For a hike off the beaten path, head to the Travelers Home Trail near Covelo. Weaving through the California wilderness that is the Mendocino National Forest, this trail is the pawfect choice if you wish to go off-grid, avoid the crowds, and spend some time in nature with your furry pal.
The Travelers Home Trail begins at a logging landing trailhead on Forest Route 24N2. It can be a little hard to find, since there are no signs along State Route 162. Keep your eyes peeled for a dirt road—once you're on it, you should see some signs directing you to the trailhead. As soon as you hit the single-track trail, you and Fido will find yourselves descending through a gorgeous forest, passing pretty meadows, glades, and creek crossings. Remember to bring your camera and take photos of your pupper enjoying all the unfamiliar sights and smells.
As you approach the midpoint of the trail, it will take you and your pooch along the mountain face and down several switchbacks until you reach the Eel River at the base of the mountain. This is where hikers usually set up camp. If you're only visiting for the day, now would be the time to explore the area and have some snacks before going back the way you came. While the route continues beyond the river, only the first 3 miles of the trail are known to be passable, so once you get to this point, it's either set up camp or return to the trailhead.
Before you set off on your outdoor adventure, make sure you've brought enough water for yourself and your canine companion. Although there are natural water sources along the way, these are not potable unless purified, as water-borne parasites are present in the forest. And be sure to pack out everything you pack in, including your doggo's doo.
For a recharging and unfurgettable experience in the great outdoors of California, take the trail less traveled with Travelers Home!
The trail gets hot and humid in the summer, so it's best to avoid it then. Visit during the spring, fall, or winter for a pleasant day hike.