In need of a great place to take your pup in the northern central region of sunny California? A pup-friendly place to hike and spend some quality time with your fur-ever friend is the Bailey Cove Trail in Lakehead, California.
Located in the Shasta Trinity National Forest, this 3.1-mile hike is easily accessed by parking at the Bailey Cove Day Use Area. There is a box here with envelopes where you can deposit your $6-day use fee. A landscaped path will take you through the picnic area to the marina where a sign will indicate the beginning of the Bailey Cove Trailhead! This is your entrance to fun!
The trail heads north and continues around the entire edge of Shasta Lake on this peninsula that juts out into the water. Beautiful ferns and mosses will be present along the northern portion of the trail where you begin as you meander through the forest. Continuing clockwise, Bailey Cove Trail offers you a diverse landscape throughout and you will be treated to views of the marina, boats going by and a few little creeks bubbling across the path. The footing is either compact dirt or pine needles, which offer a carpet-like feeling for Fido’s paws. When you complete your pawtastic hike, why not have a picnic lunch at the tables by the marina and celebrate a great day together?
Your pup will enjoy the coolness this hike offers provided by the shade of the trees and the breezes off the water. This trail is suitable for most pups as there is only a gradual incline throughout its entire journey. Be sure to keep pups on leash here as this is a requirement of the national forest. This is a shared-use trail for bicyclists as well, so be sure to give them the right of way. The trailhead/trail end features restrooms and drinking fountains.
The Bailey Cove Trail is all you need in a pup-friendly hike. Check it out today!
There is poison oak present on the north side of the trail.