a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Hiking Without the Dogs

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hiking Without the Dogs

SUMMARY: Brisk hike with other people's dogs.

This evening I went on a lovely 4-ish mile hike, about 500 feet up and back down, at the Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve, which has been open to the public only for a very few years. Not only do they allow dogs on leash, but there's a huge section in the middle of the park where dogs are allowed off leash.

However, I did not take my beasts; too much trouble when I'm getting to know people in this Sierra Club group and also watch my feet and the poison oak. Maybe some other time.

The lower elevations were lush forests along a stream bed.

The dogs wanted to go on the dusky-footed woodrat trail.

From higher up Pulgas Ridge, you could see all the way out to San Francisco Bay.

It was a pretty huge group hiking this evening. I feel good now. My legs are comfortably tired and I'm starting to believe that I can actually do this Grand Canyon hike thingie.


  1. What Grand Canyon hike thingie? I've always wanted to hike down to the bottom stay the night and hike back out. I went down one mile years ago, took me (and my parents) 30 minutes going down and 3 hours coming up! :)


  2. No doubt you'll do fine on the Grand Canyon thingie! And what beautiful pictures will come from the trip!

  3. You can read my previous post about Hiking Into A Big Hole in the Ground.

    I went to Costco yesterday and bought a 4 GB card for my camera. My current 1 GB holds a few hundred photos. Please, please, let me not actually fill up both cards! And let them all be beautiful pictures!

  4. Oh my, the hike sounds wonderful! Can't wait to read all about it. Though I do agree there will be some sitting on the trail and crying! :)