PSA: Bags of Dog Poop

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. C'mon people! Recently I was hiking with our kiddos at Happy Jack. Nothing serious, a mile at a 2 year old's pace. Not far from…

Why is horse poop better than dog poop?

I spend quite a bit of time on the trails and I see a lot of thought provoking things. Some of these things occur naturally while others are man made. While hiking in Colorado I often see signs reminding people to pick up their dog's poop and the odd thing is that these trails usually also allow horses but there are no similar requirements for horse poop. So after many many hours of mental effort trying to figure out why, this is what I've been able to come up with: "Nobody wants to step in dog poop." This is true…

Can hikers and cyclists coexist?

Lately the outdoor community has been buzzing about mountain bikers and hikers sharing the same trail, specifically the  Pacific Crest Trail and according to Rocky Mountain Journal, a 2-mile section of trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. We've written about sharing the trails before but for some reason the debate surrounding the Pacific Crest Trail seems downright nasty. Those who think that the Pacific Crest Trail should be closed to bicycles cite reasons like "it'll change the dynamics and experience of the PCT" and "if that happens I'll go out of my way to pull step-over logs across the trail on blind corners." They…