A new Fido-friendly guide to parks chock-full of trees is now available from Save the Redwoods League and features Santa Cruz area places among its 29 hotspots. Promising to “welcome dogs for delightful times in the magical realms of coast redwood and giant sequoia forests” 29 Awesome Dog-Friendly Redwood Parks includes Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains town of Felton, and Pogonip Open Space near U.C. Santa Cruz. Henry Cowell’s Meadow Trail, Pipeline Road, Graham Hill Trail, and Powder Mill Fire Road are called out in the guide as sweet spots for pooches, and as moderate hikes featuring wide open meadows surrounded by redwood trees, stunning views of the San Lorenzo River Valley, and wildflowers. Most of Pogonip’s eight miles of trails are open to dogs, including shady roads and paths with spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and the city. A map is included in the guide, so you can find the parks closest to your home turf, as well as fast and flavorful descriptions of each park, and what activities are available. The guide includes park features accessible to people with disabilities. The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos, Soquel’s Demonstration Forest, and the Loch Lomond Recreation Area in the Santa Cruz Mountains also received honorable mentions in the guide as places you’ll want to hike with your hound. The free guide can be downloaded at    

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