California Off-leash Hikes With YOur Dog

Off-leash Hikes With Your Dog

California is the off-leash trail capital of the country. Throughout the state, you will find hundreds of miles of off-leash trails, fire roads and beaches where you and your pup can unleash and romp to your hearts content. This blog has been created to provide stories DogTrekker.com has written about these off-leash areas.

Have fun unleashed and be sure to send us photos and videos of your pup experiencing the great California outdoors.
 
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More In Marin

Maya and Loretta hike Mt. Tam <br/> Photo Credit: Dave Kendrick
Maya and Loretta hike Mt. Tam
Photo Credit: Dave Kendrick

Sure, there are many open-space tracts in Marin County where you and your dog can hike without being tied together. But there are more that offer big rewards in terms of scenery, even if your tail-wagger has to stay leashed. The Marin Municipal Water District maintains seven reservoirs, most within the Mount Tamalpais watershed, that make for great outings. You won’t run out of places to roam, as dogs are allowed to accompany you on most of the 130 miles of trails and unpaved roads on district lands. more »

Set the Scene in Santa Cruz County

Loki in Santa Cruz. Photo Credit: Kim Williams
Loki in Santa Cruz. Photo Credit: Kim Williams

Just a short hop south of the Bay Area, Santa Cruz County is diverse and exceedingly dog-friendly. Variety is the name of the game when it comes to dog-friendly lodging and dining—as well as other options for a yappy, outdoor-centric getaway. Here are some suggestions to get tails a’wagging. more »

Dogs Ride and Hike Free at Squaw Valley

Photo Credit: Nathan Kendall
Photo Credit: Nathan Kendall

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 advice: Sleep in, then head for High Camp, the high-altitude recreation complex at Squaw Valley USA, where a pool, hot tub, roller rink, limitless hiking options and plenty of free parking await. There are two ways up: the dog-friendly Shirley Lake Trail or the iconic (and dog-friendly) aerial trammore »

East Bay Hikes for Fresh-Air Fiends

Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: @rufiosf
Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: @rufiosf

Don’t come to Oakland or the Tri-Valley without your hiking shoes! You’ll need them, along with a leash, to explore open-space preserves more »

Three Dog-Friendly Options In South Shore

Three Dog-Friendly Options In South Shore

Photo courtesy Tahoe South 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. more »

Last Chance for High-Country Hikes With Your Dog

Dog on trail
Photo Credit: theilr (CC)
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 friends. Check conditions before you go, come prepared for changing weather, wear waterproof boots, keep an eye to the sky, bring water for yourself and your dog, pack snowshoes just in case—and enjoy. Here are five favorite rambles not far off of Interstate 80. more »

Tahoe Time

Frankie the dog a boat in Tahoe
Photo Credit: Lisa Perlman
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” captain, if needed) for exploring scenic Emerald Bay or simply cruising along the shore. more »

Tails from Tahoe: The Tunnel Creek Cafe

Dogs at Tunnel Creek Cafe
Photo: Laura M.
DogTrekker Laura M. was visiting Tahoe recently with her two travel-loving dogs and her mountain biking husband. While waiting to collect him and his bike from a Tahoe trail adventure, she decided to hang out with her furry companions near the staging area at the dog-loving Tunnel Creek Café. more »

Winter Wanderings in Lake Tahoe

Dog in the snow in Tahoe
Captain chillin' in Tahoe. Photo Credit: Garrett (CC)
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. The wild card is weather, so be prepared to embrace whatever conditions Mother Nature throws your way. Here are some of our favorite ways to play with our pups at Lake Tahoe. more »

Cozy Cabins in Lake Tahoe

Dog sleeping on surf board in a lake
Get away from it all in Tahoe. Carolyn Capitolo (CC)
The Sierra Nevada has already received its first dustings of snow, which means it’s time to lay plans for a winter visit to Big Blue. You’ll beat the crowds (and higher holiday prices) by planning a Tahoe visit before Dec. 15 or after the New Year’s holiday. November is also a great time to check out new digs, and we have some suggestions. more »

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Protecting Our Off-leash Rights

Many of these local, county and regional parks and preserves do have certain leash-up restrictions in parking areas and on single-path or private owner trails, such as in the Marin County Parks & Open Space and East Bay Regional Park District. Always follow the posted rules at the various trail heads and be sure to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Some dogs need to be leashed around horses, cyclists and other dogs as a matter of courtesy and safety for all. Also, let's protect our rights to these off-leash areas by always packing in and packing out, leaving only paw prints.




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