What we're about

We're a group of dog lovers who are ready to go "BEYOND THE SIDEWALK" with our best friends. Our main goal is to actually spend quality time with our pups doing fun things, instead of just hurrying through the daily grind of walking around the neighborhood.

You don't need to own a dog, but you'll have to tolerate ours. A lot of us have aging dogs, so there are usually other "dogless" hikers/paddlers.

Usually, we have 2-3 events/week, year round.

When it's cold, we hike. Usually, we hike 6-15 miles/week in cool weather.

When it's hot, we kayak. Some easy lake paddles, some 10 mile river trips.

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YOU MUST BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND EVENT. You'll need to answer our membership questions, RSVP like other members do, and abide by our rules if you want to hang out with us.

You don't need a dog to join our events, as long as you tolerate ours. We stop often to water the dogs, play in creeks/rivers/lakes, or to pose them for pictures.

Leave the negative talk about family or politics at home, just bring a sense of humor and enjoy the day.

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THE PACE OF OUR HIKES/PADDLES is more relaxed, and our groups are smaller. We take our "goof off" time seriously, especially if there's a puddle, creek, lake or river around. You do have to be reasonably fit for most of our hikes, which average 3-6 miles long.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A POWER HIKING/PADDLING GROUP, THIS IS NOT IT!

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WE HAVE RULES & WE ENFORCE THEM! BE SURE TO READ THEM. LINK BELOW.

Keeps our dogs and people safe and happy. By joining our group, you acknowledge that you have read these rules and agree to abide by them. You, obviously, hike at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety and your dog's safety.

If you don't like these rules...or think they don't apply to you...you should not join our group!

https://www.meetup.com/TailsOnTheTrail-STL/pages/22318390/OUR_RULES_FOR_HAPPY_HIKING/

If your dog is mean or aggressive, you will be asked to leave.

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REQUIRED FOR MEMBERSHIP:

• A picture that clearly shows either you or your dog...prefer one of your dog!

• A real name for you and your dog

• Your dog's name, breed and age.

IF YOU DO NOT SUPPLY THESE THINGS, YOUR MEMBERSHIP WILL BE DENIED.

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Upcoming events (4+)

SUNDAY Dog Hike at DON ROBINSON PARK

Don Robinson State Park

A rugged dirt trail, some steep hills. After about 3 miles, we will hit the CANYON, crawl/slide down into it and walk up the middle. There will be creek crossings and some very narrow spots in the trail. Some burrs along the way. We all had muddy butts the last time from butt sliding down steep inclines.

WATERPROOF HIKING BOOTS ARE REQUIRED FOR SAFETY. There are shallow creeks to cross.

HIKING POLES STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
FRONTLINE YOUR DOGS AND BRING BUG SPRAY FOR YOURSELF.

NOT FOR BEGINNERS
NO FIRST TIMERS.
RATED DIFFICULT.

You & your dog are gonna get dirty...enjoy the slop! Do not sign up if you're not comfortable with wading through creeks, crawling up & down rock bluffs, steep hills, and MUD . We won't be going fast, but it's a tough trail.

We'll do the Red (Canyon) trail this time.

OUR PACE: Those who hike with me know that my pace is slower than other hiking groups. This is NOT A POWER HIKE. Pace will be moderate/relaxed, about 2 mph, and just downright SLOW inside the canyon. We're here to enjoy the scenery, not set a speed record. Bring your camera.

If you're in a hurry, you won't like this hike and probably won't like our group. There are other faster hiking groups on meetup, if that's what you like.

• DIFFICULT 4.5 Miles, allow 3+ hours.

• BRING WATER FOR YOUR DOG and yourself.

• Heated bathrooms at parking lot! YIPPEE!

DRIVING DIRECTIONS...

YOUR GPS SHOULD WORK HERE, good cell reception ONCE YOU GET CLOSE. Some spots along the way with bad reception.

About 25 minutes from Eureka/Hwy 44. About 15-20 minutes beyond Hilda Young. We can gather in Eureka to caravan/carpool, if anyone wants to follow the leaders. Not too hard to find, if you TRUST the directions below.

Hwy 109 south of Eureka to "T". Turn right on F, follow it about 4-5 miles to "T" at Hwy FF/Lynch Road. Turn left on FF/Lynch, follow it about 4 miles to "T" at Byrnesville Road. Turn right on Byrnesville, go approximately 3 miles to huge new entrance on right. Meet at upper parking lot, near old house.

https://mostateparks.com/park/don-robinson-state-park

WE HIT THE TRAIL PROMPTLY AT 10:00, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.

FULL MOON NIGHT PADDLE at Simpson Lake

Simpson Lake County Park

ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PADDLING EVENTS!

HOSTED BY STL COUNTY. PARK STAYS OPEN AFTER DARK.

You can bring your own kayak or rent a canoe from them.

Good for beginners, dogs and "greenies". There are only a few of these each year, and some get rained out. Please wear your PFD (and zip it up), water is getting cold.

CANOE RENTAL: I think $25 to rent a canoe. This includes hot dogs and marshmallows afterwards. If you rent a canoe, they have 2 time slots: 7-8:30 and 8:30 to 10:00. (Check times, the start up time is earlier this time, due to shorter days).

A fee of $5 to partake of hotdogs/marshmallows if you have your own kayak.

It doesn't exactly coordinate with our BYOBoat people. We will launch around 6:00 and stay out until 8:30-ish with our own boats.

A fun evening of just doing mostly nothing, sitting out on the lake waiting for the full moon to come up. You can pretty much do whatever you want. We will go around the lake probably. Maybe up the creek, but greenies have to be careful there.

Meet at the beach, not boat launch ramp.
Bring headlamp or lantern....it will be dark when we finish, and there are no lights at this park.

Bring bug spray. Bugs aren't bad on the lake, but they are when you're packing up to go home.

CALL[masked] TO REGISTER/RESERVE.
Your rsvp here does not get you a canoe.

I hope that all of you will pay the $5, even if you have your own kayak, so they will keep doing these. Last year, they let us pay on site, but then they can't plan for food....so please don't eat the hotdogs if you don't register in advance. Thanks

If you bring your own kayak/sup, they ask that you donate $5. You can do it when you get there. But please don't eat the food unless you've registered in advance, so they don't run out.

THURSDAY DOG HIKE on AL FOSTER TRAIL

Meramec Greenway Trailhead: Al Foster Trail

A very scenic, easy and level gravel trail that follows the Meramec River on one side and towering bluffs on the other. Good for beginners.

We will start at the AF trailhead on the Meramec River and usually walk to Sherman Beach (2.5 miles) and back, for a total of 5 miles. Not a hill to be had, it's completely level. We might detour onto Zombie Road sometimes, but mileage and terrain will be the same.

PLEASE, bring water for your dog! We will stop at Sherman Beach for a little doggie swim in the river to cool the pups, but they all need water on these hikes.

Bathrooms at parking lot.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Use meetup mapping to get to the park. Basically, Hwy 109 to Old STate Road (there is a stoplight). After you turn onto Old STate, you will immediately turn right onto Washington (becomes Grand) and follow it.

ONCE INSIDE THE PARK, follow the road and park at the last parking lot before the mini RR tracks. There are bathrooms here.

CAVE HIKE AT ILLINOIS CAVERNS

Illinois Caverns

Three miles inside a cave. Walking through water, climbing steep stairs/ladders, slippery surfaces and some tight spots. Bring your sense of humor and be ready for a new adventure. Not recommended if you're claustrophobic or a clean freak.

OBVIOUSLY, NO DOGS ON THIS ONE.

Good info here, with mapping. Close to Salt Lick Trail, if you've been there. Allow 30 minutes from Missouri, over JB Bridge.

https://www.stateparks.com/illinois_caverns_state_natural_area_in_illinois.html

Please, new people....don't just sign up if you aren't reasonably sure you can go. Of course, you can cancel later. But be kinda committed if you rsvp "yes". I need to set this up with authorities, and they need a ballpark headcount. Check your schedule first.

You will get wet and muddy! Bring knee high rain boots (not hiking boots), and 3 battery operated lights (ex. headlamp and flashlights). will need a bike or construction helmet to protect your head....borrow one from a friend if you don't have one.

About 3 miles. I've done one of these before, we were a mess afterwards.

Suggested attire....wear some kind of hiking/waterproof pants, or old jeans, over leggings. You can strip off the top layer after the hike and have clean leggings on. Something similar on top, slop shirt/sweatshirt over something decent. Temps probably about 55 to 60 degrees, as usual in caves.

We will stop somewhere for lunch afterwards. Maybe Overlook Grill, near Salt Lick trails.

https://www.illinoisouth.org/Trip-Ideas/Illinois-Caverns-Know-Before-You-Go?fbclid=IwAR10FzrfKoE_C-Or4jeY8T4OX-2DGCZ0uGG-enuBI1xINGWZT1TGxIW4Ja4

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

I've never been to this one, so we will all be using GPS. Link above has good map. Once you get there, meet at Interpretive Center. Read the writeup in the link for more info. Arrive by 9:30 or no later than 9:45.

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QUEENY DOG WALK. Our best hike for first timers. EASY

Queeny Park

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