There is nothing like going on a long hike through the open countryside accompanied by your fur buddy. If you trek the Briceburg Hike towards Yosemite, you'll be alongside the River Merced all the way. It's a ten-minute drive from Midpines to the left fork onto Briceburg Road. Right at the start of Briceburg Road, you'll see a small bridge spanning the river which you need to drive over. There's a dirt parking lot on the far side where you can leave your vehicle.
Leash you furry hiking buddy and walk to the gate at the end of the parking lot. Go through the gate, keep to the right and you're on the trail. If you turn left, you'll be heading onto the Burma Grade Trail which is a steep hike up the mountainside and pretty tough going.
The Briceburg Hike towards Yosemite trail is a pleasant trek for you and your pup along the side of the valley, but you'll need to take water for both of you. The landscape the trail runs through is quite arid and exposed. The hillsides are dotted with sparse scrub, stumpy pines, and redbud trees. It's much greener in springtime when you'll find lots of wildflowers blooming, the area has grown a covering of grass strewn with poppies, and the redbuds are putting on a show. Autumn sees the surroundings change color to bright yellow when the tarweed covers the hillsides.
Part way along the trail, a creek cuts across it and depending on the water level, you may need to rock hop across. Your pup will be more than happy to have a splash in the shallows, but take care of the current. You'll notice parts of the river are quite lively too. The Merced is a popular river for rafting and has whitewater in places. It's a great hike, so have a puptastic trek!