Every time I look at Bella these days, I see one filthy dog.
But every time I look at Bella these days, I see one happy dog who has been hitting some cool trails peppered with big Spokane rocks.
And Idaho, too!
Bella and I have been teaming up with a few friends, whom you’ve seen before, to make sure we have some great content for another hiking with dogs feature in the Spokesman-Review this weekend.
It’s a bonus that I needed dogs on rocks for this week’s post in the worldwide pet photographers blog circle.
I couldn’t wait to show you Spokane rocks.
Hiking with dogs around Spokane
The longer the Canada-U.S. border is closed to nonessential travel, the longer I’m kept away from a hiking trip with a friend in the Kootenays of British Columbia.
We already have our hikes planned. We just need the permission.
In the meantime, Bella and I are getting warmed up with some help from friends, lots of hikes and snack breaks on Spokane rocks.
Mount Kit Carson Trail, Mt. Spokane State Park
This is hands-down my new favorite trail. Bella and I got up early in the morning and made our way up the hill to the trailhead.
We were the only beings around for a couple miles.
We got to a trail junction and a group of mountain bikers were waiting to head down the hill.
Random dude: “Hey, did you see anyone else on the trail?”
Bunch of random dudes: “Sweet!” “Yes!” “Let’s go!”
I heard their whoops as they launched onto the trail and Bella and I turned to keep going up.
The trail is a nice, easy walk through the woods with a gentle rise over the three miles up to the top.
Just as the trail flattens and we break through to the edge, we see a few big rocks and the most incredible vista for as far as the eye can see.
I turned to Bella and said, “This. This is what it’s all about.”
We’ll go back to this trail again. Many times.
Coal Creek, Idaho
I’m not sure if this is a do-over or not. It may be too daunting.
And very un-picturesque.
It’s a single-track trail, constantly uphill, and we gave up before we reached the trail junction to head downhill. We came to a rather steep-looking hill at the 3.22 miles and our hiking partner Tamara McKenna, our friend who rescued two pitbulls in Florida and brought them home to Idaho, decided it was a good time to turnaround.
That downhill was so steep that my toes were fully punished by my hiking boots by the time we were done. Luckily, I carry a pair of Croc flops with me wherever I go.
It’s definitely a dry, dusty trail, too, but there’s a few spots for the dogs to jump into the creek along the way.
Just not a lot of rocks.
Yeah, I guess “un-picturesque” is unfair but, on the heels of my incredible view at Kit Carson, I found the trail pretty meh.
Liberty Creek Loop, Liberty Lake
OK, remember when Bella and I got stung by hornets last year? It’s was on the first bit of this trail, along the Split Creek loop.