What we're about

Trail hikers and walkers with friendly, leash-trained dogs, let's meet up on beautiful forested trails. I'm interested in meeting dog-loving outdoor enthusiasts and soaking up the benefits of unpaved greenways in metropolitan Detroit. Maybe we can motivate each other as we hike. It would be great to converse with fellow explorers about organic, green living, sustainable practices, creative pursuits, solution-oriented community involvement, whatever's on your mind. Hiking is a great way to get to know other active people who love nature. Bring your active mind and your pup along.

Every time I'm on forested trails, I experience what the Japanese call "forest bathing," or Shinrin-yoku. It means "taking in the forest atmosphere," but has a lot to do with the chemical effects of being among the trees. Getting out of the concrete jungle and into the quiet rejuvenates and restores mind and body. I'm on the trail for exercise, but I'm apt to stop and take in the surroundings now and then. I don't know about you, but walking with dogs is how I survive this crazy technology-overdosed life.

A couple of requests:

If your pup pulls, please bring a harness so they aren't choking themselves. Keep your pup close and controlled on your left to avoid them winding in front of other hikers. Keep them on leash and watch for other walkers/bikers.

IF you sign up, please show up OR send a message indicating you are not coming. We wait for you to show up. Treat other hikers and hosts as we would respected friends in any other meeting situation to keep the group a happy one.

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EARLY BIRD Proud Lake Hike with Covid Precautions

3500 Wixom Rd

Hello Hikers and Traildogs! Join us for a quiet hike along the Huron River at Proud Lake. This is an early morning hike, so arrive at 8:00 for introductions. Social distancing and mask wearing, etc. is the new order and it's important we all stay safe if we are to hike together. For safety reasons, we're a small group, max 8. We will hike for about 90 minutes, 3-4 miles, maintaining a 6-feet distance between us. Well-behaved pups you've trained to "heel" are welcome! If you are experiencing any covid-like symptoms or if you've been around anyone with symptoms or a diagnosis, stay home. If you're feeling well, bring a mask that is comfortable for you. Masks make a hike a lot hotter, so dress light. Please only commit to this if you plan to be there. We wait for each person to arrive. If you end up having to cancel your RSVP due to illness, please please mark it ON THIS SITE well before the hike begins. Since we are a small group, a no-show without communication is a big bummer and will result in being blocked. Also, if you need to change your yes RSVP, do so at least two days before so someone who wants to come can take your precious spot. : ) Your Recreation Passport will get you in the park. If you don’t have one, the Campground office (2700 Glengarry, 3 miles down the road from our meeting place) $16 cash or CC. Rangers rarely bust anyone. HOW TO GET TO PROUD LAKE: From I-96, exit at Wixom Road (#159). Drive north on Wixom Road and follow the signs to the Proud Lake Recreation area. Wixom Road appears to end at a "T" intersection / stop light about 4.5 miles north of I-96; turn left here to continue on Wixom Road (approx 2 more miles around the bend). Turn right when you get to the park entrance, just before the big sign. Go past the park headquarters house, and you will come to the main parking lot, on the left. Look for pups! As always, water, poop bags, harnesses please, bug spray, and your openness to meet and converse with other great people. We are a small, welcoming group. Ruby and I look forward to our hike!

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Proud Lake Hike with Covid Precautions

3500 Wixom Rd

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