6 Things To Do With Your Dog Near Yosemite

For your next trip to California, bring along your four-legged friend and enjoy these 6 things to do with your dog near Yosemite.

  1. Enjoy a meal and drinks at the Groveland Hotel on the dog friendly garden patio. There is a multilevel patio where your four-legged family member is welcome. They will be happy to provide delicious Hetch Hetchy water for your pet.
  2. Walk the historic Hetch Hetchy Railroad. The line was based in in Groveland and operated from 1917 to 1949. You can see the old railroad grade just across the street from The Groveland Hotel. This trail can also be picked up at Mary Laveroni Park.
  3. Clifton Road Walk – Just a short 10-minute drive from the Groveland Hotel, you can enjoy a trek on the outskirts of Pine Mountain Lake, where the “big” dogs roam. Take a left on Ferretti Road just ¼ of a mile from the hotel heading East. Just 6.2 miles on the right you will see Clifton Road. This is a lovely walk on the edge of wilderness that leads to a large pond.
  4. Rainbow Pools are a delight no matter how many feet you plan to splash! This is a great place for dogs and their people to go for a swim. Rainbow Pools are natural swimming holes along the south fork of the Tuolumne River, where one can dip their feet, take a plunge, or just watch the divers.  Originally a Toll Stop on the Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite, and later a resort development, the area is now a popular picnic, swimming, hiking, and fishing spot. Located just 13.7 miles out of town on Hwy 120 toward Yosemite.
  5. Stanislaus National Forest is right out our back door. The Little Golden Forest Trail near the Groveland Ranger District Office is a great walk with your travel companion. Lumsden, off Ferretti Rd, is right on the Tuolumne river. This, however, does have quite a drive down into the Tuolumne River canyon on a road that maybe only one lane at times. The rules and regulations within the national forest spaces are much more pet-friendly in comparison to national parks and are encouraging dog owners to bring along their pets.
  6. In Yosemite leashed pets are allowed on most fully paved roads, sidewalks and bicycle paths and in most developed areas unless there is a sign that specifically forbids them, like on the trail to Vernal Fall.  You can see many of the key places you’ve heard of like Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls from the paved trails within Yosemite Valley. The short walk to the base of Bridalveil Fall is pet-friendly. Lower Yosemite Fall Loop is another popular walk with an incredible waterfall view. Extend the Lower Yosemite Fall Loop with a stroll around Cook’s Meadow. On this loop you will get another great view of Yosemite Falls, plus views of Half Dome and Sentinel Rock. Leashed dogs are also allowed on the paved trails leading out to Glacier Point. Another dog-friendly hike is the first paved mile out to Mirror Lake/Mirror Meadow below Half Dome. The main trail through the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is part of the old Big Oak Flat Road and is open to dogs all the way through to the Hodgdon Meadows Campground. Carlon Road from Evergreen Road to Hodgdon Meadow Campground (1.5 miles, 2.4 km one way) is another quiet pet-friendly hike. Note: this trail is different than the one that leads to Carlon Falls, where pets are not allowed.

Make sure to book your room at the Groveland Hotel in one of our pet friendly rooms and you dog will be pampered with a homemade dog treat upon arrival!

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