Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California Guide Book

by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Hikes with Dogs Southern California  by Allen Riedel

269pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 089886691X

Allen Riedel and his canine trail companions, Chewbacca and Socrates, have hiked thousands of miles together in southern California to select the best dog-friendly, dog-fun, and dog-safe hikes in the region. 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. On nearly half of the trails, off-leash hiking is permitted. The hikes avoid steep, rocky terrain and many offer lakes or streams as a reward. Paw comfort rating (whether you'll be walking on sand, dirt, or pavement) is clearly noted in the information block at the beginning of each hike description; potential dog hazards such as ticks or poison oak are described in the text. A Trail Finder chart in the front of the book indicates trail length, which hikes include water, swimming, or shade, which are "good for senior dogs" or "best for fit dogs".

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Trails from the "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 62.
... Preview: The Santa Ynez Recreation Area is a beautiful place to spend a spring or fall weekend. Even if you only have a half-day, there are wonderful opportunities for outdoor diversions. Campsites fill the va ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Santa Barbara, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.25
... Preview: The pine tree goodness of Palomar State Park is almost completely off-limits to dogs. With that in mind, there are other nearby areas to explore that offer variety and beauty without the entrance fees ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Temecula, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.5
... Preview: The trail is an unsigned wagon road to the left and below the path for Mount Baden-Powell/PCT. It is easy to find -just look for the “road closed” sign. This is the old mine road that used to convey w ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Wrightwood, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
... Preview: The San Jacinto region is a favorite of many Southern Californians. Most who visit here enthusiastically proclaim its resemblance to the Sierra Nevada, and this hike shows off many of those endearing ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Banning, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: Cabrillo Tide Pools is the only area in Cabrillo National Monument where your dog is allowed. If you visit the other areas of the monument, your dog has to stay in the car. This is usual policy at man ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
San Diego, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: This trail is classic Big Bear. Towering lodgepole pines sway in the wind well more than a hundred feet overhead. The air is crisp and vibrant here; this is one Southern California vale that routinely ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Big Bear Lake, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: If your dogs like the water, they will love this area. While this is not a hidden hike, it certainly is a gem of San Diego County, even though at times it seems like everyone in San Diego is at the ma ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Julian, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.25
... Preview: This is a straightforward hike on a dirt road. You head in and up to the top of a very impressive ridgeline. The gain is steady and actually makes for an exceedingly enjoyable climb. This area was com ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Hesperia, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
... Preview: The area north of Coal Oil Point through Sands Beach has been designated as critical habitat for the tiny Snowy Plover since 1999, and the dunes are now off-limits as the bird is listed under the Enda ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Goleta, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: The Cougar Crest is a well-traveled beginners’ trail. The first mile used to be an old fire road. The trail gains only a minimal amount of elevation until reaching the end of the old road. You will p ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Fawnskin, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: Cowles Mountain is the highest point within the city limits of San Diego. It is named after George Cowles an early ranch pioneer in Southern California. The surname is pronounced coals, even though ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
La Mesa, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: This is a magical yet secluded area of the Angeles National Forest. Chances are you and your dogs might be the only civilized life on the trail, even on weekends. The main reason for seclusion is that ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Llano, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.5
... Preview: Devils Punchbowl is a remarkable piece of organic handiwork. Mother Nature did herself proud in the production of this area. The San Andreas Fault meets the Pinyon and Punchbowl Faults, and the result ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Palmdale, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
... Preview: This route is the turnpike of the San Gorgonio Wilderness and with good reason. The sheer beauty and magnificence of this region can be reached relatively easily from this mostly shaded and well-grade ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Redlands, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: While this is not technically a “hike,” to leave this area out of a book on hiking with dogs in Southern California would be a complete shame. To put it bluntly, this is dog paradise. The entire islan ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
San Diego, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: This hike travels through the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. The wilderness was created in 1984 and covers over 38,000 acres of rolling hills, mountains, steep canyons, grasslands, coastal chaparral, an ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Murrieta, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
... Preview: After the picnic area, Mill Creek Road becomes Forest Service Road 2N10 (Skyline Drive). This road will take you very near the point; the trail crosses the road a short distance below the summit. A qu ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Big Bear Lake, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: Grays Peak is a fantastic adventure on the north side of Big Bear Lake. The trail begins by climbing up and away from the lake, eventually wrapping around the backside of the mountain. The water views ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Fawnskin, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: Huntington Dog Beach is the one place in Orange County where dogs can freely run over the beach. And run they do. You will find dogs of all breeds and sizes gamboling in the water and sand. The area w ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Newport Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: San Diego is one of the fittest counties in the nation. People hike, bike, run and exercise everywhere, and this is a decent-size peak with incredible clear-day views closely located to a major urban ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California"
Poway, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.75

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