Welcome to Hiking Girl With Dog!
Did you know that not all trails are dog-friendly? Our beautiful National Parks and State Parks don’t allow dogs on the trails, for one. Generally, National Forests and National Monuments do allow dogs on the trails.
Regardless where you go, hiking and traveling with a dog require more preparation. First, you need to research to make sure your pup can join you. I’ve been creating a comprehensive hiking guide with trail stats after each new hike so you can be prepared. Unless noted, you can be sure that all trail write-ups on this blog are dog-friendly.
Most trails in Southern California have a leash rule. However, we hike early before the trail gets crowded or favor the lightly trafficked trails, so Xena hikes off-leash. She is trained to stay on the trail and stops for the leash when there are oncoming K9 hikers. Please keep your dog leashed for his/her safety if your dog does not respond to a recall command.
Since you found our page, you must love dogs, the outdoors, and adventures as much as we do! Welcome! I hope you find this blog inspiring.
How to Use This Blog:
Let this be your main source for dog-friendly adventure search for Southern California and beyond.
Search trails by distance or location using the menu or the search feature on the top menu and enter a keyword(s).
In addition to detailed trail write-ups, we share hiking and camping gear reviews and hiking tips regularly. We hope you find this blog helpful.
If you are new to hiking with a dog, I highly recommend reading Essential Gear for Hiking with Dog. Start with a short distance and build their endurance. You can book a coaching session with me and I will get you started on your adventures.
Do you want to join us on one of our guided hikes, or interested in a private guided hike? Great! Click here for more details.
For the DIY people, you can find our catalog of trails here.
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A 9-year old mixed breed with a gentle soul. Canine Good Citizen graduate. 32 lbs. of sweetness and pup attitude. Jamie’s fur baby, trail buddy, and travel companion.
Writer and Photographer of this blog. Jamie loves the great outdoors and adventuring with her pup. She loves telling a story with photos and wants to get better. She is also a Los Angeles-based photographer who specializes in natural dog portraits in outdoor settings. You can book a photo session with her at Outdoor Dog Photography for your fur baby!