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Angeles National Forest, CA

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    Find the best hiking trails for your dog.

    Special Interest: CampingHiking

    Angeles National Forest (Arcadia, CA) is short step away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles city life. It includes much of the San Gabriel Mountains and Sierra Pelona Mountains, 176 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and 5 wilderness areas; Cucamonga Wilderness, Magic Mountain Wilderness, Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness, San Gabriel Wilderness and Sheep Mountain Wilderness.

    Purchase an adventure pass at any large sporting goods store, online, or at a recognized vendor before you go. You should also check for last minute notices or closures in the area. There are many trails to consider in the Angeles National Forest. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and up-to-date on all tags.

    A few of our favorites are listed below. You can read more about them in our article about the best trails in the Angeles National Forest.
    1. Switzer Falls is an easy, substantial hike of 4-7 miles ending at a 50 foot waterfall.
    2. Cooper Canyon Falls Trail is a short 3 mile hike with a waterfall at the end.
    3. Mt. Wilson Observatory is a popular hike with entry from either Chantry Flats or Mt. Wilson Trails.
    4. Vincent Gap to Mt. Baden-Powell is a great hike for those starting to go up to higher elevation hikes.
    5. Mt. Baldy is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains and one to check off your list!

    Camping is on a first come, first serve basis although a few campgrounds are available by reservation on Campgrounds are listed on the USDA Forest Service website. Some dog friendly campsites: Bear Canyon Trail Camp, Buckhorn, Chilao, Coldbrook, Cooper Canyon, Manker Flats, Sturtevant Camp, Table Mountain, and Valley Forge Trail Camp.

    If you plan to go dispersed camping, you will need a California Campfire Permit to cook or start a fire. Call the General Forest Information line at (626) 574-­5200 for notices or updates to regulations.

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    Location: Arcadia, CA | Los Angeles, CA | California
    Activities: Hiking, Walking, Camping, Backpacking

    Items Needed: Water, Poop Bags, First Aid Kit, Tick Removal Tool, 6 Foot Non-Retractable Leash or Hands-Free Leash, Paw Protection, Reflective Gear On Your Dog, Hiking Poles, Other Appropriate Gear & Food

    Safety: Conditions in the Angeles National Forest can be dry or prone to fire. Check with the USDA Forest Service for last minute closures or alerts that may change your hiking or camping plans. There are some steep areas on the hike so pay attention to where you and your dog step. Please consult your vet before hiking with your dog, especially if you have a puppy or a dog that is not fully vaccinated. It's best not to go when it is too cold or hot. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Remember to take small and steady water breaks to prevent bloat or water intoxication. And don't forget to check the paws! Watch your footing and steer clear of wild animals. Please follow leash laws and have good recall on your dog.

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