For the Love of Pets
As I write about our fabulous fall weather here in the Wood River Valley, it’s actually raining cats and dogs (pun partially intended). Well it looks like our lucky stretch of great Autumn weather is running out for now. But by the weekend, the sun should be shining again. So now is the best time to get out and hike, the leaves are a golden yellow, the snow hasn’t shown up yet and the crowds are all gone for the season.
My husband, Willie, and I took our favorite dog to hike the Adam’s Gulch Loop this past weekend. There was water (albeit a little muddy) for our girl, June, a black lab/boxer mix, and plenty of sun to give me one more summer burn. We encountered a few horses and bikers, but it was pretty quiet for this usually popular recreation area.
The foliage was gorgeous and, as always, I compared it to the famous Fall foliage of New England. There you will see lots of reds and oranges, but out Adam’s, the gold right now was just as spectacular. With happy hearts and a carefree dogs, our day was complete after some beers at Lefty’s and the BSU football game. Go Broncos!
Wanna get out with your four-legged loved one and check out the Fall foliage?
Head to these close by hikes:
Directions: Head out Trail Creek Road, park at the Hemingway Memorial and start there.
Length: 3+ miles, approx. 1.5 hours, steep sections to the top.
Tip: Go early and there’s water only at the start & finish.
Adam’s Gulch Loop
Directions: 1.5 miles north of Ketchum, take a left when you see the sign on 75.
Length: 7 miles for the loop (shorter hikes available), approx 2 hours, not very steep.
Tip: Bring a leash, it’s required for the first/last 500 yards of the trailhead.
Bald Mountain Overlook or the White Clouds Trails
Directions (Bald Mountain): Park at River Run, cross the bridge and take the trail up to the right.
Length: 3.4 miles, narrow trail through the trees & a few steep in sections,.
Directions (White Clouds): North on 75, right onto Saddle Road, parking is on the left before the light at Sun Valley Road.
Length: Approx. 5 miles if you do the big loop, trail sign w/ optional trails, flat walking with just a couple fairly steep sections.
Tip: Bring a leash for the Sun Valley White Clouds trail. Bring water for both.
Directions: Head north on 75, you will see the trail head sign on your right, turn left on the dirt road just ¼ miles past it.
Length: 5 miles, approx. 2 hours, a few steep sections, equal parts shade & sun.
Tip: There’s water throughout the hike, watch out for mountain bikers.
The Furry 6K Trail Run & Walk event is Saturday, October 16th at 9am at Quigley Field, across from the high school parking lot in Hailey. $20 registration fee, dogs required. Pre-register at www.active.com or at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, a mile-and-a-half west of Hailey on Bullion Street. Dogs must be on a leash! If you need to borrow a dog, you can reserve one from the shelter. Gift bags for participants, prizes, post event dog & people treats.
For more great hiking suggestions, please check out: www.sunvalley.com