tahoe under paws: Lake Tahoe dog beaches

Lake Tahoe near Emerald Bay

Lake Tahoe —aka “Big Blue—is Northern California’s favorite summer playground, but to enjoy it to the fullest with your B4LF (best four-legged friend), you’ll need to do your homework before...

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DogTrekker APPlause!

Photo Credit: Melanie B. Melanie B. wrote in to let us know that she discovered dog-friendly Chimney Beach while on a trip to Tahoe, thanks to the DogTrekker App! She...

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Swooning for Wildflowers

Dog running through wildflowers

One of the most prolific wildflower shows in California blooms in early July at Carson Pass on Highway 88, about a half-hour south of Lake Tahoe. We’re talking head-high stands...

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Roam among giants

beagle on rock in front of trees

We’re all familiar with giant sequoias, those massive, awe-inspiring sentinels of the forest found only on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. The most famous groves (Mariposa and Grant)...

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Reserving Your Spot in the Fun

Dog prancing in front of tent

If you have your sights set on one of California’s uber-popular (and dog-friendly) coastal, national park or Lake Tahoe campgrounds, it’s probably too late to snag weekend dates for your...

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Beach bliss at South Lake Tahoe

A couple of dogs standing on a sandy beach at Lake Tahoe dog beach.

Looking to spend some quality beach time with your four-legged pal at Lake Tahoe's South Shore? We've scouted out the spots where Sparky is welcome to romp in the sand and...

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Get off the beaten track

Twin Lakes

Sure, Tahoe is great in winter—but so are the Lost Sierra and Mammoth Lakes regions, which take longer to reach but reward with plenty of cold-weather fun.

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Three dog-friendly options in South Shore

View of Lake Tahoe with paddle boarders.

Maybe you knew about these dog-friendly South Shore options—or maybe not. All are worth checking out next time you visit with your four-legged friend.

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Strap on the snowshoes: Dog-friendly snowshoeing in Tahoe

Dog sitting on snow near snowshoes

Anywhere there’s snow, you can snowshoe. Pick a bluebird day and pack plenty of pep for an excursion to Echo Lakes, the southern gateway to Desolation Wilderness

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The adventures of Alvin & Theodore

Alvin and Theodore at DogTrekker booth

Alvin and Theodore at the Bay Area Pet Expo Brian and Tabitha stopped by the DogTrekker booth at the 2016 Bay Area Pet Expo to say hi and introduce us...

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Dreyfus discovers Tahoe

Lake Tahoe near Emerald Bay

Hope and Dreyfus at Emerald Bay Hope S. and her dog Dreyfus take a mini vacation to Lake Tahoe and write in to tell us all about their dog-friendly adventures.

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Last chance for high-country hikes with your dog

dog stands in shallow water of river bank

This in-between time of year, when snowfall in the mountains is still light or nonexistent, is a great time for one last hike in the high country with your four-legged...

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Discover the ‘Lost Sierra’

Photo Credit: J (CC) This scenic region an hour north of Lake Tahoe in Plumas County has been making family vacation memories for generations, but it’s just now appearing on...

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Napa Valley’s Chow Palaces

Photo Credit: HannahWebb (CC) The dog-friendly attitudes that prevail at Napa Valley wineries extend to many of the region’s famous restaurants, as well, meaning that as long as the weather is...

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Tahoe time

Lake Tahoe

Dying to get out on “Big Blue” with your pup? Tahoe Keys Boat Rentals and its affiliate locations will fix you up with a dog-friendly boat (and a “boat butler”...

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SUP with your pup

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding has caught on big-time with canine passengers as well as the people who do the paddling. Most dogs love to ride along, although it can take some coaxing...

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Tails from Tahoe: The Tunnel Creek Cafe

Incline Village, Lake Tahoe.

DogTrekker Laura M. was visiting Tahoe recently with her two travel-loving dogs and her mountain biking husband.

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Get a dog-friendly lift in Lake Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe Tram

As anyone coming up to Lake Tahoe from sea level knows, that first day of hiking above 6,500 feet is a pant-inducing endeavor.

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Reserving a Camping Spot for Spot

Fluffy husky mix in front of tent

So, a friend told you about a great place to camp with your dog. But how do you make reservations? Here are some places to start: Reserve America handles reservations...

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Five Woofy Waterfront Campgrounds

Collie running through water at a waterfront campground

Dogs like being around water as much as people do, whether or not they’re required to be leashed. A few of our favorite places to camp and splash, from north...

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Top Spots for Soaking Up Mountain Majesty

Doberman mix at tent on top of mountain

Rise above the summer heat at these high-elevation campgrounds.

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Kayla Puttin’ On the Ritz

Kayla at the Ritz Carlton

Kayla, DogTrekker.com's Director of Barketing, Chief Operating Dog and Research Lab, visited the Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe last week and really did put on the Ritz. Despite it being late...

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Ways to snag prime reservations

Dog and family at Tenaya Explorer cabins

Whether your heart is set on camping at Big Sur in July or spending a June week at dog-friendly Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, snagging a reservation, especially for a high-season...

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Reserve summer campsites now

Two beagles in tent looking out at trees

You snooze, you lose when it comes to securing summertime campground reservations on the California coast or at popular vacation spots like Lake Tahoe.

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Winter wanderings in Lake Tahoe

welsh corgi dog running outdoors in the snow

Whether there’s lots of snow or not a flake at lake level, your pup will appreciate a winter break at Northern California’s favorite playground as much as you will.

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Tails in Tahoe

Fallen Leaf Lake

Most hikes around Lake Tahoe—and there are hundreds—can be enjoyed with your best friend. But if your goal is to bask in fall color

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Dog-friendly Lake Tahoe beaches

Senior black lab stands in lake with stick floating nearby

Summer is in full swing and Lake Tahoe is one of the top DogTrekker destinations. So we want to share some of the places to take your dog for a dip...

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Reserving a camp spot for Spot

Sleepy husky in tent

So, a friend told you about a great place to camp with your dog. But how do you make reservations? Here are three places to start. Plus some tips to...

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On the way to Yosemite: East entrance

East entrance of Yosemite

Cody, Tioga Pass. Photo: Patti Thompson 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,...

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Close Encounters in Nevada County

Baxter and Montana in Nevada County. Photo: Bob White (CC) Truckee, Grass Valley, Nevada City…. some of Northern California’s favorite dog-friendly vacation destinations are situated along the Highway 49 and...

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Wandering El Dorado County

Gus at Echo Lake. Photo: Kat Stan (CC) El Dorado County is one of the state’s most diverse when it comes to beguiling attractions. From dog-friendly wineries and hip historic...

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On the road to Yosemite

view of Yosemite Falls in fall

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...

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DogTrekker’s best river adventures

Dog in canoe at Catch a Canoe in Mendocino

Among our favorite go-to spots is the languidly flowing stretch of the Russian River around Healdsburg. Russian River Adventures rents dog-friendly inflatable canoes for full-day trips where you can enjoy...

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Make a splash at North Lake Tahoe

French bulldog wearing life jacket swimming in lake.

Time to take your dog swimming at Lake Tahoe's North Shore! Four-pawed visitors aren't welcome everywhere, but the DogTrekker crew has scouted some of the best dog-friendly beaches along the shores...

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Dogs love Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

As DogTrekker.com readers already know, Lake Tahoe is a paradise for dogs. They also tell us that  Tahoe Keys Resort is the most dog-friendly place to stay.

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Prettiest dog-friendly place in Lake Tahoe

Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe

Debbie J., our latest Paw Tester wrote in to tell us about, The Pine Cone Resort at Lake Tahoe, 'the most fun place' she has ever stayed with her dogs,...

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Lake Tahoe’s South Shore and more

Titan at the Beach

Summer is prime time at South Lake Tahoe, for hotel stays and vacation rentals alike. A vacation rental can be your ticket to dog-friendly togetherness and flexibility; plus the lake...

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Cozy Canines in Cayucos

Cayucos beach

Strolling the beach at Cayucos If miles of dog-friendly beaches, delicious local cuisine and comfortable accommodations sound like your idea of fun, look no farther than the quaint little town...

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A Place to Let Lucy Loose on the Pacific Crest Trail

Mokie headed out on the Pacific Crest Trail Photo: Dennis Price And DogTrekker just got our paws on some great insider information from one of the El Dorado Forest Rangers about...

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Riverside romps

If you and your pup prefer paved trails to dirt ones, seek out the Truckee River Legacy Trail next time you head up to Lake Tahoe.Truckee River. Photo: Karen (CC)...

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Dogs Love Downieville

Dog running across grass in Downieville

Do you like to fish, hike, get away from it all? Plan a spring getaway to Downieville, a historic community set amidst some of the most gorgeous scenery in the...

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Doggie Action Galore at SnowFest

Snowfest dog. Photo: Lisa Sunde Wondering when to plan a dog-friendly winter getaway to Tahoe? Mark your calendar for February 29-March 9, when North Lake Tahoe SnowFest is in process....

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When it snows

border collie sits in show behind woman cross county skiing.

Yes, it will snow again — and when it does, you and your best friend will find groomed cross-country trails as well as limitless tracts of public lands to glide...

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Romantic retreats worth woofing about

Couple and dog by fireplace

It's February, and Cupid is calling. Time to sniff out an alpine love nest, just for the three of you. Don’t worry about the weather, as romantic splurges are as...

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Camp Layman, a Doggie Delight in the High Sierra

Camp Layman is Gracie's Favorite Place On Earth Gracie and her family have been coming to this cozy cabin at Camp Layman every year since her rescue in 2004. She...

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Pacified in Pacifica

Sprawled along the six miles of coastline just over the hills from San Francisco International Airport, the once working-class community of Pacifica has morphed into a haven for well heeled...

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Coastside Chow Down

Photo courtesy Moss Beach Distillery. Fresh-air activities are major draws on the San Mateo coast, and we all know how ocean-scented breeze and exercise work up an appetite in both...

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Over Hill and Dale in El Dorado County

Dog at Kids Inc. - Photo Scot Schrantz El Dorado County covers a lot of territory on either side of the Highway 50 corridor leading up to Lake Tahoe, and...

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Tahoe time

Tahoma Meadows Cottages sign and cottage

If crowds get you down, visit Lake Tahoe in September or October. You won’t quite have the place to yourselves, but relative to summer holiday weekends,

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Reserving a Spot for You and Spot

So, a friend told you about a great place to camp with your dog. But how do you make reservations? Here are three places to start: • Reserve America handles reservations for...

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Don’t Wait: Check Out Highway 88

There’s more to the Tahoe Basin than just the famous lake. Scoot south to the Highway 88/Carson Pass corridor and you’ll encounter a high, rugged world dotted with lakes and...

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Highway 50 is nifty

mountain view in Tahoe

From Sacramento and the Bay Area, Highway 50 is the main artery leading to and from South Lake Tahoe. What many travelers don’t realize, however, is how many great recreation...

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Settle into South Shore

senior golden retriever in lake

Where to stay is always the first consideration for DogTrekkers on overnight quests, and in South Shore there’s something for every budget, from the luxe Fireside Lodge B&B to the...

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More ways to play at Lake Tahoe

yellow lab swims in lake

Who says you can’t take your dog swimming at Lake Tahoe? True, there are only a few places in South Shore where you can,

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Treasure in El Dorado County

El Dorado county contains many recognizable-at-a-glance sites, most notable among them Lake Tahoe. But the Highway 50 and historic Highway 49 corridors through this scenic slice of California hold many...

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Rollin’ on a river with your dog

dog wearing life vest asleep in kayak on river with fog

How many times have you skipped an otherwise great activity because Spot couldn’t come along? Thanks to a handful of savvy Northern California outfitters, you don’t have to invest in...

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Dog-friendly day hikes

mixed breed dog on leash with man wearing hiking shoes on trail

The scenery is what it’s all about at Lake Tahoe, and there are so many dog-friendly North Lake Tahoe hikes that we can only mention a few favorites. If a...

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Dip into the blue

2 black labs swimming, one with stick in mouth

Of course you can take your dog swimming in Lake Tahoe! True, dogs aren't welcome everywhere, but that's not to say that canine-friendly splash spots don't exist.

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Paws overnight at North Lake Tahoe

Two dog-friendly dogs standing on a sandy beach in North Lake Tahoe.

After checking out the North Lake Tahoe scene, we at DogTrekker.com figure there are as many dog-friendly places to stay in as there are establishments that turn away canine guests.

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Lift Off!

Gabe on Northstar Lake Sure, you can hike your way up to Sierra Nevada ridge lines, but in North Lake Tahoe, you can also “cheat” and get a lift. Northstar...

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Gem of a Find in the South Bay

It can be hard to find a place where you can legally cut that pesky umbilical cord, otherwise known as a leash, that ties you and your furry friend together.

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Last call for Tahoe snowshoeing

Beautiful Dog and Snowshoes with Snow and Blue sky

If you've never tried snowshoeing, what are you waiting for? And if you have? Well, like we said, what are you waiting for?

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Shelter in the Tahoe snow

A dog running through the snow.

Tahoe in February is bound to be snowy, so pack up your dog and bring your cross-county skis, snowshoes and boots

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Paw Tested: Rustic Cottages

Are you looking for a rustic retreat after all the Holiday chaos? Maybe you are longing for somewhere you and your four-legged pal can relax for a weekend of snow...

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Not Just For Flakes

  Wishy-washy about when to plan a dog-friendly winter getaway to Tahoe? Mark your calendar for March 1-10, when North Lake Tahoe SnowFest is in process. This family-friendly series of...

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Winter hiking in Tahoe

A white dog hiking in Tahoe.

Sometimes you just want to walk the dog, not make a big, equipment-heavy production of it. At Tahoe, warm boots should suffice on most winter days if you stay around...

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Snuggle Up With Sparky

Tahoma Meadows There’s nothing like an old-style cabin to impart a sense of place at Lake Tahoe. We have a few dog-friendly favorites, starting with Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast...

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Park ‘N’ Play

You spend a lot of time and gas money getting to Lake Tahoe, so why waste more circling for a place to park? During a winter like this one, the...

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Paws, Poles and Snowshoes

Janet and Bo. Photo Janet Fullwood Anywhere there’s snow, you can snowshoe. Your hound, however, won’t float atop fresh powder like you do. He risks post-holing, floundering in tree wells...

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Road Trip

We know you like to travel with your canine companion; that’s what DogTrekker is all about. In the past year, we’ve loaded up our four-legged friends, hit the road and...

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Fall Walk With Fido

If you’re not already packed up and headed for the hills, get moving! The first week of October is prime time for fall foliage in the upper elevations of Gold...

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Sniffing Out Scenery In Sierra County

Dog sniffing scenery in Sierra County

Even during the summer high season, Sierra County, home to fewer than 4,000 souls, is off the beaten track for most Northern California travelers. In fall, it can feel like...

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South Yuba River State Park

Senior black lab stands in lake with stick floating nearby

We’d love South Yuba River State Park even if its many trails and swimming holes weren’t dog-friendly, and we bet you will, too.

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Dog-friendly Tahoe Keys Resort

Titan at the Beach

Lake Tahoe is a paradise for dogs, and at Tahoe Keys Resort you will find a variety of cabins, condos and homes that welcome dogs.

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10 ways to have fun with your dog at Lake Tahoe

Beagle looks over Lake Tahoe

Yes, you can take your dog swimming at Lake Tahoe! True, there are only a handful of dog-friendly beaches, but for most dogs, just one a day is enough. One...

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Lake Tahoe dog-friendly beaches

Malinois Belgian Shepherd dog jumps for frisbee on the shoreline

Yes, you can take your dog swimming at Lake Tahoe. Check out this full story for some well-known, and lesser-known spots for a swim.

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Ins and Outs of Reserving a Spot for Spot

So, a friend told you about a great place to camp with your dog. But how do you make reservations? Here are three places to start . . .

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At Tahoe: The ultimate doggie meetup

Two dog-friendly dogs standing on a sandy beach in North Lake Tahoe.

Who hasn’t gazed out at Lake Tahoe and wished there was a really good beach where dogs could run, leap, swim, dock dive and otherwise play to their hearts’ content?...

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Sleep green

Bardessono hotel solar array

Northern California leads the nation in the number of hotels—more than a dozen to date certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program....

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Join the Crowds

Cities all over Northern California will be throwing Earth Day celebrations this coming weekend, and dogs are welcome at just about any festival taking place outdoors. So put the leash...

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NorCalGuide App Debuts

One of our favorite destination apps for the iPhone and iPad this year is called the NorCalGuide. This comprehensive app covers both the Gold Country as well as the Central...

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Bark Your Way to Snowfest

Each March, North Lake Tahoe throws a 10-day, family-friendly party called SnowFest. It's the favorite winter whing-ding of the year for many locals, and chock-full of howlin’ good times for...

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Four For the Road

Whether you’re cruising the coast, heading to the high country or just passing through, having these chow-friendly rest stops bookmarked into your GPS can come in handy.

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Shoe you can do it

dog follows snowshoer

Anywhere there’s snow, you can snowshoe. Your hound, however, won’t float atop fresh powder like you do. He risks postholing, floundering in tree wells or even breaking through a snow...

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Hands-Free Leash Solution

If you’ve never tried snowshoeing, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is, at least on level terrain. But you’ll also be left wondering how your dog can come with...

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Kick, glide, bark

cross country skier with brown dog with snow and pine trees

Cross-country skiing is intensely popular in Northern California snow country, but if you prefer groomed trails at developed ski areas, your need to know where dogs are welcome and where...

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Pack a Sno-Park Permit

Ever tried finding a parking place on a bluebird winter day at Tahoe? The obvious spots can be as packed as your neighborhood mall during the Christmas season. But there...

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Run and Play

For all its recreational attributes, Lake Tahoe has few places where dogs can swim or romp off-leash. If your pooch needs to run off steam, we suggest a trip to

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Walk and Wag

Weather and snow conditions will have a big impact on where you can walk or hike in winter, but snow boots should suffice on most days if you stay around...

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Curl up in a cabin

Tahoma Meadows Cottages sign and cottage

There’s nothing like an old-style cabin to impart a sense of place at Lake Tahoe. We have a few dog-friendly favorites, starting with Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast Cottages on...

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Hole Up In A Hotel

When only a traditional hotel will do, we can suggest several, in several price ranges. If you can afford to put on the Ritz, the five-star Ritz-Carlton Tahoe is poised...

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Chow Down Among the Vineyards

The only aspect of a wintertime visit to Napa Valley that can be problematic is mealtime. While many restaurants, both casual and upscale, welcome dogs on their open-air patios, cool...

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Pick A Peck O Pumpkins

What’s Halloween without a visit to a pumpkin patch? The most prominent one in our area offers so many family activities you might as well pack up the kids (and...

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The Newest Craze

OK, so you've bought or rented snowshoes and/or cross-country skis and you're ready to get going. But the place you've landed requires your dog to be leashed, and how do...

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Stopping By Woods

If you've never tried snowshoeing, what are you waiting for? And if you have? Well, like we said, what are you waiting for? With apologies to Robert Frost, conditions for...

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Rest Your Paws

Charlie in Tahoe. Carole (CC) Tahoe abounds with dog-friendly places to stay, but for location and convenience, it's hard to beat Zephyr Cove Resort, a cluster of cabins in a...

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Drop Into Snowfest

Each March, just as high-season crowds start to dwindle, North Lake Tahoe throws a 10-day, family-friendly party called SnowFest. It's the favorite winter week of the year for many locals,...

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Heads on (Luxury) Beds

Can you afford to put on the Ritz? If so, the five-star Ritz-Carlton Tahoe is poised to roll out the red carpet for you and your pet. The $125 per-stay...

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Slivers of Silver

Silvers of Silver photo

South of Lake Tahoe, along the Highway 88/Carson Pass corridor, a string of silvery lakes tucked into a rugged mountain landscape beckon DogTrekkers who want to get into the high...

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Take it to Tahoe

kayakers on Lake Tahoe

Dogs won't fit in just any kayak, and expecting them to balance like acrobats on a slippery bow is unrealistic if not dangerous.

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Side trips from Tahoe

Donner Lake

If you're heading to or from Tahoe from Sacramento and the Bay Area on Highway 50, consider a half-day outing on Echo Lake,

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The Fall Advantage

Something interesting happens at Lake Tahoe after Labor Day: Poof! The crowds disappear. The weather doesn’t change appreciably for another six weeks, and the lake sparkles blue as ever, but...

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Paws to the path around Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe near Emerald Bay

Most hiking trails around Lake Tahoe—and there are hundreds—can be enjoyed in the company of your dog. For a short hike with liquid rewards, pack a picnic

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Float your boat

A man and a dog on a raft in the Truckee River near Tahoe City in Placer County.

For water fun at Tahoe, join the animated crowds of summer vacationers who rent rafts in Tahoe City

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Stay to Play

If you're coming to Tahoe for a week, consider a dog-friendly vacation rental in lieu of a hotel. Agate Bay Realty is one of many area real-estate firms that maintain...

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Tahoe splash spots

French bulldog wearing life jacket swimming in lake.

It can be tricky to find a beach at Lake Tahoe where you can bring Fido, but with a little planning you'll discover plenty of dog-friendly shoreline to dip your...

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North State Havens

Eighteen national forests encompassing 20 million acres of land are found in the Golden State. In Northern California, national forests blanket the spine of the Sierra, the crest of the...

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July 17: Now Sniff This

f you're headed up to Tahoe this weekend, Reno's Art Paws 2011 at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center on the banks of the Truckee River is the place to...

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Crystal blue perfection

yellow lab swims in lake

A body of crystal-clear water ringed by granite slabs—how Sierra perfect is that? Long Lake, in the Tahoe National Forest's Serene Lakes group off the Soda Springs exit on Interstate 80,...

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Horsing around

A scenic view of Horsetail Falls and the surrounding trees.

Who on the way up to Tahoe hasn't caught a glimpse of Horsetail Falls, the spectacular, 800-foot cataract visible from Highway 50 at Twin Bridges? The half-day trek to the...

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Wildflower Extravaganza

When it comes to five-star wildflower hikes, Carson Pass in the Mokelumne Wilderness south of Lake Tahoe has few rivals.

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Woof It Up At Northstar

At Northstar-at-Tahoe, just $6 buys a day's worth of scenic lift rides that Fido and family members 12 and younger can enjoy for free. The experience starts on the Village...

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Paw your way to High Camp

A group of people and dogs sitting at a table overlooking snowy mountains at Palisades Tahoe.

Palisades Tahoe iconic aerial tram offers what is perhaps the most dramatic scenic mechanized mountain high at Lake Tahoe. Many passengers in the dog-friendly stand-up conveyance

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Shades of Green

LEED certification isn’t the only indicator that a hotel is working hard to reduce its environmental impact. Other, less costly programs also underscore commitment to sustainability. Among the eco-standouts in...

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LEEDers of the Pack

Northern California leads the nation in the number of hotels—a dozen to date—certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The road to...

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Cabins in the Woods

Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast Cottages on Tahoe's West Shore is one of those semi-secret places that has developed a loyal following among outdoorsy couples and families traveling with their...

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Sno-Park Romp ‘n’ Roll

Easy access to areas where you can sled, ski and snowshoe without paying a fee can be difficult to find—unless you take advantage of the Sno-Parks program operated by California...

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