San Bernardino Tourism Blog
Pet Friendly Vacation in Wrightwood
May 02, 2018
Monique Carter
Pack up your pet and head out for an outdoor trip to Wrightwood. Nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains, the cozy mountain community is an accessible destination to enjoy the great outdoors and nature landscapes with your pets. Travel through the forest, snack on yummy bites and experience a home away from home in the mountains. The mountain charm of Wrightwood adds to the fun and overall experience of spending time outside with your four-legged friend.

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Dog-Friendly Activities in Wrightwood


Angeles National Forest
The Angeles National Forest is more than 650,000 acres of outdoor space, just ready for exploration. It includes the San Gabriel Wilderness Area and varies in terrain. From 1,200 feet to over 10,000 feet in elevation, the forest is dense with lush pines, well-traveled hiking trails, hidden lakes and beautiful natural landscapes. Similar to the neighboring San Bernardino National Forest, it’s a great destination to hike, fish, swim and enjoy “California’s outdoor playground.”

A nearby hiking trail is Blue Ridge Trail. Round trip,the hike is a little more than 4-miles. It has several areas of high incline, but is an overall easy scenic trek. Depending on the time of year, you could see a full bloom of colorful wildflowers.

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Cinnamon’s Bakery and Sandwich Shop
Enjoy a light breakfast at Cinnamon’s Bakery and Sandwich Shop. Popular in the community, this local bakery prepares a variety of baked confections from bread and muffins to donuts and custom cakes. The bakery serves up a combination of sweet treats to enjoy as well as a good-sized menu of savory sandwiches. Adding to their charm, they are well known for their delicious biscuits and gravy, a staple on their menus as it’s one of the first dishes that inspired the culinary passion of owner Kim Vodden. Stop by for a bit and enjoy your breakfast on the patio.


Jackson Lake
Just 10 minutes from Wrightwood, Jackson Lake is a popular destination to explore in the northeast portion of the Angeles National Forest. At 6,000 feet elevation, the 7-acre mountain lake is surrounded by thickets of oak trees and pine forest. During spring and summer, fishing is a popular activity as the lake is stocked with bluegill and rainbow trout. It’s a great location to relax and enjoy the natural ambience of the mountains with a few great games of fetch with your pet.


Wrightwood Brewing Co.
Enjoy an evening at local hot spot, Wrightwood Brewing Company. It’s one of the first brewing company’s to open in the mountain community. Their menu consists of a curated selection of hot and cold sandwiches to pair with their variety of brews. The growing establishment currently offers a variety of 5 beers with more to come. Their outdoor seating is perfect for furry friends with a view of the main street area.

Mountain High Cabins
End the day with a night’s stay at Mountain High Cabins. The collection of cabins shows off the mountain charm of Wrightwood. The wood cabins vary in amenities to bring unique experiences with each stay. Each of the five cabins is dog-friendly. Along with their indoor amenities, each property features a fenced yard perfect for your pup to enjoy it’s own space during your mountain stay.

Courtesy of Stay in Wrightwood Cabins

Remember, Wrightwood has many hidden gems to explore. The number of adventures you can have with your four-legged friend go up when you take the time to discover what’s around you. If you and your furry friend are looking to have more fun, check out our previous blogs on pet-friendly destinations in San Bernardino County.  Visit to learn about other outdoor activities.
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