Best Dog Hikes Northern California by Linda B. Mullally, David S. Mullally

By Linda B. Mullally, David S. Mullally

This guidebook unearths the fifty one top mountaineering trails in northern California which are puppy pleasant. all through are full-color maps and photographs, precious counsel and sidebars, and adapted hike specifications for leash requisites. additionally incorporated is information regarding puppy packing and coaching sooner than you hit the path. the world covers northern California to the Oregon border, with the southernmost half together with monstrous Sur and east throughout to Bishop, CA.

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Take frequent rest stops and offer your dog water. • Let your dog take a plunge in a lake or lie belly down in a stream or mud puddle to cool down. Winter Winter-­like conditions can affect your dog’s feet, endurance, and body warmth. Crusty snow can chafe and cut your dog’s pads, and walking in deep snow is very taxing and can put a short-­haired dog at risk of hypothermia. Here are some ways to protect your dog from cold and extra exertion. indd 19 4/17/14 9:45 AM • Carry booties for icy conditions and use them on your dog if she is not accustomed to snow and ice.

The hike encompasses a woodsy experience that overlooks the redwood canopy with the sound of the powerful rush of the Wild Smith below. The trail descends to the bank of Craig’s Creek where it pours into the jade pools at the confluence of the South Fork of the Smith River. 5 hours Difficulty: Strenuous Trailhead elevation: 160 feet Highest point: 573 feet Best season: Late spring to fall Trail surface: Dirt, gravel, slippery rocks, and exposed roots Other trail users: Horses Canine compatibility: Voice control Land status: National Recreation Area Fees and permits: None Maps: USGS Hiouchi; USFS Six Rivers National Forest Trail contacts: Smith River District Ranger Station, 10600 CA 199, Gasquet 95543; (707) 457-3131.

Winter in coastal Northern California, unlike in the mountains, is hike friendly, but it can bring heavy rain. Check the weather forecast and be prepared for potential problems to your dog’s comfort on the trail. Spring Following the cooler, wetter winter months, spring and sun in coastal Northern California bring fresh crops of wildflowers, but they also offer ideal conditions for ticks, mosquitoes, poison oak, and foxtails to come to life in time to thrive over the summer months. Fall Fall brings shorter daylight hours.

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