Adventure Pack Hike - Trillium Lake

Adventure Pack Hike! *moved to Jan. 18th for better conditions*

This hike will take us from the Trillium Lake Sno-Park, down to the lake, and around its shores. This hike is for adventurous and athletic dogs and people, in healthy condition. Small dogs and short haired dogs without winter gear should not attend.

Head out from Portland by 8:00 am, as road conditions may be hazardous and require chains. A valid Sno-Park pass is required to park. Single day passes are available, check online for retail locations.

Snowshoes or cross country skis are welcome, ski-jor dogs also welcome. We will meet at 10:00 am, with the hike starting once people have gathered. Check REI for snowshoe rentals if you are interested in trying out a fun snow hike.

I do not expect many, if any, to join me, but Darwin and I were heading up and thought we should put out the invitation.

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  • Tender Souls Animal R.

    Damn I'm really bummed I missed this one, but it was my step daughter's birthday. I really hope you do another one of these!

    January 19, 2014

  • julie y.

    there are places where dogs are required on leash and then there are place where they are not. The whole point of taking them out is so they can get excercise. Some dogs require excercise running at a speed much faster than I can keep up, such as a boxer. I had very seldom see dogs on leash in snow park when snow shoeing. Only dogs on leash are ones that are agressive. Dogs have pecking order and there are usually a little skirmish when they first meet, but ok afterwards. This is evident in dog parks. I think dogs' owners need to be more educated about this. I can recommend some books on the subject.

    January 17, 2014

    • Chip P

      Julie,
      Leashed dogs will display aggression when they feel cornered and trapped. If one dog in our group is anxious, or nervous, and is approached by a hyper, off-leash dog, the leashed dog may attack to defend itself. The actual cause of aggression is from the off-leash dog, making an unexpected approach into the personal space of another dog. This is why I insist that ALL dogs on our Pack Walks are leashed. There are many off-leash areas where you may exercise your boxer without worrying about leash regulations. After our walks, you are encouraged to continue on longer distances if your pup needs more exercise, however, as long as you are walking with the group, please keep your dog(s) leashed.

      January 18, 2014

    • julie y.

      Thank you Chip for your explanation and I agree with you. My dog Lily was attacked by 3 pit bull when entering a dog park while she was leashed when she was a puppy. The dog park didn't have double entry. Eversince then she is extremely agressive with other dogs while on leash, as she displayed the first time I came to the group. But was totally fine walking with the off leash dogs. If every dog is leashed, then no problem. But if we walk in area where most dogs are no leashed, such as snow park, then, it's a big problem. So I wouldn't put her on leash there and so i won't be coming. Thanks again.

      January 18, 2014

  • Chip P

    I'm happy to see such active conversations with the group.

    As a reminder, ALL dogs are expected to be on-leash when walking with the group. As mentioned, dog leashing is about helping the aggressive or antisocial dogs adapt well to the environment. Unless EVERY dog is leashed, the positives of leashing will be wasted.

    The winter conditions are terrible so far this year. Anyone joining the hike is welcome, although there may not be enough snow for snowshoeing. Traction cleats or snowboots should handle the conditions well enough. May be slight rain today.

    January 18, 2014

  • Edgar F.

    Will it be safe for dogs to be off leash on this hike? My girls are well behaved, but they like to run around and I encourage that. After all, that's the whole point.

    January 4, 2014

    • magnusalpha

      Here's the problem : Your dogs may be fine, but other people's dogs are not fine with unleashed dogs rushing up and getting in the dog/owner space. My local park does not have an off-leash area, and yet there are always people with off-leash dogs. Their dogs charge up at me and my on-leash dog, and they yell out "It's okay! They're friendly!" OK, but your dogs being friendly has nothing to do with whether my dog likes you invading our space. Bet you don't think about that until you're wondering why they're fighting...

      Just a thought you should consider. "My dogs are friendly" is not even the main consideration when going off leash. The main consideration is "how will forcing other people to deal with it play out?"

      January 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well said! I hope all dog owners read this and understand it. Some of us are not use to other dogs and don't know what a dog is going to do when it runs straight at us or our dog. Please don't let your dog approach people or other dogs unless you are specifically in a "OFF LEASH" dog park. I think 99% of dog owners are responsible but it only takes 1% to give the rest a bad name.

      January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to agree with magnusalpha. My dogs has leash issues therefore he is leashed and away from other dogs for a reason. As a dog owner you need to be aware that not all dogs like to be approached. So as Julie states, you need to educate yourself about ALL dog behavior if you are going to let your dog off leash and approach other dogs that are ON LEASH. Most dogs on are leash for a reason so DO NOT let your dog approach other dogs. I hate it when people say "my dog wants to meet your dog" and run up to him. Ask the other dog owner first before approaching as well as don't reach down and pet my dog unless you ask me. A lot of dogs do not like to be petted on the head. This doesn't make them "bad dogs". Like people, all dogs have different personalities and needs. Dog can exists on and off leash together, but just be responsible.

    January 17, 2014

  • julie y.

    Would you be hiking or snow shoeing? Pretty hard to hike in the snow? Can we carpool? I like to take Lily snow shoeing but would like to do it off leash in order for her to be able to run and stay warm. It would be wonderful if we can carpool.

    January 17, 2014

  • Edgar F.

    My local dog park is having a work party which I always try to attend. I will have to skip this one.

    January 14, 2014

  • Janine O.

    Are snowshoes necessary? Last time we visited a sno-park we found the trails had been packed and groomed and we were able to walk on them in boots just fine. But I'm not sure if they do that on the lake trail.

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a super super busy place. Not a great place to have a lot of dogs off leash. I lead dog hikes/snowshoes on a regular basis and this trail is just too busy the whole way. I would suggest White River Canyon but suggest dogs be least for at least the first 1/2 mile until you are passed the kids and sleds and leash them again on the return. Barlow Pass or any other snow park that are not so popular with families is a better choice for us with 4 legged kids. It the location is changed I can go and drive and take maybe two dogs if they are less then 60 lbs and well-behaved. Or I am willing to hitch a ride with someone. I don't have a OR snowpark pass, but I do have a WA one.

    January 12, 2014

  • Chip P

    If there are any interested hikers, let's get some carpools going if possible.

    December 30, 2013

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