Best Hikes With Dogs New Hampshire & Vermont
By Lisa Densmore
2005 – The Mountaineers Books
paperback 253 pages
Any dog loving hiker who lives in or plans to visit New Hampshire or Vermont would do well to consult this book by an Emmy award winning television producer and writer, Lisa Densmore. The author gives first hand accounts of each of the 52 trails that she writes about in this very informative guide to some of the best trails in New England.
I couldn’t think of any information that the author left out. There is an easy to use table at the beginning of the book. The Hike Summary Table covers the following subjects,
1. Hike 5 miles or less,
2. Open summit,
3. Mountain views,
4. Fire tower or viewing platform,
5. Ledges or cliffs,
6. Long ridge walk,
7. River, lake, or pond,
9. Dog friendly shelter or campsite,
10. Good for senior dogs,
11. For fit dogs only.
The table includes all 52 trails/hikes that are covered in more detail later in the book. Along with information and tips specific to each trail, Ms. Densmore has also included lots of photos and maps. While hiking each trail she met fellow hikers with dogs and has included some of their photos as well.
Along with the description of each hike by the author who hiked each trail with her loyal companion, Bravo, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, there are sections with information on the subject of hiking with your dog including subheadings of Getting Ready, Should Your Dog Go Hiking?, Fit For the Trail, Dog-mas, Leave No Trace, Hiker Responsibility Code, Ten Canons of Trail Etiquette, and Good Dog Sense.
The next section covers the essentials including, Gear, Canine First Aid, Wildlife Encounters, and Weather. At the end of the book, as well as an index, you’ll find a list of resources and contacts. Even if you never plan on going on a hike on any of the trails mentioned in this book, it is an interesting and fun book to read. The descriptions of the trails and the pleasures of hiking with a canine companion are a good read.
This was an easy to use guide that I found very helpful and I’m sure that if you plan on taking your dog along on your next hike, you’ll want to consult this very well thought out guide first. Definitely a four star book.