Tracer and I hiked Mt. Major’s Orange trail (aka The Boulder Loop Trail) Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed the challenge of this short hike and an AMAZING view at the summit!
Getting there :: I used Waze app on my iPhone and typed in Mt. Major and it gave me the trail head as an option. The drive took a little over an hour and was easy peasy. Plenty of parking and there were 4 port-a-potties in the lot. Keep in mind, we did this hike on a Tuesday morning in the summer so there were fewer people there than will likely be on a weekend during the Summer months.
We encountered some rock climbing, nothing requiring ropes and harnesses, but not for those who aren’t physically fit (including your dogs). This is a great hike for working dogs, my Malinois served as my sherpa with a light and capable pack from Good2Go which we picked up on our way to the hike at a local Petco. I purchased the large Good2Go in Yellow/Green ($29)- Tracer is approximately 75 pounds. I was able to pack one standard size water bottle in each pouch (one on each side), a collapsable dog water/food bowl, a payday bar, trail mix, band-aids, Neosporin, car key, USB/iPhone charging cord, a power pack for my iPhone, id cards, dog treats, and my cell phone. There was a little room for more but I wanted to also keep the pack light for Tracer. I made sure that each side was balanced so it didn’t tilt and sit awkwardly from lack of balance and equally distribute the weight in the pack. Adjustments for size were easy to make and Trace wore it with no problems for his first time with a pack. I should state that prior to this hike, he was used to wearing a working dog harness so that made it an easy transition to a hiking pack for him.
The hike was intense in certain portions and climbing for Trace was easy for him but again, he’s used to climbing rocks and other obstacles. Fit dogs with agile builds and capabilities are best suited for this hiking route up Mt Major.
Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where scarcity and shame dominate and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability becomes subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of feeling hurt. But as I look back on my own life and what Daring Greatly has meant to me, I can honestly say that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as believing that I am standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen. -Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
We reached a wide flat area that had lots of wild blueberries and trees which I thought was the summit.
Video from just before the summit (we thought we had reached the top but had a lil’ further to go yet!) Finally we reached the summit!
Enjoy our review and reach out to the companies who have products that made this hike much more enjoyable!
Good2Go Dog Backpack
Ranger Up (T shirts that say it all!)
E-Collar Technologies (for control off leash and training)
Then I saw the orange trail band markers (paint strips) and we continued to follow those to what was clearly THE SUMMIT. Wide open rock and views upon views upon views! Here is a video of that actual summit – too windy to hear what I’m saying – but you can see how gorgeous the scenery is and the perma-grin on my face is proof positive that we had reached the top ;). The windy warm air offered us a refreshing recharge but makes it hard to hear my summit “commentary”…