Take a Trip to Carbon Canyon Park in Brea with Your Dog

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Carbon Canyon Park is located off of Carbon Canyon Rd right past Valencia Avenue in Brea.  Spanning 124-acres, the park is a good mix of recreation and wilderness.  The park has something for everyone, from Orange County’s only Redwood grove, to a 4-acre lake to go fishing, to tennis, baseball, and volleyball courts. A trip to Carbon Canyon Park is a great way to spend a day getting out into the sunshine with your 2 and 4-legged friends.

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Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in the Aliso and Wood Canyons Park

I haven’t been here yet, but saw this article and wanted to share it.  I’ll have to make it one of my next stops!

Have a dog? Find out where the dog friendly hiking trails in the Aliso and Woods Canyon Park are located

Update: Although the trails listed are dog friendly, there are many in the area that aren’t. Please make sure you check the trail head sign before heading out on any hike with your dog to make sure you’re respecting the wildlife conservation efforts. Thanks!

Source: Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

What do you Need to Bring When Camping with a Dog?

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UPDATED: May 2018

I go camping with my dog, Sierra, multiple times every year, and each time it’s a new adventure.  I know she has as much fun, if not more, than we do when taking a trip to explore the great outdoors.  In my opinion, if you can bring your 4-legged friend along for the adventure, it makes the whole experience better for everyone involved.  If you’ve been thinking about taking your dog camping, try it out! Just make sure you are prepared.  Before you head outdoors, you’ll need to make sure you, and your dog, are prepared with the right equipment.  Planning starts before you even book the camping trip. When looking for a place to camp, it’s important to verify your dog is allowed in the campground.  The worst way to start a trip is to get to the campsite only to be turned away because you have your dog with you. Most National and State parks will allow dogs, but have different restrictions, always check before you plan a trip.  Once you get your trip booked, it’s time to start gathering everything you’ll need to make sure you dog stays safe and comfortable during your trip. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the essential gear that I’ve used while camping. Every trip is different(weather, terrain, length of trip, etc) so this is not an all inclusive list, but it’s a great starting point for the basics for most camping adventures.

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What Gear Should you Bring While Hiking with a Dog?

Updated May 2018

I wanted to do a quick write-up on all of the gear that Sierra, our dog, currently uses when we go on our hiking trips.  Just like you have probably heard about being prepared yourself before going out into nature, it’s just as important for your dog to be prepared as well.  This is not an all-inclusive list of everything you will need while hiking, because each hike is unique and requires different equipment based on length, terrain, weather, and much more.  However, everything on this list has been a huge help for us, and will hopefully give you some ideas on what to look for, so you too can be prepared before you go outdoors with your dog. Continue reading →

Big Bear Dog Friendly Activities

As a follow up to the Big Bear camping blog, this one will go into more details about some of the activities that are available for you and your dog when vacationing in Big Bear.  Some of these can be done year around, others like boating, will be season dependent.  I will continue to add to this post as I visit Big Bear over this next year, but for now, here are a few activities that I can recommend.

Boating with your dog

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Camping in Big Bear With Your Dog

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When you first think of Big Bear, most people immediately picture one thing, snow.  I am hear to tell you that you need to look at Big Bear for much more than your annual ski trip. Big Bear offers year round outdoor adventures, for you and your dog, and over the last two years, I have found some great campsites out there.  I don’t know what has stopped me from camping up here frequently in the past, but I have been up to Big Bear a few times in the last two years, and I must stay, there is something for every type of camper.  The campgrounds range from sites with potable water and outhouses, to the more primitive, Yellow Post sites, which only have a fire ring and a table.  So whatever adventure you’re in the mood for, Big Bear probably has it.

Now, even though some sites are available year round, in my opinion, the best time to camp in Big Bear would be either late spring, or early fall.  During these times, temperatures are in the 70’s during the day, and 40’s at night, and oh ya, no snow! This is perfect weather for almost all outdoor activities, including my favorite, hiking. Speaking of, All Trails has a great list of some of the most popular hikes in the area, all of which should be dog friendly, here is a link…All Trails Big Bear.  In a soon to be released post, I will review one of the hikes we went on, as well as some other activities do do while at the lake.  So now let’s get to actual campgrounds…

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Is Joshua Tree Dog Friendly?

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The short answer is the same as most national parks, which is, not really.  We do, however, go here about twice a year with Sierra because it’s conveniently located about 2 hours from Orange County and still makes for a nice weekend get away.  As long as you go into the park with the expectation of just hanging out around the campground and relaxing for the weekend, you can make it into a worth while trip for you and your dog.

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Summer Lake Tahoe Trip

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It’s been a while since my last post but I wanted to get this one out before the end of the year. Over the summer, we took a camping trip to Lake Tahoe with Sierra. First things first, if you enjoy camping with your dog, Tahoe needs to be at the top of your list of places to go in California. There are trails, two dog beaches, rafting adventures, and dog friendly restaurants everywhere. Most of the trails are dog friendly and there are so many to choose from, you will never be able to get to them all. They range from easy to difficult, which means there is something for every type of hike you are in the mood for. Some trails require a leash but others allow your well-trained dog to wander off leash to explore. The two beaches are on opposite sides of the lake, so you are never too far from one. The restaurants that are dog friendly have patio seating and some even provide doggie menus as well. We were even able to go river rafting with Sierra, which was one of the highlights of the trip and the whole Tahoe experience wouldn’t have been the same without her. As anyone who has a Husky, or any other high energy dog knows, they are almost impossible to tire out. This was the first trip where I think we actually accomplished this seemingly impossible feat. I couldn’t believe it. There are so many options for dog friendly activities in Tahoe, you could spend all summer here and still barely scratch the surface. In this blog, I will go into detail about everything we were able to cram into the 1 week we spent there.

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Trabuco Canyon Trail

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Over the last weekend we completed our latest dog friendly hike.  This was, by far, the most scenic and secluded trail that we have hiked so far and it was located off of Trabuco Creek Road in Trabuco Canyon, CA.  There are a few different trails here, but we chose a decent 5.4 mile out and back trail called Trabuco Canyon Trail.  Now, before we get to the actual hike, there are a few things you need to know to prepare for this hike.

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Catalina Island Adventure with Your Dog

Over the last weekend, we decided to take a day trip to Catalina to explore the island and to see how dog friendly it was. I have heard and read a lot of mixed reviews on Catalina’s dog friendliness and wanted to get some first hand experience. Overall, we had a lot of fun but definitely learned some lessons on where to go and how to get there with a dog. We started our day at the San Pedro Catalina Express port. The Catalina Express is the main ferry that will take you to the island and runs out of Long Beach, San Pedro, and Dana Point. Many people, including myself, are pleasantly surprised when they find out that the Catalina Express does allow dogs on their boats. They do have a few restrictions when bringing a dog on board, but they are minimal.

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Yosemite Part 2 – Hiking in the Valley

So now that we have reviewed the planning and traveling to Yosemite, lets move on to what to hikes and activities you can do while there.  Like I stated in the previous post, dogs are limited to paved trails in Yosemite.  At first you may think this would severely limit what you can do, but in Yosemite, there are plenty of places to hike that are not only easy to access, but have great views and get you into peaceful and relaxing presence of the great outdoors with your dog.  I have been to Yosemite more times than I can remember with my family and friends, but this was the first time we took the dog and it provided us with a completely unique experience that I will never forget.

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Yosemite Part 1 – Planning and Getting to the Park

Taking a vacation with a dog, a good idea or bad?  I would say that it depends.  There are pros and cons to taking a dog with you, and we’ll discuss them here.

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