Dog-friendly Castle Peak

Castle Peak

Soda Springs, California
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Easily accessible from Interstate 80, the Castle Peak area is a popular destination for summer hiking and winter snowshoeing or backcountry skiing. It is in the Tahoe National Forest not far off the Pacific Crest Trail, and adjacent to Castle Pass. 


Take the Castle Peak/Boreal exit off I-80 and park at the lot on the north side of the freeway, then proceed about 1.5 miles along a dirt road to access a web of hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails at the base of Castle Pass. From here, you can ascend to the 9,103-foot Castle Peak summit or follow the Pacific Crest Trail into Round Valley, where you can visit the historic Peter Grubb hut. 

Photo Credit: Samantha Levang (CC)
Photo Credit: Samantha Levang (CC)
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 of America’s most exquisite scenery—and it’s all dog-friendly with the exception of segments transiting national parks, California state parks and a few heavily trafficked wilderness areas. more »
Dog on trail
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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 »
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