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Bringing Dogs on Meetup Hikes

Bringing Dogs to Meetup Hikes

Dogs may or may not be allowed on certain hikes. It depends on the location, the trail, the event organizer and other factors.

Please check with the Event Organizer before bringing a dog on a hike. You can do this by posting a comment on the page for that event or by emailing the Event Organizer.

If you are thinking about bringing a dog to one of our hikes, here are some other things to keep in mind:

Dogs are usually allowed in the National Forests. If our hike is in Sequoia National Forest, you may be allowed to bring a dog. You should check with the local National Forest Office to make sure of the regulations before bringing your dog on a hike.

Dogs are not allowed on trails in National Parks and Monuments. You cannot bring a dog if the hike is in Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Pinnacles National Monument, Carrizo Plain National Monument, or any other National Park or Monument.

Always bring a leash for your dog! You may be able to allow your dog to be off leash for a portion of the hike, but you must always be ready to put your dog on a leash if asked to do so by a group member or a ranger. If your dog is not well-behaved, which includes unwanted interactions with people or other dogs, you will be asked to keep the dog on-leash.

If you bring a dog on a hike, please watch him closely! At rest stops, gear is generally placed on the ground and becomes an easy target for male dogs lifting their leg. I have personally had my hiking poles peed on by a dog. If your dog pees on people or gear, he will not be welcome on our hikes. Another thing to watch for is that your dog does not run up and down a narrow trail crowding the hikers. Your dog should remain with you on a narrow trail, even if this means putting him on a leash.

There are some trails which have poison oak on the sides of the trail. Dogs are not recommended on these trails. The oil from the poison oak can easily transfer to your dog’s coat. If he accidentally rubs against people or gear, this can cause people to get a rash from the poison oak. The oil can persist for a long time, and someone may get the rash much later if he or she doesn’t realize clothing or gear has been contaminated. Your dog will also contaminate you, because you are likely to touch the dog and get the oil on your hands. The dog’s coat can also transfer the oil to the inside of your vehicle.

Dogs are less tolerant of hot weather than people. Even if you are comfortable on a warm hike, chances are your dog will be less comfortable. Dogs have gotten heat stroke on hikes and suffered long-term consequences. It is recommended that you leave your dog home on a warm day.

Dogs can feel the effects of high altitude and get sick from it, just as people can. If your dog is not accustomed to hiking at high altitude, it’s best to leave him home.

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The Ten Essentials July 19, 2016 9:48 AM Tony S.
winter hikes and snowshoeing December 17, 2015 4:19 PM Jill W.
Suggested Format for Posting an Event November 1, 2015 12:43 PM Tony S.
Event Organizer Checklist November 1, 2015 8:33 PM Jill W.
Ruby and Bill Jenkins - The Kern River Valley Days June 18, 2013 4:21 PM Alice
Bringing Dogs on Meetup Hikes December 30, 2012 9:58 AM Alice
Backpacking Tips August 24, 2012 2:53 PM Alice
So how long will it take to get there? June 22, 2012 3:56 PM Alice
Liability Waiver August 7, 2014 10:54 AM Tony S.
About Southern Sierra Hiking Club September 14, 2015 12:21 PM Tony S.

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