What we're about

For 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. 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+)

DOG HIKE on AL FOSTER TRAIL**Rescheduled for Friday this week due to weather**

Meramec Greenway Trailhead: Al Foster Trail

Doing this on Friday because Thursday is a rainout.

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.

We hit the trail promptly at 10:00, with or without you. If you're late, catch up. Walk towards the river and turn left towards Sherman Beach.

Bring water for your dog and yourself.

FOOTWEAR: Any good walking shoe is okay in dry weather. A few puddles in gravel if it's been raining. In snow/ice, wear boots with good treads and maybe Yaktrax.

We will stop at Sherman Beach for a little doggie swim in the river to cool the pups, and let them play off leash. Be prepared for this. You must be able to control your dog, and your dog cannot be aggressive in any way....or keep the leash on. If you prefer to keep your dog leashed, you might want to bring a longer leash so they can wade out into river.

Porta potty 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. It's the 3rd parking lot.

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

Queeny Park

If you're new to the group, this one's for you. Queeny is our "party hike", one that almost all people & dogs can enjoy. Easy to meet & greet on wide open trails. Usually our most well-attended hike.

Good in almost any weather. This is where we go when it's too nasty to go anywhere else. Trails are mostly gravel and some paved with no mud. Pretty much level. Two small hills.

NEW PEOPLE....PLEASE READ WRITTEN DRIVING DIRECTIONS. We lose people here all the time because they go to wrong parking lot. There are 2 entrances and 8 parking lots. Come to the right place, or you'll be hiking alone. We leave promptly at 10:00, with or without you.

PACE OF HIKES: Our pace is about 2 mph, which is reasonably moderate. If that's not what you want...don't sign up. If you're a fast walker, plan on slowing down and enjoying the company. Don't be in a hurry, slow down and talk to people.

NO GUEST DOGS, our hikes are for member dogs only. Human guests okay, but you're encouraged to come alone and socialize. It's a good park for conversation and meeting your fellow pack members.

About 4 miles, allow 2.5 hours.
RSVPs open 3 weeks before event.

• ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES, they're very strict here
• NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES...dangerous in a group
• Comfortable walking shoes okay here
• Bathrooms after about 1 hour of hiking
• BRING WATER FOR YOUR DOG! THIS IS IMPORTANT!

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

We lose newbies here all the time, because they go to the wrong parking lot. Please read driving directions below, come to the right parking lot! Arrive a little early and be ready to go at 10:00. Our hike starts at 10:00, with or without you.

USE MAPPING FEATURE TO GET TO PARK, WEIDMAN ROAD ENTRANCE.

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MEET AT THE UPPER PARKING LOT.

When you turn into the park, (Weidman Road entrance) go up the big hill and take the FIRST ROAD ON THE LEFT AT THE **TOP OF THE HILL ** to the parking lot. If you go back down the hill and see the Rec Plex building, you're in the wrong place.

We gather near entrance to parking lot, on the left, in the grassy area. Hard to miss us with all the dogs.

Allow 15 minutes from 270/Manchester.

If you want to view/print a park map, click on link below

https://stlouiscountymo.gov/sites/default/assets/pdfs/department/Parks/Queeny/QueenyTrail_small.pdf

Indian Glade and Graham Cave Loop Dog Hike: Moderate 2.5 Miles

Graham Cave State Park

From Alltrails:
Head out on this 2.5-mile loop trail near Montgomery City, Missouri. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 58 min to complete. This is a popular trail for birding, camping, and hiking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Graham Cave Trails natural surface section leads to Graham Cave, passing by an interpretive shelter with wayside exhibits and an overlook at a wet-weather waterfall. The Indian Glade trail at Graham Cave State Park is a .9 mile point to point trail located near Montgomery City, Missouri. The trail is used for hiking. It connects the camping area to the entrance of Graham Cave traveling through semi-rugged Oak woodlands on the way to the cave. Indian Glade Trail leads to the entrance of Graham Cave. It connects the camping area and lower (south) parking lot and intersects with Woodland Way and Graham Cave trails and is near connections to Loutre River Trail. As hikers follow the natural surface trail to Graham Cave, they will be hiking along the edge of the Graham Cave Glades Natural Area. As part of the Missouri Natural Area System, this area still possesses much of the same character experienced by American Indians when they inhabited the region. Ascending from the valley, there will be views of sandstone ledges, often covered with lichens, mosses and ferns. Above the ledges are open, rocky glades. Plants such as prickly pear cactus, rushfoil, pinweed, rose verbena, fame flower, Missouri brown-eyed Susan, hairy lip fern and adders tongue fern are well adapted to life in the extremely hot and dry glade environment.

Length: 2.5 mi
Elevation gain: 242 ft
Route type: Loop

Alltrails has this marked as an easy trail, but the reviews have mixed feelings about that, so I marked it as moderate. This will be my first time here.

This will not be a power hike. We stop frequently for pictures and general shenanigans. We will hike at a pace the group is comfortable with, with no pup left behind.

Requirements:
Great Attitude and Sense of Humor
Hiking Boots are strongly recommended, poles if you use them
Dog Necessities and Plenty of Water
Snacks, if desired

There are restrooms here. I am unsure of cell reception, so please plan to be a few minutes early so we can start on time.

Please do not be a no-show. My pups will have to listen to me complain about it the whole way home. Don't make those sweet pups have to deal with that.

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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.

We hit the trail promptly at 10:00, with or without you. If you're late, catch up. Walk towards the river and turn left towards Sherman Beach.

Bring water for your dog and yourself.

FOOTWEAR: Any good walking shoe is okay in dry weather. A few puddles in gravel if it's been raining. In snow/ice, wear boots with good treads and maybe Yaktrax.

We will stop at Sherman Beach for a little doggie swim in the river to cool the pups, and let them play off leash. Be prepared for this. You must be able to control your dog, and your dog cannot be aggressive in any way....or keep the leash on. If you prefer to keep your dog leashed, you might want to bring a longer leash so they can wade out into river.

Porta potty 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. It's the 3rd parking lot.

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