- Author: Mare Czinar and Niki D' Andrea
- Category: Travel
- Issue: Oct 2012
Knock out a hike and tip back a cold one in Arizona high country.
DOG RATING SYSTEM:
*** Best - An abundance of water, interesting stuff to explore, easy-on-the-pads terrain and other dogs to play with make these top-notch doggie destinations.
** Good - More challenging, longer and rougher, these hikes may put too much strain on older or inexperienced dogs.
* Fair - Only the most physically fit, booty-equipped dogs should attempt these “ruff” trails.
Harding Springs-Cookstove Loop
Coconino National Forest
Come October, leaf-peepers caravan along the US 89A to Oak Creek Canyon Vista Point, where magazine cover-worthy views are marred by ribbons of pavement, railings, and crowds jostling for a turn at the viewing scope. But fear not, fall color seeker: Nearby, four short, cliff-scaling trails – Thomas Point, Telephone, Harding Springs and Cookstove – are conduits to similarly savory scenery, without the spectators. Of the quartet, Harding is the least s