Bring your furry pal to stay right beside a real volcano at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, found to the northeast of Oakland. This camping experience is perfect for those that want to try the local trails that wind through the ancient volcanic mounds, including the East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail, which spans an impressive 31 miles!
The campground at the preserve is less of a campground and more of a campsite where up to 15 backpackers can lay their head to rest for the night. You're able to park up to three cars back at the entrance as long as proper permits are displayed. Two tent pads make up the site, and drinking water can be found only 0.2 miles away. While you can bring a camping stove along for your trek, no fires are permitted whatsoever. The cost to use the site is $5 per person for those aged 16 and up. Younger campers are allowed but must be with an adult to use the facility.
Visitors here will be in awe of the views from this campsite. Vollmer Peak, Tilden Park, and Mount Diablo can all be seen right from where your tent is pitched, making for the perfect spot to have your morning coffee before heading out for a hike. Be sure to check out Round Top, the area's window into this state's volcanic past. This formation is also where many students and scientists come to learn about how our planet works.
Your fur-baby is welcome to come along to explore, provided you keep them on-leash throughout your stay. Please keep this incredible area clean by picking up any of your pooch's waste while you're here -- don't forget the doggie bags!
For a trip to Oakland that is really like no other, check out this backpacking adventure at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve!