5 Epic, Dog Friendly Backpacking Trails in California

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Big Pine Lakes Trail (16 miles)

If you are looking for an epic adventure up glacially carved canyons, past cascading waterfalls, through dense thickets of aspen and pine, and into an alpine lake basin full of shimmering, aquamarine lakes fed directly by one of the largest glaciers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, then the North Fork of Big Pine Creek will be your dream come true.

Mount San Antonio and Mount Baldy Notch Trail (11 miles)

Baldy is a SoCal icon that stands out boldly as a snow-covered backdrop for much of the year. Summiting Mt. Baldy via the Mount Baldy Notch Loop Trail is the perfect option for anybody looking for a big challenge with stunning views as a reward. Baldy is the highest peak in LA County, and it provides panoramic views from the picturesque 10,065 ft summit.

Kearsarge Pass Trail to Kearsarge Lakes (11 miles)

Rising high above the town of Independence, California, is the Onion Valley Trailhead, which provides access to the Golden Trout Lakes, Dragon Peak, Kearsarge Pass, and much of the high Sierra beyond. It is a fantastic place to go for a day hike, a quick peak bag, an overnight backpack to alpine lakes, or as a launching point for a bigger objective such as Charlotte Dome.

Lost Coast Trail: Mattole to Black Sands Beach (23 miles)

Lost Coast Trail offers one of the few coastal wilderness hiking experiences in the United States. Hikers can view sea lions, tidepools and spectacular spring wildflowers. The Lost Coast is an 80 mile stretch of the California coast where the builders of Highway 1 decided to go around because it was too rough. This trip takes you down the Lost Coast starting at Mattole and ending at Black Sands Beach.

Paradise Lake Trail (15 miles)

Paradise Lake is a classic Sierra Nevada lake with gorgeous sunsets and a pristine lake full of trout. Superb sunset views, crystal lakes, and shoreline campsites … the trip to Paradise Lake in Tahoe National Forest lives up to its idyllic name. Just a few hours from the Bay Area, this hike or backpack overnighter along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) delivers pure Tahoe wilderness: big forests, amazing views, and alpine lakes.

Source: AllTrails

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