Human-canine partnerships are a wonderful thing. Some places along the Pacific Crest Trail can be great to visit with your dog. There is nothing quite like curling up with your dog at camp after a long day on trail. The PCT can also be a poor place to bring your dog depending on the dog and the location.
Hiking the PCT with your dog is possible in some areas, but it should only be attempted after considerable thought, planning and preparation. Here’s a bit about the matter.
Reducing the impact of a dog
Dealing with dog poop
Dog poop can contain fecal coliform bacteria, Giardia, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and more. These bacteria and parasites can persist in the soil for years and get into the water and our bodies and infect wildlife. Keep your dog’s vaccinations current. Make sure that your pet is worm and parasite-free through regular testing and de-worming if necessary. This will help reduce the chances of your dog introducing diseases, parasites or worms to wild animals.
If you’re out for the day, carry a plastic bag and pack out your dog’s poop. As a day-tripper, you’re near a trailhead and in a higher-use area. On overnight trips, bury your dog’s poop like you would your own. Dig a hole 6-8 inches deep and push it in. Never leave your dog’s poop on the surface of the trail or on the surface near a campsite. Trails funnel runoff into our drinking water. People might also step in it.