Siskiyou County: Where dogs are a way of life

By: DogTrekker Staff
Dog on a lake in Siskiyou County. Photo by Siskiyou County.
Photo by Siskiyou County.

Dazzling waterfalls and wide-open wilderness define Siskiyou County, which borders Oregon in the Shasta Cascade region’s northwestern corner. This pup-friendly wonderland features dog parks in almost every community, along with laid-back trails, alpine treks, splashy swimming holes, beer gardens and other activities fit for furry best friends.

Annual events like Yreka Gold Rush Days and the Grinduro cycling festival welcome dogs, too, and fun here takes place against stunning Mount Shasta and Klamath National Forest backdrops.

Explore Siskiyou scenery on the inviting Dog Trail in Cast Crags Wilderness Area, wander old-growth forests on Mt. Shasta’s Gray Butte Trail, or discover the McCloud River’s Lower, Middle and Upper Falls on a gorgeous 3.8-mile loop. McCloud River camping is popular way to experience the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

To sample local lake life, book a stay at the dog-friendly Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort. The modern LOGE Mt. Shasta offers gear rentals and welcomes pets in camping spots or lodge rooms. Established in 1916, the McCloud Hotel presents a bed-and-breakfast experience with in-room jacuzzi tubs, garden suites and two on-site restaurants.

Cafes tucked throughout Siskiyou County welcome pups. Locals love historic Etna Brewing Co., Mt. Shasta Brewing Co. & Alehouse, and Yak’s Shack in Mount Shasta.


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