Since some of us will be in McCall Sunday at the Monster Dog Pull and Winter Carnival; it was suggested to me people would like to do a Saturday hike. So here it is! I apologize for the late start (hopefully our cold weather holds and continues to keep everything nice and frozen) but on Saturday mornings I get together with my decoy and we train the protection dogs. So we are going to have to meet later and hope everything is still frozen and/or dry.
We will be doing Bob's Trail (plus some of Corrals #31.) This is a nice out and back that comes with some interesting scenery (waterfall anyone?) and some free flowing water scattered through out the trail for the dogs. The trail head does have a trash can, but there are no rest rooms!
We will meet LuLu's Pizza and caravan to the trial head. It is a little awkward to find so it's easier to just play follow-the-leader than hope to explain it to every one. The trail head is just a couple of miles from LuLu's though, and if people are worried about gas etc there will be carpooling options. The trail its self can be as long or as short as we like. Bob's trail ends at the 1.65 mile mark, but meets up with Corrals and we can continue on that for quite a while (as long as we want - today I did about 7 miles total.) There are a lot of wide open spaces and some neat creek crossings (that are almost entirely dry thanks to the season, but those that aren't are easily hopped over even with my short legs!)
I figure we can just go along until the group gets tired/bored, or we run out of good trail and have to turn back thanks to the muck. This is an out and back, which I know isn't as interesting, but the loops this time of year are difficult to come up with with out running into bad trail. I plan to do some more exploring of this area over the next few weeks and can hopefully come up with a loop that's a manageable distance for the group (or we could be brave and do really long hikes! :P )
YOUR SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. YOUR DOG IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. There are a few places where the dogs can go off trail into the wash and get water. But if Fido is particularly thirsty it might be wise to have some water for him in the car. There have been coyotes spotted in this area in the past (and today Zulu chased one down.) So be aware of your surroundings!
The trail is more technically challenging then the one we did last weekend, but is not difficult by any means. There are some hills but nothing steeper then we have tackled before. And the rocky sections are short lived and easily navigated with attention paid to ones feet. Dress for the weather guys! This inversion + fog we have going on makes for some cold temperatures so be prepared! Leia will be on hand to carry any poo deposits made too far from the trash can to turn back. While there are no restrooms (or outhouses) at the trail head there are a few places with good bush cover if you get desperate. As always for any one who has questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to email me ([masked]) or shoot me a text[masked] or ask your question as a reply to this posting!
Hope to see you guys there!