Best Hikes with Dogs Bay Area and Beyond  by Thom Gabrukiewicz

Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond Guide Book

by Thom Gabrukiewicz (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Hikes with Dogs Bay Area and Beyond  by Thom Gabrukiewicz
Thom Gabrukiewicz and canine companions Scully and Trinity have hiked more than 2,000 miles together to select the best trails for optimum canine enjoyment in the Bay Area and beyond. These trails do not require leashes (except in parks as noted). More than two-thirds of the hikes are on lesser known trails where travel is light and where you're unlikely to meet horses, bicycles, or motorized vehicles. They avoid steep, rocky terrain and offer lakes or streams as a reward. Additional features include what to pack for your pooch (The Ten Canine Essentials), and a Trail Finder chart that lists hikes by terrain, difficulty for dogs, leash regulations, and more.

© Thom Gabrukiewicz/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 75.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 75.

This area is managed as part of a 24,000-acre watershed that brings drinking water to 246,073 people in Marin County, but you could have fooled me—the sprawling area includes five lakes stocked with t ...
Fairfax, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
Every city, it seems, has a trail where dog walkers can see and be seen. In Sacramento, that trail is the American River Parkway, a 23-mile (one-way) paved trail that links Sacramento with the towns o ...
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 23
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
This trek takes you along the hidden bays and coves of 315-acre Lake Chabot; plenty of stairways lead to the water’s edge where you can cast a line or just admire the view. This area was closed to vis ...
Castro Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.6
Rolling grasslands, oak savannas, and a pretty little lake that’s got fish in it. This little slice of heaven is comparatively underused by most busy Bay Area residents. But that doesn’t mean you shou ...
Woodside, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
It’s just a wisp of a trail, based on north state standards, but the McConnell Arboretum Perimeter Trail packs a wallop for dog walkers, mountain bikers, and fitness striders. It’s been a few years in ...
Redding, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
This trail takes in a few miles of shoreline of California’s largest manmade lake. Lake Shasta was created when Shasta Dam was built in 1945, harnessing the waters of the Sacramento, McCloud, and Pit ...
Redding, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
The Hat Creek Rim is a 1000-foot ridge that invites all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts to play—from dog walkers and hikers, to mountain bikers and even hang-gliding enthusiasts. It’s not unusual to see ...
Burney, CA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 7
Your destination is the rugged stone lookout on Barnabe Peak. As the trail ascends, you’ll get a good look at Bolinas Ridge and San Geronimo Ridge. Once you make the top, stop to rest and take in the ...
Novato, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
This is the way to run a railroad, albeit an abandoned one. The Bizz Johnson Trail links Susanville and the community of Westwood and is a 25-mile multiuse route that follows the rugged Susan River ca ...
Susanville, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13
This is a hike where you wouldn’t expect it. Nestled in the developments and neighborhoods is a trek that features remote trails through forest of native trees—mixed hardwood and conifer and some red ...
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
road by way of a metal tunnel, then heads into a canyon in which up until 1900, the city had exclusive rights to mine gold. Indeed, the canyon still holds relics from the area. Once through the tunnel ...
Redding, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
The trail starts from a wooden gate and gains 700 feet in elevation is the first 2.5 miles, cutting through rough granite outcroppings as the wide and inviting path inches up the ridgeline. You’ll com ...
Olema, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
It’s hard to imagine that a place so wild and so rugged exists so close to the hustle and bustle of downtown Oakland. But Bort Meadow is a magical place where you can pretend you’re a Wild West settle ...
Castro Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
By late winter and early spring, the falls are at their most frothy white, and be prepared to get a little wet on the three stream crossings on the way to the falls. But in summer, when the temperatur ...
Redding, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
There’s a host of trail junctions on this loop, so it’s best to pick up a free map at the kiosk in the parking lot and match it up with a good topo map. From the gate near the information kiosk, start ...
Lafayette, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
Dogs that like to swim will love the Bullards Bar Trail. Owners who like to swim, fish, and view wildflowers will love it just as much. This easy trail follows the contours of Bullards Bar Reservoir, ...
Nevada City, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 14
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
This is a popular hike, since you’ll get two great lakes—the first right outside your car door and the second after a surprisingly easy trek into the rugged, 105,165-acre Mokelumne Wilderness Area. Th ...
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9
Fall is the best time of year for hardy souls to make those final backpacking trips before the blanket of winter tucks everything up in white—and the Caribou Wilderness Area on the backside of Lassen ...
Old Station, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF
It’s not the most powerful waterfall you’ll likely see in your life, more like a gurgling friend, a quiet spot to rest, relax, and step out of the rat race, if only for the hour it takes to wander tho ...
Fairfax, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
The science helps researchers understand some things about the world’s freshwater: how healthy it is, what’s happening to it, and how water quality can improve with time—and interference by people. Wh ...
Weed, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
pro VIEW TRAIL GUIDE ADD TO BOOKSHELF