We are highlighting the great pet friendly trails around the valley. It’s always nice to go exploring with our furry pals but it’s important to respect the rules and regulations of the trails. There is also etiquette that comes with sharing these trails. Remember our trail behavior affects our access.
We are kicking things off with Game Creek.
How to get there: Head south of town, at the top of the hill BEFORE South Park Bridge, there is a left hand turn that will take you to the well marked trailhead. The road is Game Creek and the trailhead begins roughly ½ mile in. There are plenty of parking spaces, even on a weekend day. This trail is shared between mountain bikers, horses, cross country and skate skiers, and dog owners looking for a nice walk.
In the winter, there are USFS regulations that require all dogs to be leashed for the first mile. In the summer, you can get away with voice command. Leashes are required in the winter because a lot of wildlife winters in this canyon. For their safety and survival, please follow the regulation. There is a cattleguard about a mile in that signifies that it is ok to take your dog off leash. Still, be cautious and alert.
Also be sure to grab some ‘doggy’ bags at the beginning of the trail, courtesy of PAWS. Help keep the trail clean for the cross country skiers and snow bike riders. Plus, dog droppings has a lot of e.coli that pollute the creek that runs along the trailside. Unlike other animals, dog droppings do not decompose fast, so remember to pick it up and pack it out.
This trail is a nice uphill walk one way, and a mellow downhill. The canyon is relatively wide and thus will keep sun on it for a good chunk of the day. Do dress warm though because when the sun goes behind the mountain it gets chilly as does the occasional breeze!
Definitely a dog walk to try!