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Dog friendly backpacking near San Francisco Bay Area?
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Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Dog friendly backpacking near San Francisco Bay Area? on 02/28/2012 02:55:44 MST Print View

Well, the wife's pregnant, but I'd still like to have a hiking partner this spring/summer. Now that the dog's almost 2, I'd like to start taking her backpacking.

Are there any parks near the SF bay area that allow dogs? Only has to be 1 or 2 nights. I would like to get away for a weekend here or there.
I checked Big Basin, Point Reyes, and Henry Coe. Am I missing any? Does a dog friendly park even exist?

We'll probably do plenty of car camping with the wife, but I don't want my backpacking gear to go unused all year.

She loves camping BTW:

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Mods, please remove one of these on 02/28/2012 03:01:12 MST Print View

AWWWW. WTF?! Sorry! Mods, please get rid of one of these.

My first post gave me a network error, so I double checked that it didn't post by opening a new window and visiting the forum. Wasn't there, so I re-wrote the thread and posted it. Now all of a sudden there are two of them! SORRY!

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Bay Area Dog Friendly backpacking on 02/28/2012 09:20:18 MST Print View

I'm not too familar with the bay area, but generally dogs can hike in lots of National Forests, including Los Padres (Big Sur area).

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
re: dogs in the bay area on 02/28/2012 10:45:06 MST Print View

My wife and I occasionally dog sit for a friend and try to take the dog backpacking when we do. The only semi-local option I know about is Big Sur/Ventana Wilderness. If you are willing to drive a little further during the season, the 2nd closest option is probably Emigrant Wilderness. Dogs are not allowed off paved trails in state parks in California or in national parks.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Re: re: dogs in the bay area on 02/28/2012 10:56:06 MST Print View

"Dogs are not allowed off paved trails in state parks in California or in national parks."

I've found California (which I visit a couple times per year because I have family there) to be an extremely dog-unfriendly state!

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
sierra on 02/28/2012 13:19:04 MST Print View

Emmigrant and Desolation wilderness are both dog friendly and great places to hike. Little more of a drive though..

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: sierra on 02/28/2012 23:46:08 MST Print View

I'll have to check out Big Sur then. I've never been there.

Yeah, I figured I could always go to the Sierras. It's hard to justify going all that way though, and not car camp so I can bring the whole family.

I guess if I get any backpacking in this year, it'll probably be solo :(

David Carbiener
(HikingDave) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: Dog friendly backpacking near San Francisco Bay Area? on 03/01/2012 19:55:34 MST Print View

I take my dog often to the Trinity Alps. I don't know if that's too far north for you, but I and the dog love this area.

My dog in the Trinity Alps

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: Re: Dog friendly backpacking near San Francisco Bay Area? on 03/02/2012 00:15:06 MST Print View

Yeah, at that distance, I might as well just go to the Sierra.
Thanks for the suggestion though, I'm gonna put it on my list of places to go. Looks nice.