Composed of over 1,700 square miles in Northeastern California, Lassen National Forest is one of the state’s premier outdoor recreation areas. It spreads across five counties in Northern California and contains three officially designated wilderness areas, lakes, many campgrounds, riding and biking trails, and hiking trails, including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Canada to Mexico along the Western United States.
Surrounding Lassen Volcanic National Park, the forest includes a great variety of elevation, climate, and wildlife. Many areas and campgrounds have occasional predators such as mountain lions and bears so it is important that campgrounds come equipped with bear lockers that can be used to store food and scented personal items. It’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on pets and come prepared with whistles or other safety precautions when camping in wilderness areas.
Some areas in Lassen National Forest allow backpack camping, but be aware of restricted areas and always be prepared for weather conditions and predators, especially at higher elevations and in more remote areas. Also be careful and responsible with fires outside of established fire pits, and do not cut or damage live trees.
Many parts of the forest receive significant amounts of snow during the winter. Sledding or snowmobiling in the winter, especially near available cabin rentals, are popular during the snowy season.
Within Lassen National Forest, there are a wide variety of outdoor activities you can do with your dog. In addition to the many campgrounds, there is also fishing, hiking, swimming, and much more. Most areas are open to pets, as long as they are on a leash of no more than six feet at all times.
If you bring your dog into wilderness areas, practice common courtesy and keep your dog on a leash and make sure to clean up after them. If you take your dog swimming or wandering away from trails off-leash, make sure your dog will always obey voice commands and be aware of other critters, from ticks and snakes to mountain lions and bears. Also make sure to clean up after yourself and your pet and keep areas nice for other visitors.