Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon, 2nd Edition


Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon, 2nd Edition

by Ellen Morris Bishop

Best Hikes with Dogs:  Oregon is a great reference book, detailing 76 dog-friendly trails throughout the state.  The opening lists helpful tips on trail etiquette, wildlife hazards and canine first aid.  Featured hikes range from leisurely day walks to multi-day adventures, with detailed descriptions that include difficulty, length, elevation, water and shade availability along the trail, and even whether it's usually crowded.  Also noted are leash regulations and whether parking permits are required.  My dog and I have hiked three featured trails so far and found the guide very helpful.

I would recommend getting a more detailed map and directions for each hike, but the book is fantastic because it contains so many places to take your dogs.  It is also useful because much of the information contained is difficult to find online.  For example, where it is likely to find poison oak along the trail, and the best season for each hike.

If your New Year’s resolution was to be more active, Best Hikes might be just the thing — all the better for including the dog!