May 16, 2015
YOU CAN'T RIDE CURT GOWDY WITH A DOG. PERIOD. The trails are great. The locals and park are to be commended. Good camping. Beautiful scenery. But they almost hide the fact that DOGS MUST BE LEASHED ON ALL TRAILS AT ALL TIMES. And it is enforced. You can't ride these trails with a dog tied to a leash. You will injure yourself, the dog, or both. And it isn't fun for either.
I did my research before coming. Nothing in park regs mentioned dogs on leash on trails. Picked up map at visitor's center when checked in for a camping site. Never told dogs must be on-leash. Later scouting nearby trails with our dogs walking with us - it was too wet to ride - a ranger in a pickup called us over and told us that dogs must be on leash. "It's ok to have the dogs off-leash on the trails, though?" I asked. No, the dogs must be on-leash all the time in the park. I said you can't ride that way. The ranger gave us a that's-not-my-problem shrug, waited until we put the dogs on-leash, and then kept reappearing when the Shoreline trail came near the road. He seemed to be following us.
I picked through the brochure on mountain biking trails, and I didn't find the requirement until my 2nd time through it. In the section called "Etiquette", it stated, Dogs must be on leash at all time. That apparently meant on trails also. I asked some locals at the trailhead if the leash requirement was enforced, and each said yes.
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