Looking for camping and hiking spots in the Sierras and foothills where I can take our 4.5-year-old son and/or our dog.
Li'l DakotaPaul is excited about (car) camping again this summer. Last year we took him to Gold Country Campground
, which he loved, but I'd like to find places where we spend the days taking short hikes, swimming in lakes, dipping our toes in rivers and streams, and scrambling on rocks or climbing trees. Maybe the camp site has these activities nearby, or maybe we'd have to drive a bit from the site to get to them; either is fine. It doesn't even need to be a campground—if you know of a great spot on National Forest lands where we could just pitch the tent, we'd be up for that.
Also, recommendations for dog-friendly camping site are appreciated. I'd also like to take my dog with me on longer hikes this summer. Can you take them on pretty much any National Forest lands? Where do you take your dog hiking in the Sierras?
We live in Lodi, so three or fewer hours of driving would be ideal, though we'll go further if it's really worth it. Thanks!