- Terrain that's canine hazard-free and easy on the paws
- No leashes required on most trails and rarely a crowd to dodge
- 75 trails accessible from Redding, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Monterey County
When Thom Gabrukiewicz's canine companion, Scully, cut her pads on rough terrain, he was forced to carry her out on top of his pack-eight miles with an extra 50 pounds on his back. Scully recovered, but Gabrukiewicz started looking at trails from a dog's point of view. They have since hiked more than 2,000 miles together, joined by sidekick Trinity.
These trails do not require leashes (except in parks as noted). More than two-thirds of the hikes are on lesser known trails where travel is light and where you're unlikely to meet horses, bicycles, or motorized vehicles. They avoid steep, rocky terrain and offer lakes or streams as a reward. Additional features include what to pack for your pooch (The Ten Canine Essentials), and a Trail Finder chart that lists hikes by terrain, difficulty for dogs, leash regulations, and more.
Author Bio:Thom Gabrukiewicz is outdoor editor for the (Redding, California) Record Searchlight. Scully, an Australian shepherd/chow cross, is a sniffer who likes to bring up the rear on a hike. Trinity is a boarder collie/McNab cross; she's the lead dog, always out in front, on the lookout to chase fence lizards.