Take Fido hiking through Pollock Pines in the El Dorado National Forest. The Fleming Meadow Trail System includes a 7.1-mile loop and a few feeder pathways. This multi-use route is open to mountain bikers and horseback riders as well as hikers. Expect to have company when you come here; it's a well-loved area. You'll be walking over a dirt surface as you climb and descend a few hills. There are steep sections at a few spots along the way.
Park at the trailhead off Bonetti Road near the mining road. There are no restrooms in this area. If you head west, you'll go over a small hill then descend to the low point of the road. This first section of the loop has some open path among the tall pines. As you draw closer to Camp Creek, the canopy gets thicker. The route starts a long climb to the trail's summit after a level section at the bottom of the path. Enjoy the scenic vistas when you crest the hill. The rest of the way is a rolling descent through heavy forest cover. There are a few side trails that go down to Camp Creek and are very challenging. Watch for woodland creatures like deer and birds on your trek.
You can include your furry pal in your hike unless the trail markers indicate otherwise. Pups must have a leash on them. Be respectful of other loop users by yielding the path to them. Pack water and waste collection bags to remove Fido's droppings.
The Fleming Meadow Trail System, also known as 8 Loop, is a puptacular spot to take a hike with your pooch. This place offers a shady place to get your exercise on a warm day. While you're here, look for the geocache that's in the area. There are some furrific viewpoints along the way.