Nothing cleanses the soul more than a day of hiking in an ancient forest with only yourself and your best four-legged friend as company. Spending time in beautiful places reminds us to appreciate nature and the simple things in life.
While you may have hiked alone before, there’s no better way to bond with your dog than on a two-footed and four-footed adventure. For safety, choose your trail carefully, carry a GPS tracker, and let others know exactly where you’re going and when you plan to return.
Hiking with dogs requires only slightly more planning. Rules and regulations vary according to trailhead and park areas, so be sure to contact your local forest ranger station before taking your pets along. Start slowly and work into more intense trailheads or you may find yourself carrying an exhausted dog out in your pack.