This group is for anyone that loves getting out in nature and taking their best friend. We advocate for a healthy lifestyle (physically and socially) for both canines and their human companions. Through activities such as hiking, pack walks, and dock diving, our canines get to socialize, stay active and discover new surroundings. As humans we reap the benefits of these activities too by meeting like-minded individuals.
Though I may be based in San Bernardino, our hikes take us all over the Southland. I would like this group to be collaborative, so I invite you to submit your favorite hike. If you know of a great trail that you have been on, I encourage you to submit it. All trails should be dog-friendly. If you prefer to be an organizer and hike regularly, about once a month, please feel free to send me a message through my profile.
Everyone that enjoys a good hike is welcome, even if you don't have a dog. I look forward to seeing and exploring trails with each of you and your Fido!
There are some rules:
1. At the beginning of each hike, we will introduce ourselves in a circle, with our dogs, either in a sit or a down, at our sides.
2. If you have just met another dog or the owner for the first time, there should be no nose-to-nose contact by dogs. This is for safety. Some dogs need space; some feel threatened when they are on a leash; some are territorial.
3. Dogs should be well socialized. Dogs trained to walk on a loose-leash or a proper heel is generally preferable, but any dog with a conscientious owner is acceptable.
4. If the hike is on-leash due to trail/park rules, flexi-leashes are NOT allowed. I've seen flexi-leashes amputate fingers when a dog lunges after a squirrel or chipmunk.
5. Owners must remain in control of their dog at all times. If you choose to hike with your dog off-leash, please remember that you are responsible for your dog. They should have a good recall.
6. Please make sure your dog is in shape to cover the number of miles. Recently, we had an incident where a dog laid down because they were tired and in pain. We were doing a longer hike (14 miles). Dogs need to train and be conditioned, just like their human owners.
Waiver of Liability/Disclaimer
Please read this before joining the Hiking with Fido - Inland Empire group:
The organizers are not professional hikers, trained leaders or dog trainers and are not medically trained to handle emergencies. Please carry a personal medical emergency kit and any medications you need. Hiking, biking, walking, running and other outdoor activities are inherently dangerous activities that can lead to serious injuries including but not limited to slip and fall injuries, fractures, rattlesnake bite, heat exhaustion, poison oak, ticks and frostbite. Additionally, please remember that you are responsible for your dog and any damage your dog may do. All dogs should remain under owner control at ALL times. Always remember to let the event organizer know if you are leaving the group. Stay on the trail, never hike alone and use your own common sense.
By participating in any Hiking with Fido event you agree to not hold these organizers liable for any harm that may come to you, your dog, your guests, or your property.