Dog-friendly Hikes

Dog-friendly Hikes

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Forest Bathing With Fido, Anyone?

Photo: Dave Kendrick
Photo: Dave Kendrick

The practice of “forest bathing,” or “shinrin-yoku,” popularized in the USA by a string of books including best-seller “Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness” by Japanese immunologist Quing Li, has taken off in Mendocino County. And there’s no better place to indulge in the practice of absorbing oneself in a forest atmosphere then here, where dog-friendly options amid the redwood giants abound. more »

Yosemite & Mariposa County Now Open!

Serenity in Yosemite - courtesy of Annie Nagel
Serenity in Yosemite - courtesy of Annie Nagel

We all know that Yosemite National Park is a great destination for you and your dog to visit, but an even better destination is Mariposa County, the home to Yosemite National Park.
 
The current travel climate makes getting into and planning your trip to Yosemite a bit more challenging. New restrictions make having a day-use pass or over-night stay in Yosemite a must for you and your dog. But have no fear, Mariposa County is a great and safe way to get you and your pup into the mountains for a weekend escape. To help you plan, we’ve provided four great dog-friendly activities to help make your weekend trip a blast. more »

Hit The Trails Near Yosemite

Early Morning on Ahwahnee Meadow. Photo: Teri Marshall
Early Morning on Ahwahnee Meadow. Photo: Teri Marshall

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. more »

Proactively Accessible Concord for You and Your Dog

Mary Bowerman Trail
Mary Bowerman Trail

Concord prides itself on being a proactively ADA-accessible city offering many ways for visitors with disabilities to experience and enjoy the region. more »

Go for a Gusher With Your Dog

Upper McCloud Falls / Photo: @cjthedalmation
Upper McCloud Falls / Photo: @cjthedalmation

OK, COVID-19 cost us some waterfall viewing time during their March/April peak flows, but the many waterfalls within an easy drive of where you are staying in Redding are still flowing.

For a quick taste, visit Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir. It’s right off Interstate 5 via a short path, has a generous parking lot, a viewing platform for photo opps and a cave beneath the falls for sensory thrills (your dog may or may not want to go there, so be alert!) more »

Put Tails to Trails In and Around Redding

Shasta Dam / Photo: @ohana_thehusky
Shasta Dam / Photo: @ohana_thehusky

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.

A heads up: there are still a few trails closed in the Whiskeytown area, but other than annual maintenance, most of the region's trails are open, and most are dog-friendly. You can check the status of your favorite trail by clicking on the link above and viewing the Trail System Overview tab.   more »

Sniff Your Way to the Garlic Capital of the World

Dog-Friendly Trails in Gilroy!
Dog-Friendly Trails in Gilroy!

Gilroy is a pet-welcoming destination that makes a great getaway any time of year.  The "Garlic Capital of the World" features outstanding restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, outlet shopping, and plenty of outdoor adventures for you and your four-legged friends.

Start by booking a pet-friendly hotel room at Best Western Plus Forest Park Inn, Motel 6 Gilroy or Quality Inn & Suites Gilroy so you can stay and play for more than just one day. Then make your first stop the California Welcome Center Gilroy (in Gilroy Premium Outlets) for helpful maps, valuable coupons, and insider tips to make the most of your stay.

Taste your way along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, where many wineries like Kirigin Cellars, Satori Cellars, and Sarah's Vineyards welcome dogs (and may even have some special treats waiting for them!). Take a stroll through historic Downtown Gilroy and indulge in the town's signature spice at Garlic City Cafe. There are many other outstanding restaurants that also welcome dogs, from authentic Mexican food at Los Pericos and Victoria's Mexican Restaurant to Asian cuisine at Ginger Cafe and Saigon 2 Siam Bistro.

Get out and enjoy the great outdoors on dog-friendly hiking trails at Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch Park, Mt. Madonna, and the Uvas Creek Levee. You can even meet up with other four-legged friends at the Heartland Dog Park, which has separate areas for large dogs and small dogs.

Plan your great Gilroy getaway today at VisitGilroy.commore »

Concord: Hike, Drink, Dine & Unwind

Concord: Hike, Drink, Dine & Unwind

The Contra Costa County town of Concord calls itself a “Northern California Original,” and it’s easy to see why. With a booming craft brew scene, creative dining options and a thriving music scene (it’s the birthplace of jazz great Dave Brubeck and the Concord record label), quick access to thousands of acres of open space and massive Mount Diablo looming in its backyard, it’s an East Bay oasis for outdoorsy types. more »

Dog-friendly EBMUD: What is It?

Lafayette Reservoir / Photo: EBMUD
Lafayette Reservoir / Photo: EBMUD

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. more »

Pick A Dog-Friendly Trail, Any Trail

Zoe and DJ Running at Fairmont Ridge. Photo: marymactavish (cc)
Zoe and DJ Running at Fairmont Ridge. Photo: marymactavish (cc)

If all 1,250 miles of trails within the East Bay Regional Park District stretched in a straight line up and down the West Coast, they’d reach from San Diego to Seattle. Instead, the pathways dip and dive over 120,536 open-space acres within a network of 65 parks enjoyed by hikers, bikers and equestrians, as well as DogTrekkers grateful for the opportunity to disconnect from the leash while away from developed areas. As you will see as you read on, many are close to the town of Concord. More... more »

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