a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Switchbacks

Monday, December 26, 2011

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Switchbacks

SUMMARY: Hike at Las Trampas.
The trails at this park for the most part go straight up or straight down the sides of ridges. Even their few switchbacks could have used switchbacks. My legs are SO tired!  Our little 3-hour hike turned into a 6-hour, 6.5 miles, 1400 foot cumulative elevation gain hike.

Update: Dec 28 a.m: I printed a large version of the topo map and went over the contour lines individually. According to the park's map, we did 6.93 miles and according to my calculations, 2060 feet cumulative elevation gain, not the 1400 that MapMyRun came up with!

Five agility friends, 10 agility dogs. And what good dogs they were!

(Left to right: Steamer, Carson, Boost, Tika, Sheila, Jersey, Kipper, Kaz (or did I get those 2 reversed?), Surely, Kinetic.

And again, all cooperating for a nice post on an old dead tree:
Jersey, Sheila, Boost, Tika, Surely, Kinetic, and front row Carson, Steamer, Kipper, and Kaz.
As we released the dogs from the log pose, we discovered that  a biker had hopped off his bike and was trying to get down to us in the field to get a photo of the amazing 10 dogs all posing prettily, but he was just a few seconds too late. I guess it is pretty amazing to have that many dogs all cooperate all at once. But we're professionals; don't try this at home!

I had a great time even though it wiped out my legs quite thoroughly.

(Photos by Kraig Paulsen.)


  1. That is pretty amazing. I love the dead tree too.

  2. Barbara loves dog photos on dead trees and has a good eye for cool ones.

  3. Who knew that all that impulse control training would come in handy for photo sessions?