"THURSDAY MORNING DOG HIKE" AL FOSTER TRAIL, 5 mile hike, LEVEL, EASY, BEAUTIFUL

TRAIL IS EASY, LEVEL, GRAVEL,  & VERY, VERY QUIET.   

GOOD FOR BEGINNERS & ALL DOGS - LARGE AND SMALL....  

TRAILS DON'T GET ANY PRETTIER OR EASIER THAN THIS.  Plus, almost no other PEOPLE!

Trail goes between towering bluffs on one side, and the Meramec River on the other.  On Thursday mornings, it is EXTREMELY quiet, so dogs can have a lot of freedom to just run and have fun.  We might pass 4 or 5 people on a 5 mile hike!!!

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS....if you don't read these carefully, you will go to the wrong place!

OLD STATE ROAD is about halfway between Hwy 44 and MANCHESTER ROAD off HWY 109.  Take Hwy 109 about 2 miles from either end to stoplight at OLD STATE ROAD.  Turn on OLD STATE ROAD, then IMMEDIATELY RIGHT ON WASHINGTON. 

Go all the way to the end of the road, past the RR tracks.  Your GPS will send you to a different parking lot inside the park, just keep driving until the road ends.  Map above is very good, use it if you don't know the area.  Very easy to find this one, if you follow these directions.

Meet at the LAST PARKING LOT on the road, PAST THE RR TRACKS !

No bathrooms here, only at the first 2 parking lots, and they're kinda nasty. 

Also, no water in this park, bring some to drink.  More important, BRING SOME FOR YOUR DOG, or plan to let your pup drink from the river.

 

NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES ALLOWED unless you keep them shortened!  When we walk as a group, they are a danger and, at the very least, A HUGE AGGRAVATION, to the rest of us. 

We walk at a reasonably brisk pace, and this will be about 2 hours of actual walking.  However, we will not be trying to set any speed records, we stop when we need to. 

We have a planned stop at Sherman Beach (BELOW) after about 1 hour of walking.  It's not fancy, but it's a very quiet and safe gravel bar and the dogs can play and just be dogs here.  We will spend a little "stop-n-play" time at Sherman, then head back to Glencoe Beach, unless the Meramec River is up, then this "beach" is underwater.

Allow 2 hours for this 5 mile hike.

Please be on time, we hit the trail promptly at 10:00.

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  • patty S.

    Had a great time today - loved the sun and blue sky. Good to see everybody. Thank you, Karen

    1 · February 13, 2014

    • Karen B

      It was good to talk to you again. Hopefully, we'll be able to walk more often, if the winter weather ever goes away and stays away.

      February 13, 2014

  • DeAnne B.

    Beautiful snow, beautiful people, and a bunch of super nice pups. Great walk! Thank you, Karen!

    1 · February 13, 2014

    • Karen B

      Thanks, DeAnne. It's always such a pleasure to have you & ANGEL along!

      February 13, 2014

  • Carolyn B.

    Wow! Had to take off my coat. Loved the Zombie trail.

    1 · February 13, 2014

    • Karen B

      I think that ZOMBEE liked the Zombie Trail too, from the look on her face in that last photo!

      February 13, 2014

  • Karen B

    Beautiful day for a hike, the trail was still snow covered and not sloppy at all. Little BELLA had her first off leash experience....can't say she was perfect, but she mostly came when called. I'm sure she'll sleep well tonight. Carolyn and ZOMBEE, it was good to have you with us again, after what we put you through on your first hike with us. ZOMBEE has to take the prize for the cutest face in the dog pack! DeAnne and Patty, always a pure pleasure to have you two and your two wonderful dogs, ANGEL and LIEBE.

    Hope all of our pups sleep well tonight, SISSY is snoring.

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Karen B

    Forecast has changed for this hike!

    High temp now predicted at 47 degrees! Time to get out of the house. Trail might be sloppy, with the snow melt.

    February 12, 2014

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