A perfect dog hike with a softly cushioned, well-maintained trail, sturdy log bridges, lots of shade in a beautiful forested river valley, ample water, and a cool lake to swim in at the end of the 7 mile hike. The grade is gentle, with total elev. gain of only 1600 feet, and the trail is not heavily used. This Wednesday, including ourselves, we counted 11 people, 9 dogs, and 2 horses out enjoying the trail. No need to carry extra water for your dog on this hike. Think about taking this trail with your pooch the next time there's a hot summer day.