While skiing is the sport of choice for many of us during the winter, your dog probably doesn’t appreciate being left behind all day. Help them shake the cabin fever and stretch their legs on some of our favorite dog-friendly hiking trails this spring. Here are five of our favorite local spring hikes, perfect for both you and your pup!
If you (or your dog) are looking for an easy trail to get started hiking, Diana’s Baths is a great place to start. The trail is only about 1.3 miles, and will take you to a series of pools, and a waterfall! Since spring is high water time the waterfalls will be powerful, so use caution. Diana’s Baths is extremely popular in the summer, so beat the crowds with a springtime visit. The trail is accessed from West Side Road. Click here for more information!
Black Cap Trail
Black Cap is an easy-to-moderate hiking trail, best accessed starting in May. The popular trail is roughly 2.4 miles long, and leads you to stunning views of the White Mountains. While most of the trail is wooded, it opens up at the top to show you the beauty of the Mount Washington Valley. Stop and pick some blueberries if it’s the season, too! Dogs hiking Black Cap must be kept on-leash.
Madison Boulder Woods
The Madison Boulder Woods is a 240-acre preserve located right outside North Conway in Madison, NH. The woods are home to one of the largest glacial erratic boulders in the world. The boulder is 83 feet long, 23 feet high, and 37 feet in width. It weighs over 5,000 tons! Dogs are allowed here, but must be kept on leash, and as always, cleaned up after.
This trail is of moderate difficulty and is a roughly 5-mile loop. Hedgehog Mountain’s views have landed it a spot on the 52-With-A-View list! The trail can be icy at points, so microspikes for humans and booties for puppers are recommended for traction if needed. Trail access is located along the scenic Kancamagus Highway.
Middle Mountain is another moderate trail, accessible year-round. The 5-mile hike requires dogs to be on-leash. Crampons or microspikes are recommended for the early-spring months when there is still a chance of snow and icy conditions. Maps are provided at the trailhead by the Nature Conservancy of New Hampshire, who manages the Green Hills Preserve where Middle Mountain is located. Click here for more information.
Always remember to respect your fellow adventurers and clean up after your dog while hiking. Respect people’s right to enjoy the same natural environment you are, and keep your dog on-leash if the rules call for it. Also, there is nothing better than putting your feet up after a long day in the wilderness, so make sure to rent your dog-friendly vacation dream house from Pinkham Vacation Rentals, and have the best trip ever!
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