If you and your doggo are looking for a Fido-friendly outdoor getaway close to California’s Kaiser Wilderness, you’d be barking mad not to consider camping at Kinnikinnick Campground! Sat on the shores of the serene Huntington Lake, the facilities at Kinnikinnick are a little primitive -- with no showers, electricity, or RV hookups, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the price is a little much for what you’re getting. But Kinnikinnick’s surroundings are simply stunning. The sites are fringed with firs and pine, many spots have lakeside views, and the striking High Sierras are visible in the distance. And with so many outdoor activity options nearby, you and your buddy are sure to sniff out something to do! There’s a convenience store about a quarter-mile away. The campground has a light usage according to the USDA Forest Service, but the campground has hosts that frequently patrol the area, making this a furrific choice for solo female hikers.
The Kaiser Wilderness should be the first stop for any hound-dog hiker! This breathtaking preserve is just a six-minute drive from the campground, or you can access it by taking a walk on the twelve-mile Kaiser Loop Trail, which has a trailhead just outside Kinnikinnick’s limits. The loop trail has a couple of steep inclines, but the wilderness boasts a trail for each and every ability, and most of them feature fabulous views. There are also trailheads for the Rancheria Falls and Indian Pools trails nearby. Huntington Lake is a lovely spot for a swim, but your pup will need to stay on dry land. It’s also well-stocked with trout, and you can cook your catch on one of the grills provided at every campsite.
Wifi isn’t available at Kinnikinnick, and cellular coverage varies from network to network, so check with your provider before you leave if you’re concerned about staying contactable. Fires are permitted, but only in designated rings, and regulations can change with the weather. You’ll also find drinking water available on-site. Remember to bring waste bags for your buddy, and have a pawesome trip!