The perfect day for you and your dog
WHAT WE LOVE
- Quality time with your pooch
- Visit a mountain lake
- A chance for your dog to socialize with other pups
- Perfect trail for first time human and canine hikers
Bring the pup along for a jaunt to Pine Meadow Lake. There will be plenty to sniff along the trail as we hike up craggy rises and past marshes before our lunch break at beautiful lake, where we will enjoy a leisurely lunch and let the dogs frolic by the water. This is perfect for large and medium-sized, socialized dogs or small energetic dogs capable of hiking. If you do not have a dog, but wish you did, come anyways! It will be a barking good time.
Perfect for: First time hikers (both human and canine), well-behaved pups of all ages
Please indicate preferred pick up in your registration. Departure from Paragon pick up is at 8:00 AM (arrive by 7:45 AM). Departure from Upper West Side pick up is at 8:30 AM (arrive by 8:15 AM).
- Your lunch
- Ample snacks
- At least three liters of water
- A backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
- Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners.
- Water and bowl for your pooch
- Plenty of clean up bags
- Long leash and harness
- Extra treats
- Towel for your pup in case of mud or dirt
- Fine comb and tweezers to check for ticks
- Comfortable athletic clothing
- Hiking boots
- Expert guides
- Park permits
How far is the drive?
The drive is one hour from Manhattan.
Are the dogs all together in the van?
Yes, all the humans and dogs get to road trip together! It's great fun.
What happens if a dog gets aggressive with my dog?
Anyone with an aggressive dog should not sign up for this trip. That said, dogs will be dogs, and a growl or snap here or there is nothing to worry about. It's normal dog behavior that says, "You're too close to my food dish, give me some room on the seat, etc." No unneutered males allowed.
My dog can be protective of me and crabby to other dogs in the city. Should I be worried about coming along?
If your dog is otherwise good-tempered, what you're probably seeing in the city is leash aggression. We live in an unnatural environment (the city) and on leash, dogs can get territorial, because they feel a little trapped by being on leash. In the woods, they are free to run around and sniff in an unrestrained environment. Unlike the dog run, it's not a confined space where there are toys to fight over.
Will the dogs be off leash?
We allow the dogs to run off leash as long as they're under voice control. Remember that not every hiker wants to be approached by your dog, so as soon as soon as you see another hiker approaching, you should call your dog close unless the other hiker indicates that it's ok. If you're more comfortable with your dog on the leash, you should keep her on. But you may be surprised at how naturally your dog forms a pack with the others, and enjoys running with the pack. They will run ahead of us on the trail, but they circle back, because we are their pack, too!
What happens if my dog gets tired? We never walk this far in the city.
The people are the ones we worry about—never the dogs! You will be amazed at the energy your dog has on a hike with us. Self-proclaimed owners of "lazy" dogs cannot believe how much vigor and joy their dog suddenly has! There are a million more things to stimulate your dog in the woods versus the city. And remember: this is the environment all dogs evolved from, so it feels perfectly at home for them. We will take plenty of rest stops so the dogs can play in the stream, and a good long rest at the lake for lunch.
What about ticks?
Ticks are everywhere, Central Park included. Even as a city-dweller, you should be putting Frontline, etc. on your dog monthly. That said, yes, there are ticks in the woods. In this part of the country, ticks are year-round. We stop for a thorough tick check at the end of the hike—for humans and dogs alike. It takes several hours for a tick to burrow into skin, so if you discover one after the hike, you can usually just easily pull it right off.
EASY ACTIVE — PERFECT FOR ACTIVE FIRST-TIMERS
Level 3 trips will give you a broad sense of what hiking is all about. Test yourself on intermediate terrain, including light rock scrambles and ascending multiple peaks. The trips will invigorate you and inspire you to continue strengthening your hiking skills.
Three to five hours is standard. Prepare for the trip by jogging three miles or exercising two or three days a week.
Plan on getting starter miles under your belt. You’ll be hiking three to six miles on this trip, the average distance run in an hour-long basketball game.
You’ll be hiking on rolling terrain with bare rock surfaces, steeps, roots and small boulders.
There could be up to 1,000 feet per day.
Up to 4,500 feet.
Drive to Meet Option
Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the parking lot for Reeves Meadow Information Center at 9:00 AM. See map below. Please note you may not have cell service at the trail head so be sure to load directions in advance.