Guide book highlights best trails for hiking with your pet
Debbi Preston’s newest book — “57 Dog-Friendly Trails in California’s Foothills and the Sierra Nevada” — is ideal for any hiker in the Tahoe Basin.
True to its title, the guide covers nearly 60 routes in the nearby region that range in difficulty but are all accessible to man’s best friend. While the intended audience is for those in the Sacramento area (many of the trails extend into Placerville and Auburn), a large majority of the trails are under an hour’s drive from Lake Tahoe, or are located in the basin itself.
In “57 Dog-Friendly Trails,” entries are subdivided into months: Trails are slotted into the time in which it is best to hike that particular route. Each entry includes difficulty of the hike, length in terms of distance, elevation information, directions to the trailhead and a description of the trail. Some entries also include a “share with” section — which notes other adventurers who could use the same trail, such as equestrians or cross-country skiers — and places to check out before or after hiking (such as nearby eateries, wineries and the like).
Many of the Tahoe-based trails — which range in difficulty from Nevada Beach and Baldwin Beach on the lower end to Mt. Tallac on the high end — are listed as ideal for hiking in May through September, when trails are open and not covered with snow. Paths in the foothills at lower elevations are recommended for winter hiking.
All in all, the guide is easy to follow and user-friendly, and the index table highlights which trails fulfill categories such as offering waterfalls, fishing, historical information and more, making it a handy reference tool.
Those who have read Preston’s other books, “48 Dog-Friendly Trails” and “Dog-Friendly Trails for All Seasons,” will recognize routes listed in “57 Dog-Friendly Trails” — the latter is somewhat of an updated, combined version of the former two.
“57 Dog-Friendly Trails in California’s Foothills and the Sierra Nevada” is available to purchase online via Amazon.