A few weeks ago we discussed bad trailhead parking and I promised that I would step off my soap box…but as spring has sprung I’ve noticed something. Poop.
Now we’ve written about poop on the trails before, that post went wild and it turns out that a surprising amount of people get emotional about shit.
But in the past 2 weeks I’ve seen ridiculous amount of bags of dog poop on the side of the trail.
Recently I was hiking with our kiddos at Happy Jack. Nothing serious, a mile at a 2 year old’s pace.
Not far from the trailhead we ran into this.
About a half mile down the trail, just as we were at our turn around point we ran into another bag of dog poop on the side of the trail. Just hanging out, waiting for someone to pack it out.
So I asked my 2 year old what we should do about. He said “put it on the garbage”–so we packed it out, picked up the second bag of poop and a handful of other trash we found littered on the trail and properly disposed of them.
Now, it’s appears that it’s just not me who is fed up with dog owners leaving their bags of poop on the trails. Close to home the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers think it’s inconsiderate. Hikers in Portland are annoyed with it.
But as I hike around Laramie I can’t help but notice these icky bags of poop are magically popping up on the side of trails more frequently than in the past.
I’d rather see a wet steamy pile of dog poop on the side of the trail than a plastic bag of Rover’s fecal matter.
Last summer I saw this.
Here’s the deal. We can all agree that this sucks. I promise to pack out my children’s dirty diapers if the dog owners out there promise to pack out their bags of dog poop. It’s just the right thing to do.
Oh wait, I already pack out dirty diapers.
This shitty saga continues. Do people just “forget” to pick up their bags of poop? If so why go to all the bother to even bag it? I’m so confused!
Exhibit A. Less than 100 meters from the Tie City Trailhead on 3/20/15
Do bags of dog poop on the trail annoy you too? Leave us a comment and tell us if you’ve ever picked up another person’s bag of dog’s fecal matter.