Best Hikes with Dogs Central California  by Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly

Best Hikes with Dogs: Central California Guide Book

by Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Hikes with Dogs Central California  by Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly
Central California offers much to explore with your canine companion – from trails along the sandy seashore braced between Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo, on to the Eastern Sierra where rocky escarpments give way to an unfurling carpet of high-desert vegetation, ancient inland seas, and this glacial veins of water. This guide arms you with all the information you need to hit the trails! Includes: dog-friendly hikes on the Central Coast, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, and the Sierra Nevada; tips on etiquette, trip preparations, finding appropriate routes for your dog, reducing environmental impacts, and more; and features the most up-to-date information on leash laws and regulations.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes with Dogs: Central California" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 55.

This easy hike to an operating fire lookout is a real treat. Follow the trail that parallels the road just beyond the locked gate to the base of the lookout. On a clear day, the lookout captures the v ...
Fairview, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.62
The bonus on this loop is the stunning views of Kings Canyon leading to the largest of the Sequoia trees in a national forest. Ironically, the 269-foot-tall Boole Tree was named after the superintende ...
Wilsonia, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
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This is not the typical rave-worthy hike, but the breathtaking views of the Sierra Crest across the Owens Valley on this off-the-beaten-path jaunt add to the uniqueness of the experience. What makes t ...
Laws, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.81
This is dog country—local and visiting canines of all ages, sizes, and breeds romp and play from dawn to dusk all week long. Just follow your dog down the sand dune to the water’s edge. You can begin ...
Carmel by the Sea, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.33
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This spectacular setting between the Pacific Ocean and the mouth of the Carmel River has plenty of sights and smells to thrill any dog even at the end of a leash.
Carmel by the Sea, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.74
The short hike to Chicago Stump follows a pleasantly wide loop trail past a meadow on your left before arriving at the gargantuan stump. The 3200-year-old tree was cut down, transported to, and reasse ...
Wilsonia, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.55
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Although the hike to Chiquito Pass doesn’t boast dramatic scenery, it’s a pleasant, forested hike, with a moderate incline, into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The first highlight of the hike is the wide ...
Wawona, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.29
This hike, in the granite belly of the High Sierra spires, climbs like a stairway to the heavens, where lakes are jewels crowned by meadows and peaks, each emerging vista more intoxicating than the la ...
Aspendell, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.39
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Convict Lake is a mile-long, 138-foot-deep glacial lake nestled in a bowl, also known as a tarn, at the base of the moraine and probably the most dramatic high-country lake setting you will ever drive ...
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.55
This is just another postcard-perfect destination in exchange for a little sweat and heavy breathing. Follow the dirt trail, with its intruding large roots and scattered boulders, as it starts to clim ...
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.65
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This Dinkey Lakes Wilderness hike takes you past four lakes and several meadows at the edge of the forest cradled by granite mounds. The trail is mostly on a level to moderate grade except for the nec ...
Shaver Lake, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.86
Scamper up the dirt track contouring the mound until you reach the top of the sprawling, smooth granite cap. It’s just a skip Scamper up the dirt track contouring the mound until you reach the top of ...
Ponderosa, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.35
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The trail to the ridge is actually a well-maintained, little-used dirt and gravel service road leading to several communication towers and Los Padres National Forest trails. The road crosses private p ...
Santa Margarita, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.9
Until 1990, these 7200 acres comprised Fort Ord Military Reservation, enclosed by Highway 68, Highway 1, and Reservation Road. BLM public lands are historically among the most rugged and remote of our ...
Salinas, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.01
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This is a short and sweet jaunt with just the right combination of cardio workout, flowing water, shade, and views to satisfy both dogs and hikers.
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
This hike is relentless in its ascent but short enough and definitely rewarding enough to be worth the workout. You’ll be awed by the views and pooch will love the shallow, cool wading waters of Fern ...
June Lake, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.38
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At a glance, the high-desert landscape seems swept with stark aridness from the valley floor, up the hollows, to the edge of the western peaks. It comes as a surprise to be met by lush water-fed vista ...
Bishop, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.53
This short, unique, and educational hike takes you and pooch across a lava field to a dry lava canyon sculpted by the Owens River 12,000 years ago.
Little Lake, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.43
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This short, demanding cardio sprint is an incredibly rewarding hike but best appreciated after a couple of days of acclimatization. Even if you feel an adrenaline spike coming on because it’s less tha ...
Lundy, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
This trail has it all: shade from the oaks, buckeyes, and bay trees; towering redwoods; Kodak-moment swimming holes; six stream crossings with rustic bridges to keep your socks dry; fern meadows; view ...
Carmel Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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