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Old 02-28-2013, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Detroit, MI
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I'm moving the Humboldt Bay area this summer. My wife and I are very interested in places to hike with our dogs. Not just trails around town, but honest-to-god wilderness hiking/backpacking. It SUCKS that the CA State Park trails are closed to dogs. Is this a rule that is enforced or not? We have two very well behaved dogs, and if it's common practice to take dogs on the trail I wouldn't mind, but don't want to **** off the park rangers, or worse, get fined.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I think you would have to check with the State, county or city park or forest you're interested. in. I know that in Eureka city parks, like Sequoia park. the leash laws are enforced if LE is around..
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:59 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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You need to be VERY careful where you hike in the back woods of Humboldt County! (This goes for the surrounding counties, too.)

If you or your dogs (off leash) come upon someone's marijuana grow spot, beware---they are often booby-trapped, and/or patrolled by gun-toting guards and vicious guard dogs. No joke.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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A very good point.
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Earth :)
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I LOVE hiking in the Bay Area with our dog. I hope you and your wife will enjoy the beautiful hiking here as well. Buy the book Dog Lovers Book to California. It's packed with dog friendly hiking places. Check out Henry Cowell Redwood State Park in Santa Cruz County, Felton. Good luck. Enjoy!
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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I LOVE hiking in the Bay Area with our dog. I hope you and your wife will enjoy the beautiful hiking here as well. Buy the book Dog Lovers Book to California. It's packed with dog friendly hiking places. Check out Henry Cowell Redwood State Park in Santa Cruz County, Felton. Good luck. Enjoy!
Not sure the OP would want to drive 6 hours to go for a hike with their dogs.
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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I'm moving the Humboldt Bay area this summer. My wife and I are very interested in places to hike with our dogs. Not just trails around town, but honest-to-god wilderness hiking/backpacking. It SUCKS that the CA State Park trails are closed to dogs. Is this a rule that is enforced or not? We have two very well behaved dogs, and if it's common practice to take dogs on the trail I wouldn't mind, but don't want to **** off the park rangers, or worse, get fined.
There's a trail around Humboldt Bay thats dog friendly. It starts somewhere around the Seamus T. Bones rib joint off 101 in Eureka. The OP was posting back in Feb so he may be living in Eureka by now.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Earth :)
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The book covers all of CA including where this person lives, gave that park as an example from this book, so it would only be a 6 hour drive if they chose to go on a vacation.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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You need to be VERY careful where you hike in the back woods of Humboldt County! (This goes for the surrounding counties, too.)

If you or your dogs (off leash) come upon someone's marijuana grow spot, beware---they are often booby-trapped, and/or patrolled by gun-toting guards and vicious guard dogs. No joke.
Made me laugh...
This is basically a myth. Most marijuana grown in the area is grown indoors or on private property. Very few gardens have such 'security' systems as those that do are usually the Mexican Cartel on public lands that are so far and deep into the woods, there is no trail.
I've known many a grower and none are so paranoid or protective to use these extreme measures. Those that grow do so in areas that are far from the publics reach, or are in a building next to their home that looks like a garage. And all is behind a locked gate.
I don't know of any person who enjoys hikes going through a locked gate.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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A myth? Really?

Official warning to hikers last week:
Drug agents urge hikers to be wary of outdoor marijuana fields

Shots exchanged at grow site 4 days ago in Willits:
Mendocino County Sheriff Deputy & suspect exchange shots at pot grow site

Three people killed in past in 3 separate incidents:
Marijuana farms: Violence stalks the mountains above a quiet coastal town - Los Angeles Times

Hikers shot at:
Pot farms in California forest raided, dozens arrested – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs
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