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.

Additional Resources

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.

How to Contact Us

Please feel free to message us via Contact Us from the menu. We also welcome:

  • Collaborations
  • Sponsorships

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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!



23 comments on “About”

  1. Hi Jamie!! LOVE your site!! Beautiful photos, very informative and thorough! Miss Xena looks like a great traveling companion 🙂 Your hikes will inspire me to get out there too!

  2. Hi Jaime! Found your blog looking for hikes in PV and I wasn’t disappointed! Can’t take my dog on hikes anymore, he’s an old bloodhound whose hip gives out, but I’m totally inspired to go hiking today based on your beautiful pictures! Thanks so much!!!

    1. Thanks so much! PV is my home base. When I am not exploring new trails, I am in PV. Many trail options and beautiful ocean views never get old. I am sure your dog would rather stay home too. Have a wonderful time. Happy Hiking! 🙂

  3. Hello Jamie ! Thank you for the follow on my blog Darwin on the rocks and around the world. I quite like hiking as well, but unfortunately, I’m not very fit so I often found myself very frustrated. Have a lovely day ! Gin

  4. I absolutely LOVE your photos! (Sorry for the spam on IG. I wanted to like every pic in your gallery, but I didn’t want to blow up your notification box.)

    Thanks for sharing great information and beautiful pics of your adventures! Hope to see you and Xena at the beach or on the trails someday. You girls are super awesome and cool!

    1. Hi Tina! Thank you so much for your kind words. Ha ha, it’s ok about IG. So sweet! 💕 Yes, it would be super cool if our adventures cross each other’s path! Thanks for stopping by and dropping us a line!! 😊

    1. Thank you, Max! You kind words are much appreciated! It was about time for someone to nominate your blog because it is great! You have so knowledgeable about outdoors yet so humble and oh my gosh, your sense of humor! 🙂 Congrats and thank you again.

      1. Of course, Jamie– you deserve it! I’m sorry for the chain letter-y feel of this, but you write one of my very favorite blogs and I wanted to take the chance to recognise it.

  5. Found your blog by accident (via Nobody Hikes in LA) and loving it. Informative narrative and great picture. Thank you. your model, aka Xena is absolutely beautiful

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