Once you reach Pollock Pines on Highway 50, you’re deep into Gold Country. And on a hot summer day, nothing could be more appealing than a dip in a turquoise-blue lake and a hike around it with your four-legged friend. Jenkinson Lake is the centerpiece of 650-acre Sly Park Recreation Area, and it’s gorgeous.
The 8-mile trail around the lake’s perimeter branches off to a surprisingly dramatic waterfall where you’ll definitely want to pause for selfies.
The downside for DogTrekkers at this popular camping, hiking and boating destination: Dogs are not supposed to go in the water, although they’re welcome everywhere else. Claim a waterfront picnic spot, bring a bucket to wet your pet, take a dip on either end of your hike and you’ll all be happy!