Dog-friendly Hiking Trails in Yosemite


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Yosemite is a popular tourist location for people that enjoy walking, so it is also popular with dog owners.

However, not all areas of Yosemite National Park are dog-friendly, so it is important to do your research before you set off! We’ve made it easy for you with our handy guide to dog-friendly hiking trails in Yosemite.


First off, the rules

Generally, dogs are allowed on fully paved roads, bicycle paths and pavements as long as they are on a lead that is no longer than 6 feet and there are no signs forbidding them.

You must ensure that any dog food or treats that you bring are stored in bear-proof containers.

Bridalveil Fall

This dog-friendly hiking trail features one of Yosemite’s most famous waterfalls and makes for some stunning photos. The waterfall at Bridalveil Fall flows almost all year round, but the best time to visit is early Spring. 

The trail is a short 0.5-mile round trip so everyone can enjoy the beautiful scenery, and it won’t be too challenging, even if you have a small dog.

Tuolumne Grove and Nature Trail

If you are looking for a slightly longer dog-friendly hike, try Tuolumne Grove and Nature Trail which is around 5.4 miles long.

This trail is open to dogs through to Hodgdon Meadows Campground, except for on the side loops where dogs are not permitted. Surrounded by giant trees, this hiking trail is truly iconic – you won’t want to miss it.

Cook’s Meadow

When hiking in Yosemite, you are never far from picturesque scenes and Cook’s Meadow is no exception. 

Your four-legged friend will love joining you on this 2.25-mile dog-friendly hiking trail, and the flat surface of the trail means the whole family can join. Whilst on this walk, make sure to look out for Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Glacier Point – all of which can be seen on this trail.

Other hikes

If you have travelled a long way to visit Yosemite, you may wonder how you can visit some of the other iconic hiking trails where dogs are not permitted. Don’t worry – there are plenty of options for your dog to stay whilst you are out hiking.

There is a boarding kennel in Yosemite Valley, and you will need written proof of vaccinations for your dog to stay there. Alternatively, Tenaya Lodge offers a dog-sitting service and a kennel.


Now you know which dog-friendly hikes there are in Yosemite, it’s time to start booking your holiday! Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you with every step of your journey.