Dunsmuir may be small, but it’s surrounded by big nature! This quiet mountain town is situated in Siskiyou County, Northern California. It sits in the shadows of the majestic Mount Shasta, the tallest free standing volcano in North America. This city with no stop lights will win you over with it’s small town charm, rugged mountains and rivers. The trails and parks in these areas make it a breeze for you and your pup to have the active, healthy lifestyle you both deserve!
If you want to get into the great outdoors with your pup, the iconic Pacific Crest Trail also passes through this town. From Soda Creek Road in the south end of Dunsmuir, you can connect to section #144 of the Pacific Crest Trail. This section is just over 10 miles, and travels from Dunsmuir to the Girard Ridge. From the Girard Ridge Lookout, you can take in sweeping views of Mount Shasta, the Sacramento River Canyon and the towering spires of the Castle Crags. Leashed dogs are allowed, but there are no facilities so be sure to bring plenty of drinking water for you and your pup.
When you and your puppy are tuckered out, head over to the Railroad Park Resort. This campground offers dog-friendly campsites along the peaceful Castle Creek and among the tall pines. Amenities include modern restrooms and a group barbecue pit.
With all of these pet friendly activities and amenities, Dunsmuir is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging!
The Dunsmuir City Center is not short on green space and urban parks for you and your doggo to relax in! It’s in this neighborhood that you can find the Tauhindauli Park and Trails. This park offers a great way to enjoy the gorgeous Sacramento River Canyon. You can take a heart pumping jog or a leisurely stroll along the walkways in this park, and kick back and relax at the picnic tables with river views. Well behaved dogs are welcome as long as they stay leashed and get picked up after. When your stomach is growling, head over to Cafe Maddalena in the same neighborhood. This dog friendly bistro allows dogs at the outdoor seating under the grape arbor.
In the Shasta Retreat neighborhood of Dunsmuir, you can find the park that all the dogs are barking about! The Dunsmuir City Park is pawpular among families, outdoor lovers, and dog walkers, so be prepared to make some furry friends! The park is nestled into a pine, oak and cedar forest along the Sacramento River. Features include playgrounds and picnic tables. Attached to the park is the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens. You and your pup will love the sights and smells as you wander through dogwood trees, shasta lillies, and wild azaleas. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their two-legged friends, as long as they get picked up after.
The Shasta Springs neighborhood is home to a hidden gem, the Mossbrae Falls. The falls can be found by hiking next to the rail tracks that run along the Sacramento River. Use caution when hiking in this area, because the railway is still operational and there may be some trains that pass while you’re hiking. A new, safer trail is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2018. Once you’ve arrived at the falls, you and your best pal can relax and watch their thundering power, or take a splash into the refreshing waters. Leashed dogs are allowed to join in on the fun, as long as they are picked up after! There are no amenities in this area, so be sure to bring your own supplies like waste bags and dog treats!
The neighboring small town of Castella is just south of Dunsmuir. Although this town virtually just has a gas station and a post office, it provides access the the woofderful Castle Crags State Park. In the Castle Crags wilderness, you’ll be able to see the 6000 foot granite spires that have inspired myths and legends. Although dogs are not allowed on the trails, they are welcome in the Castle Crags Campground and on the trail that leads to the picnic areas along the Sacramento River and at the Vista Point. There are 76 developed campsites here, with picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms nearby. Your furry pal needs to stay leashed, and be inside a tent or car at night.
Just north of Dunsmuir is the larger city of Mount Shasta. Just a 20 minute drive away, the City Center neighborhood has plenty of pawrific things to do with your pupper! One of the town favorites, is the Mount Shasta City Park. In this 26 acre park you can watch small streams coming down from Mount Shasta form the headwaters of the mighty Sacramento River. You and your pupper can enjoy the views at a bench, or wander down the footpaths across scenic bridges and through weeping willows. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park, just don’t forget the waste bags! After working up an appetite, head over to Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant, in the same neighborhood. Here you can chow down on a Burrito Cabo Blanco next to your canine companion at one of the dog friendly outdoor tables.