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best dog friendly adventures in CA



Traveling with pets can be one of the most rewarding experiences, but often one riddled with stress. Where do we stay/where can we hike?

Here are some of our favorite destinations that we have brought dogs to and have thoroughly enjoyed.



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Before you go, we just want to remind you of leave no trace & trail etiquette.

  • Pack appropriately for your pet. Include leash, water, dog bags, dog boots, trash bag, & anything else your pet needs.

  • Trail etiquette is super important to talk about- whether biking, off-roading, hiking. Keep your pet on trail. They are far less likely to cause harm to the ecosystem when they aren’t stepping on plants/chasing the wildlife.

  • Be respectful of other people & their animals. If you pet is not trained well enough to be off-leash, keep them on-leash. Your pup will be equally appreciative of their time outside & you’ll be happier when everyone returns safely.

  • Pick up after your pet. Their remains should be bagged & disposed of properly. This means that the remains should not be thrown in pit toilets at the trailhead- dispose of it responsibly.



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Now to the destinations.

1.     Cleveland National Forest.

We took our pups on a few different trails. We took them to summit Garnet Peak Trail as well as taking them to see waterfalls at Anahuac Springs & Three Sisters.

All of the hikes are doable and worth the hike. It’s also close to both Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

2.     San Bernardino National Forest.

There are 5 peaks in the SoCal peak challenge that you can hike with your fur friends. It’s worth the views & if they can handle 10+ miles, I would highly recommend bringing them with you!

3.     Los Padres National Forest.

Pets in this area are very common as many people in the area want to hike with their fur friends. Be aware in the summer, conditions can be hot & you don’t want to bring your pet during the middle of the day. However, some hikes we have done with pups and enjoyed are Cathedral Peaks, Seven Falls Trail, Mount Pinos & Inspiration Point.

4.     Inyo National Forest.

Some of our favorite hikes lead directly to lakes. We’ve camped in this area in the summer and the winter and have had fun in both sunny and snowy conditions. We love Convict Lake Trail, Crystal Lakes, and Laurel Lakes. June Lake is also worth a stop!

5.     Sierra National Forest.

Very close to the some of the other national forests listed here, this area also showcases countless lakes. We haven’t explored this area with our pets as extensively, but we have completed Angel Falls, Cliff Lake and Bald Mountain.



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