Mokelumne Hill was once one of the richest gold mining towns in California, and known as the bawdiest in the area. In its heyday, the town boasted a population of 15,000. When the gold rush fever came to an end, residents left in search of a better place to settle, and the town now houses less than 800 people. Today, it is a quiet place with many tourists interested in its historic status. There are no veterinarians or clinics in Mokelumne Hill, but neighboring communities very near have many clinics ready to receive your pup.
When you travel to Mokelumne Hill, stay at the dog-friendly Leger Hotel and return to the 1800's gold rush era. Enjoy Blues and BBQ every Sunday evening from May Day to Labor Day with your pup out back.
Neighboring communities can extend your historical adventure discovering what life was like during the gold rush. Detert Park, just a few miles away in Jackson, is a great place for a leashed walk with your pup. He’ll be thrilled with a little exploration by the creek. Take along a picnic and stay awhile in the outdoors. While travelling in the area, you can also stay at the Best Western Amador Inn that welcomes two pups for an extra fee. Discover the gold rush with you pup in Mokelumne Hill!
When traveling to Mokelumne Hill, stay in the Historic Hotel Leger, built in 1851 by G. Leger on the richest strike of the California Gold Rush. The suites of the Leger are all uniquely decorated with elegant antiques, down comforters, marble fireplaces, and balcony access. All thirteen suites overlook the historic streets. They welcome two dogs with a combined weight less than 100 pounds for an additional fee. The Whitewater Grill & Saloon at Hotel Leger is a full-service dining establishment serving lunch and dinner. Well-behaved dogs under one hundred pounds are welcome on the saloon balcony, or in the rear pool courtyard.
Seven miles from Mokelumne Hills, you’ll find the Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park in Jackson. The tailing wheel system and mine are pieces of gold rush history that have been preserved by the community in this small park. What an interesting place for a leashed walk with Fido! Extend your walk up the hill to see other tailing wheels. Bring along a picnic lunch and return to the days of the Gold Rush. Fido will be extra thrilled with a chance to be wild and unleashed in the dog park located on the park grounds. There's a double entry and exit, a picnic table for humans, a large grassy/dirt surface, water, and a dog waste station.
Eighteen miles from Mokelumne Hill is the town of Ione, home to the Charles Howard Park. This park has something for everyone in the family, including the family pooch. There are two play structures, a skate park, horse arena, and baseball and soccer fields. There's even a horse and walking trail that goes all the way around the park for a sniff-tastic stroll for Fido, but be sure to keep your pup leashed. The many beautiful trees that are planted throughout the park provide shade in the summer. Bring along a picnic lunch or dinner, and enjoy a little more time in nature with friends and family. Tons of parking is available, as are restroom facilities.
Just 12 miles away in Valley Springs, you’ll find the Acorn Recreation Area. The 128 site Acorn Campground is a sunny camp just a short walk from the shores of the New Hogan Lake in the brush-covered hills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The area supports a wide variety of wildlife in both summer and winter making for a sniff-tastic leashed hike with your pup. The south shore of the lake has been designated as a wildlife viewing area. The "River of Skulls" hiking trail is located below the dam at the Monte Vista Recreation Area. Pull on those hiking boots and grab the leash for a pawsome walk in this beautiful natural area, just a short walk from the shores of the New Hogan Lake.
Commanche South Shore Recreation Area in Valley Springs, a short 12 miles from Mokelumne Hill, features a lake with family and group camping near the shoreline. Well-behaved, leashed pups are welcome to join their family around the camp and on the hiking trails. Cottages and RV sites are also available, as well as boating options. Mobile Home Park 2 is known for its beautiful serene setting, large mature trees and its access to the China Gulch Trails, an 11.6 mile out and back trail that is moderately traveled. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June til October.