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The Pacific Crest Trail

Hike The Pacific Crest Trail With Your Dog

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    Hike The Pacific Crest Trail With Your Dog

    Special Interest: CampingHiking

    The Pacific Crest Trail covers Washington, Oregon, and California. We consider this to be a destination hike. You only need to hike a portion of it!

    Please be aware that not all areas allow dogs! Before you go, do your research on the area you go to and which trails allows dogs. The Pacific Crest Trail Association has some basic information about hiking with dogs in the area. Different rules may apply if you cross state or park boundaries as you may need to board your dog if you go backpacking or hike for an extended period of time. Dogs are generally allowed on leash.

    Parks where dogs are not allowed on trails include: Anza-Borrego State Park, San Jacinto State Park, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and the rim trail alternate in Crater Lake National Park. This may not be an exhasutive list and subject to change.

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    Location: Washington | Oregon | California
    Activities: Hiking, Walking, Backpacking, Camping

    TAGS: Backpacking, California, Hiking, Oregon, Pacific Crest, Pacific Crest Trail, Walking, Washington

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

    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. Please follow leash laws and have good recall on your dog. Not all dogs are suitable for long hikes. Please be aware that some wild animals, such as coyotes, may actually be attracted to the presence of a dog.

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