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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week we took a hike on the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve trail. Iris and her dog Colbalt joined us again and were a welcome addition to the hike. This has probably been the least strenuous hike that we have reviewed so far. The terrain is flat and there are no major hills to climb so if you are looking for a quick and easy hike this is one to try.
Today we went to a popular hiking route in Irvine called the Peters Canyon Trail located in Peters Canyon Regional Park. We were accompanied by two of our friends Kyle Deneau and Iris Mendoza. There are a few routes available but for this hike we chose the 6-mile loop that takes you to the lake and back.