Apr 11, 2012 by DailyPuppyCharm
Hiking with Your Dog encourages both the dog and owner(s), perhaps even a friend or two to get out and take a hike! But before you run off to the nearest trail (where dogs are allowed) please follow these safety precautions because there is nothing better than a well-behaved dog and prepared owner on the trail.
1) Your dog should be trained to walk well and quietly on a leash.
2) You should be able to control your dog if any circumstances arise.
3) Pick-up after your dog’s poop and dispose of it properly.
4) Bring water for both you and your dog.
5) Plan ahead! Do your research or ask park officials if pets are allowed, if it’s an on-leash or off-leash trail and if trail conditions are suitable.
Angel Rest Trail (Portland, OR) This relatively short hike leading to a spectacular view is one of the most popular trails in the Columbia River Gorge—and in Oregon. Expect to meet many other dogs and hikers no matter what season or time of day. There’s one reliable stream for a doggie dip, but the summit is devoid of shade, so carry plenty of water on hot days.
Devils Chair Trail (Llano, CA) This is a magical yet secluded area of the Angeles National Forest. Chances are you and your dogs might be the only civilized life on the trail, even on weekends. The main reason for seclusion is that this is the backside of the forest, and coming from L.A., you have to travel pretty far around to reach it. Even from San Bernardino, this trip is out of the way. If there is water in the creek and people staying in the campgrounds, you can almost lay odds that they are fishermen and not hikers. Perhaps the greatest reason this is a seldom traveled route is that it is primarily a winter hike; situated at 4500 feet where the mighty Mojave Desert meets oak and pine means that this area can cook any time of year. Needless to say, coming here in summer and expecting free-flowing water and cool temps would be the very definition of insanity. Even in March, temperatures can be well above 80 degrees, so check the weather before setting out, and if it is hot, bring extra water for you and your dogs.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (San Antonio, TX) Enchanted Rock is one of the nation’s largest batholiths—an underground rock formation uncovered by erosion—a 640-acre dome of pink granite rising 425 feet above the surrounding countryside. Tonkawa Indian legend and mystery surround the formation, designated a National Natural Landmark in 1970 and opened as a state park in 1984. From the Loop Trail, hikers can view all sides of Enchanted Rock and its environs.
Norse Peak (Enumclaw, WA) Hike here in summer and you’ll want to pack several quarts of water, then toss in two more once you’ve got all you think you’ll need. This trail climbs steeply on sun-parched slopes, and you and your dog are going to need lots of water to stay hydrated and healthy. And you’ll want to be healthy and feeling good, because the scenery you encounter on this short trail will be something you want to see and remember for a long time. The acres of wildflowers on all sides will capture your attention, and when you tire of the rainbow of colors on the ground, you’ll find new, breathtaking vistas around every corner. Herds of elk frequent the meadows on the slopes to Norse Peak, and mountain goats dance and prance around the rocks at the ridge top. Hawks and golden eagles soar overhead, and small snakes and alligator lizards live on the sun-heated slopes underfoot. Keep your dog under control so she doesn’t get excited and chase any of these critters.
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