Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in California with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
11 hours ago

Very beautiful in June. Many Giant Sequoias, butterflies, gatherings of ladybugs. Hiked with my seven year old granddaughter and she had a fabulous time exploring the shallow stream. Lots to see if one takes it slow. Many shady areas due to the wide variety of trees.

walking
11 hours ago

Nice and easy little stroll amongst some very majestic sequoias~! This is a very popular spot so be prepared to have to wait a little bit if you’re into taking pictures at certain trees. $5 to park right across from the trailhead. Sunscreen and bug spray will be helpful for you and your furry companion. Please be respectful of these amazing giants and Mother Nature in general—it was so upsetting to see that people have written dumb nonsense on logs and whatnot....stay on the trail and clean up after yourself and your pup(s).

This hike took me over three hours but it was the best hike I have been in Southern California. Lots of trees, and lots of water. Nice historical sites too. It is difficult but the trail is well stab list in most places.

Love this place , thank you JMLT!

hiking
15 hours ago

Nice and safe trail. Well marked and beautiful. It was a great way to spend a couple of hours on a gorgous day.

Decided to try something different and started at Forsee Creek to Shields, Anderson, San Bernardino East to West then descended via Johns Meadow. Great views, variation in terrain, and highly recommended except I underestimated the heat and only took 3L of fluid. My dog drank 1L and I ran out the last two hours. She was able to soak and drink at one small spring before the Johns Meadow split and at two larger creeks in the meadow but paranoid me decided not to drink from any and left the filter and purification tabs at home. Big mistake on a hot day that hit 80 in Angeles Oaks. GPS listed about 18.5 miles and 4436 elevation gain. This route is less traveled and I only ran into people descending from San B.

hiking
17 hours ago

Excellent. Previous reviews say it well. Note: your smart phone flashlight will NOT suffice (unless you like running the risk of stubbing your toes or tripping). Note regarding dogs: a previous reviewer cautioned dog owners regarding tender paws and lava rock. Here's my point of view: if your dog primarily hangs out in the house or on a backyard lawn then you may want to be careful about taking your dog through. The lava rock underfoot is dirt and mud covered, but it does poke out in multiple places and could hurt a tender paw. If your dog regularly walks or hikes with you on varied terrain including cement, gravel, rocks, etc. and you take reasonable precautions about which path your furry friend takes in the cave, you should be fine. My husky walks and hikes frequently; his paw pads had no problem with the cave floor.

Took the day off from work to hike on the first day of summer. The trail conditions were really good. Especially loved the fact that I had the trail to myself. Be aware that there are lots of flying bugs this time of year, and the weather is much warmer so make sure to plan accordingly. I can't stress how important keeping oneself hydrated is to the enjoyment of this hike.

hiking
19 hours ago

This trail was amazing at every step~! So much to admire and the sequoia trees are the icing on the cake~!! I do suggest you arm yourself and your furry hiker(s) with LOTS of bug spray—the amount of mosquitoes on the trail was bad and annoying at times. Otherwise, what a gem of a trail~!

hiking
19 hours ago

This moderately trafficked loop trail is well marked and beautiful. Along the trail we saw numerous native birds and wild flowers. Most areas are fully sun exposed, but there are a few shaded areas in the wooded segment of the trail. Although we hiked the looped trail, I do recommend the trail for runners, also. There is a connector option on the trail that cuts through the loop to make it a shorter hike if so desired. I recommend this easy to moderate trail and make sure to bring some water.

backpacking
20 hours ago

Gorgeous views and relentless climbing to reach the high Sierra backcountry, but absolutely worth the work. Parking is safe at the Rush Creek Trailhead near Silver Lake. Did this as a four day thru-hike to Tuolumne Meadows in June 2018, using the JMT/PCT over Donohue Pass. This was the most beautiful and committing backpack trip I've done, and is a must-do. Arrange for a ride back from T Meadows via YART, a private shuttle service or hitch a ride. This is a friendly area of California.

Words can't describe the overwhelming wow factor of reaching the top of Kearsarge Pass and seeing the view that lays beyond. I was so focused on getting up there and stopping to enjoy the wonderful scenery along the way that I didn't think beyond the goal. What awaits is glistening lakes and even more majestic peaks stretching in all directions. Lordy, this region is vast! But backing up... I am a 55+ female in pretty good shape, one knee that annoys and a back that can suffer if I push it. I am experienced with long hikes but rarely do any at elevations above 5000 feet. The drive up to the trailhead was long for my 4 cyclinder Forester but we plodded along using the manual gears. We started the trail at about noon. The parking lot was maybe 60% full. Most of the other hikers were backpackers, many were doing the PCT and came to the trailhead with hopes to find a ride into town to get some supplies (and good luck for that, Independence doesn't have too much in the manner of retail establishments). Anyhow, I had one treking pole and an 8 pound dog and a day pack. The trail was always clear and easy to follow. There were wildflowers along the way and even a wily marmot. I loved seeing all the people (mostly young, but not all!) who told me they were on extended hikes (goes from Mexico to Canada!). Lots of foreigners as well. The trail was challenging for the oxygen supply;) I had planned to reach the top at 3 hours in or so but it took me four. I stopped alot to take pictures and at one point to make a sling from my windbreaker for my little dog to give him a rest. We gladly stepped aside for the backpackers. Hiking alone allowed me to keep a pace that felt comfortable- I am no fan of 'arduous'. The last stretch, however, took a deep sigh of resolve- I had vowed to turn back after 4 hours no matter where I was and I was closing in on that. Huffing a bit, I got to the peak at 3:58 p.m. There were about four people up there and they took my picture for me. I took their picture too, they looked like a Patagonia ad! I literally felt overwhelmed by the beauty of the view on the other side of the pass. For certain the hike up revealed beautiful trees, the bluest sky, colorful rocks, wildflowers, a roaring creek and waterfall, and a couple small lakes with water like a fantasy. I was happy with that, so here was this extra visual reward for having made it. I watched the backbackers head on down towards it all. Dogs aren't allowed at this point so if I were to make this a two day overnight, the dog would have to stay home. Anyhow, I started my descent at about 4:15 and it took me three hours- downhill! Blame the knee for that. It convinced me that two poles is the way to go in the future. If I didn't have the dog I might have jogged a bit on the parts without rocks. Once at the parking lot I gave two backpackers (both well over the age of 60 and on a month long trip) a ride into town. I was wiped out. I camped at Independence Creek campground and slept well.

trail running
20 hours ago

Lovely trail but very buggy. We’re from the buggy east coast, so not strangers to the winged menaces but these were next level awful. There were swarms around us for miles with loud horror movie-esque buzzing.

If you are looking for a truly challenging and action packed hike that will test your rock scrambling abilities, this is the hike for you. I specifically did the Colby Canyon to Strawberry Peak (Mountaineer's route) to Strawberry Meadows loop.This took my friend and I about 11 miles and 8 hours to complete, exhausting but such a rewarding journey. This is a hike you need to prepare for if you decide to do the mountaineer' route which has you rock scrambling up and up (class 3 rock scramble) at 2 different portions of the trail. The rock segments have arrows and other markings that help guide you up. It is challenging and very doable as the most of the rocks are solid for footing and grabbing onto. To backtrack, there is a small dusty trailhead for the Colby canyon trailhead. Park here and go in 2 miles, you will be starting off in a creek bed then will be ascending upwards towards this small water tower called Josephine/Strawberry saddle. From this point in order to take the mountaineer's route you take the pathway to the right BUT once you get right on it there is a use trail that you should ascend that climbs quickly. If you feel you are lost here, you are probably on the right path. Keep going for .2 or .3 miles and you will come across the the first rock segment. Super fun and definitely felt a little dangerous at times. After this, you keep going forward to the steep face of Strawberry peak where you will encounter the last rock wall climb and this was is rather steep going up. Follow the arrows and red ribbons for the most doable and safer climb up. Absolutely take your time with your footing and grabbing here. There were moments on this rock scramble that felt pretty nerve racking but you just need to keep going up and you will be fine. Once you get to the peak, take a break and check out the little metal box which has notepads. So once you get up here, you can either go back down or what I did to extend my hike was to follow the pathway to east which goes towards Mount Lawlor and you want to take sharp left to start heading towards Strawberry meadows. This hike is amazing because there are so many layers to it. You find yourself going through a forest area, hiking along several switchbacks, and dodging tons of spanish bayonets.

only a mile to falls after you drive 2 miles on dirt road from hwy 168 so 6 miles from hwy or two miles up and back from trailhead. Get with it All trails. You are way off!

It was a great adventure. we encountered with big horn ships. They were not afraid of people, they even posed for some pictures! Definitely will go again.

This is a great trail, with hiking for all sorts of skills, but it is generally steep.  There is a fire road that is pretty well paved and wide.  There on the west side is an off road type hiking trail where some sort of boots are recommended.  The trails all intersect so I recommend taking a picture of the map when you start because you'll have no cell service and you don't want to be hiking in endless loops.  Plenty of people on the trail but parking is limited for sure and they do ticket

hiking
1 day ago

Great experience to do this hike. It's says 9 miles but it's about 8 on my watch. anyway its not really easy ones specially when it's hot outside This hike with great stunning views of nature. Recommended: start early to avoid hot day weather, have good shoes even boots bcse of plenty of rock areas (we saw people in flipflops I have no words ), drinking water maybe some snack so you can relax and enjoy beautiful views .

Okay folks, this hike is often considered the most challenging trek in all of Southern California and I 100% believe it... my body is still aching all over from it. This is the BEAST of the San Gabriel mountain range. If you are to attempt this 14 mile, 12 hour+ grueling journey you MUST have the following: hiking poles, hiking boots for sure, at least 7-8L of water, try to avoid doing this in the heat or in the summer, and start this trail at 5am or 6am at the latest. I would say this hike is probably 3x more difficult than Mount Baldy. This hike will push your physical and mental limits to the edge. Another thing that makes this hike even crazier is just how steep you have to ascend and descent at different sections, it was literally a never ending rollercoaster ride. I highly recommend wearing long pants and a long sleeve tshirt as you will be dodging enormous yucca plants and overgrown brush all along the trail. It is inevitable that you will get stabbed and fall a few times. This mountain takes no prisoners.

I attempted to summit Iron Mountain on Cinco De Mayo (I guess because I'm crazy lol) and managed to only finish 3/4 of the trail which was brutal in itself (13.1 miles, 10.5 hours). My hiking partner and I only had a few hours of sleep the night before and we started at 9am so we definitely did not set ourselves up realistically for success. Also it was surprisingly warmer than we expected which definitely contributed to exhausting us even more than normal.

I WILL BE BACK TO SLAY THE BEAST!!

This is the same trailhead as Bridge to Nowhere. When you go down the fire road look out for the Heaton Flats sign on your right and the narrow green pathway will set you on your Big Iron journey. Bring an Adventure Pass to place on your car's dashboard and also grab a self issued day permit and keep a copy with you (this can be found at the trailhead).

UPDATE (6/9/18): I officially slayed the beast! Reaching this summit was one of the most exhilarating and intense things I have ever done physically and mentally. The view is breathtaking as you are in the heart of the San Gabriel mountains with 360 degree panoramic views of all the nearby mountain peaks such as Mount Baldy. There is a registry at the top that you can sign and leave your mark which I highly recommend since it's highly unlikely you will want to do this hike ever again or in the near future. It was a pure testament of willpower to reach the top (it felt like eternity to summit). This mountain is NO JOKE and any hiker that plans to attempt this peak must be super prepared. Also the mosquitoes and bugs when you start the last 2.5 miles to the summit start to get real intense. Definitely bring headlamps because you might be hiking in the dark back down the mountain. Another thing, this is the most isolated trail in the San Gabriels so you might be the only hikers the entire day along with just a few others, another reason to be fully prepared because you most likely will not run into any friendly hikers that can help you in case you need anything.

- @justroc @just.trek

I hiked this trail almost every single week for the past two years, challenge and fun. I prefer to hike in the early morning to avoid big sunshine since there is no shade through the whole trail. Going up through the horse heaven side is even tougher since it is more steep, and the grasses are covering the trails during summer season, and also rattle snakes are often spotted during the summer season, it is better to wear long pants.

Great scenic workout!!

hiking
1 day ago

What a delightful surprise our June day-trip with our two young kids and two dogs turned out to be! The lake is gorgeous, the trails were lush and shady, the water perfect for swimming. We found a secluded spot and, other than boaters out on the lake, saw few other people. We’re definitely going back!

Peaceful, nice, low traffic, $5 parking, well maintained, etc

Would be better with free parking and signs for the trees.

backpacking
1 day ago

We did this hike in two days, Took us about 4 hours each day, so if your in good shape you might as well do it as a day hike. There was still a lot of snow (6/20/18), so maybe bring an extra pair of socks, in case your feet get wet. I also would recommend some sort of GPS since its easy to get off the trail with the snow coverage. But the main reason why I am writing this review: BE AWARE! Warren Lake is a breeding place for MOSQUITOS!! I only brought my "hippie oils" (as my husband would say), and they did not do anything to repel those f......lying creatures as soon as we were at the lake. Literally TONS of MOSQUITOS!! If I would do this trail again, I would actually camp a little bit uphill, where the concentration of the `squitos is way less. Besides that, the hike is beautiful!! Super adventurous and no one is out there! Great climbing spots and places to fish!!

Good place to challenge yourself. You will have to cross the river a few times to get to your destination and some parts are pretty steep but the view is worth all of it.

trail running
1 day ago

Flew in from North Carolina and immediately hit the trail. The hills hurt but it’s a great trail for running.

Great access to get under the falls

Did this lovely trail with my baby in a backpack and my two dogs. Nice incline that makes for a perfect little workout. Beautiful views of the reservoir and a shady wooded path the second half of the trail. You will likely have the trail to yourself most of the time. Dogs are actually allowed off leash.

hiking
1 day ago

My wife and I did this hike for my birthday on May 29. It was a spectacular hike on a strikingly beautiful day. We managed to make it all the way to the peak, but we had to trudge through snow and got off trail a few times. We also wandered a couple of ridges and the so-called false summit.
Panoramic views open up to Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake to the Desolation Wilderness. If you’re up to it, it is worthwhile to venture to the summit. There are a couple smaller lakes and creeks along the first half of the hike. After that, the trail is exposed and steep. All in, we logged 12 miles in about nine hours.

hiking
2 days ago

This was an easy hike to do. However, beware of tarantulas. That kind of ruined it for me. So if you're afraid of them, this isn't the hike for you

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