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John Muir Wilderness, CA – Hiking

Hike the best of the Sierra Nevada!

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    Hike the best of the Sierra Nevada!

    Special Interest: CampingGreat OutdoorsHiking

    Looking to explore the Sierra Nevada? The John Muir Wilderness (Bishop, CA) features sweeping views of glacier carved canyons and snow-peaked mountains.

    Read our John Muir Wilderness – Dog Friendly Guide for more information about hiking with your dog and a full list of our hand-picked trails with easy planning tips.

    Dogs are allowed in areas except adjacent areas to national parks. They may be off-leash if they obey commands or on-leash. More information about camping and hiking with dogs is available from the Forest Service. Hiking permits are required in the area. Wilderness permits are required for all overnight use. Trails can be found marked on this online map. Our guide gives you the essentials to help you make your trip planning easy.

    Going on just a day-hike? Here are a few trails to consider:

    – Duck Pass Trailhead is a great hike with a lake, starting near Coldwater Campground.

    – Tuttle Creek Trail / Mt. Langley is a 4.5 mile climb with a rewarding view.

    – Little Lakes Trail is a great option for the beginner backpacker.


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    Location: Bishop, CA | California
    Activities: Hiking, Walking

    Items Needed: 6 Foot Leash, Poop Bags, Water, Paw Protection, Cooling Vest, Sun Protection, Insect Repellent, Booties or Paw Protection.

    Safety: 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. Dogs must be on leash or controlled by verbal command. Bears are in the area so proceed with caution. Marmots have also been reported, so if you dog is not used to such wildlife it may be better to keep them on leash. Before you head out, note what altitude level you will be at. Dogs and humans have been known to get altitude sickness even starting at 6,000 feet. The area has a leave no trace policy.

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