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Backpacking with Dogs in SF Bay area
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Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Backpacking with Dogs in SF Bay area on 01/29/2009 12:22:44 MST Print View

I'm having a difficult time finding places to backpack with my dog in the Bay Area, as most of the trails in the state parks are off-limits for dogs.

Was planning on checking out Ventana wilderness area, but it's closed due to the anybody know of any other dog-friendly backpacking areas close (within 2-3 hours) to the bay area?

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
..with Dogs in SF... on 01/29/2009 12:27:53 MST Print View

Move to Oregon :).

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Backpacking with Dogs in SF Bay area on 01/29/2009 12:57:59 MST Print View


I have been running into that problem too.

I think that you have to think about going out to the Gold Country, Sacremento area and East of Sacramento.

The Bay Area bites for dogs and having fires.


Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Backpacking with Dogs in SF Bay area on 01/29/2009 13:00:43 MST Print View

I would have to echo Thom's statement. Every time I visit my daughter, who also lives in the SF Bay area, I'm reminded of how dog-unfriendly California is. That's one reason I would never live there.

Edited by hikinggranny on 01/29/2009 13:02:02 MST.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
...with Dogs in SF... on 01/29/2009 13:13:59 MST Print View

Oregon offers great hiking, few users and true four seasons weather conditions. Also there is little if any work so you and your dog will have plenty of time to hike :)!

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Backpacking with Dogs in SF Bay area on 01/29/2009 13:59:18 MST Print View

Couple of points:

Calif. State Parks don't allows dogs on trails, similar to National Parks, so that's quite limiting.

Ticks. Everywhere I've taken a dog on trails in the Bay Area or the coast, its accumulated ticks. Also have to keep it on leash to keep it out of the poison oak.

The Sierra Nevada is a whole lot easier with a dog, but a longer drive of course. Since we're deep into a drought most of the foothills are quite open, as are some exposed parts of the main range up to 5-6000 feet. You might check out some of the river drainages--Feather, Yuba, American, Stanislaus, etc.

Good luck,


Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Backpacking with Dogs in SF Bay area on 01/29/2009 14:08:09 MST Print View

Nate, Emmigrant Wilderness does allow dogs. Though, it is winter right now. Ventana might be difficult due to the fires over the summer. If I remember correctly, areas that are designated Wilderness area's are dog friendly.

Lucas Savageino
(Geino) - F
backpacking with dogs in the bay area on 03/03/2009 00:19:04 MST Print View

I have been having the same problem. The only place that I have found is Black Diamond Mines in Antioch. It is an East Bay Regional Park that allows backpacking with dogs. I live close by so I take my dogs there for day hikes alot. I have stayed at the backpack camp once and it was cool. The only thing I didnt like was having to pay an $8.00 reservation fee + a $5.00 dollar camping fee per camper in advance for something I thought should be our god givin right.

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Dogpacking in SFbay on 03/03/2009 00:43:31 MST Print View


Thanks for the tip! That looks great....a lake big enough to swim in with beach access that allows dogs too!

Wow...just perfect. Can't wait for it to warm up enough to swim there....

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Dogpacking in SFbay on 03/03/2009 17:14:10 MST Print View

Dogs are ok in National Forests and Wilderness areas. I miss having a dog but the bay area is not dog friendly.

Aaron Lastname
(Cloudveil9) - F
Service on 03/04/2009 07:20:37 MST Print View

Just find a service that your dog can provide you, then go anywhere.

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
service dogs on 10/03/2009 17:01:06 MDT Print View

I'm with Aaron on this, my dog is now my service dog, she helps with a problem I have, now she can go to any park or place we want, true freedom...