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Product Details

  • Series: Best Hikes With Dogs
  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089886691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898866919
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"An interesting compendium of information for dog lovers looking for hiking trails, many of which are off the beaten track." -- Santa Barbara News-Press<br /><br />"Dog owners who hike - this one's for you." -- The Los Angeles Times<br /><br />"Riedel is incredibly thorough." --San Luis Obispo Tribune

About the Author

Allen Riedel is reporter for Localhikes.com and writes a monthly hiking column for the Press-Enterprise. Chewbacca (aka "Chewee") is a Jack Russell terrier/Chihuahua mix; Socrates (aka "Socs") is a Schnauzer/terrier mix. Both dogs were rescued through the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Pet Adoption Program.

Customer Reviews

The book is very accurate thus far.
Cheryl Dimson
Happily, you can find dozens of wonderful hikes in Allen Reidel's new book.
Fritz R. Ward
This is a great book for anyone who enjoys hiking with their dog.
Elisa Becker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on September 10, 2006
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So you live in Southern California and want to take your dog for a good walk in the out of doors. Where do you go? This is a problem that came up for me when my relatives from out of state visited and naively assumed they could take a dog pretty much anywhere. There are so many restrictions on dogs in this state that it can be downright daunting to take your four legged friend on vacation with you. Happily, you can find dozens of wonderful hikes in Allen Reidel's new book. You and your pooch are more than welcome on all of them.

Not surprisingly, this book does list some of the "dog beaches" where you can actually walk with your pet (unlike the remaining 99% of the coast), but the thrust of this book describes the many wonderful hikes open to your dog in the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests. The multiple use policy of the forest service is much more open to pets than the other major state and national land agencies. And in Southern California, national forests offer some of the premier outdoor recreation in the state. Reidel includes some classic hikes in these areas: Knapp's Cabin, Mt. Baden Powell, and the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area are just some of the popular trailheads he describes. However, hikers will also find some remote and spectacular hikes to share with their dogs that are rarely mentioned in other guidebooks. Black Mountain, Cleghorn Mountain, and Kitchen Peak are some of my favorite trails. You can easily find yourself enjoying solitude on these trails even on weekends.

In all, this is an excellent book. I do have a few concerns however. In a few cases, I think mileages are too short. Also, Reidel suggests you should not walk your dog in areas with bighorn sheep.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellen K. Whiteknight on December 10, 2009
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My husband and I are new to Southern California. We love taking our Airedale Terrier hiking off leash. This guide is excellent! Each trail outline is very detailed- with both directions and wonderful description of the trails themselves. Not frequently traveled trails (have rarely seen any other hikers);and therefore very quiet, peaceful. Mileage and timing is right on target as well! Author gives very good tips for each trail. We plan to hike each and every trail listed and will return to our favorites! I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gypsy907 on December 18, 2010
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Let our adventure begin. We are going to review all hikes and parks in the entire book in
2011. However, already found one that wasn't in there. That is Ocean Beach Dog Park, the
oldest dog beach in California, established in 1972. A must for any dog lover. Disneyland,
for Dogs......Would drive the 2 hours to go again.....
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By Cheryl Dimson on July 23, 2013
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We have now taken several of these walks. There are a lot of dog walks I didn't know about in So Cal. The book is very accurate thus far.
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We have found some our favorite hangout spots in this book. Great tips and thorough explanation of locations and things to know before you go.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan Butler on November 5, 2009
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This is a wonderful book and has led me to wonderul hikes around my home. Arrived quickly and in excellent condition.
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More About the Author

I graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in English. I also hold a Masters degree in education from Chapman University. I am an English teacher and I have now authored 10 hiking guides around Southern and Central California.

I have an amazing wife, two beautiful daughters, and a son who mean the world to me.