We aren’t letting the quarantine stop our adventures. In fact, my mom is hiking me every day now that she’s home more. No easy walks or rest days for this Shiba! Thanks to Sue McDaniel, we learned of a trail we haven’t taken yet, so we headed north on I-17 to the New River exit 233. Head west (left) and continue approximately three miles. The Trailhead is on the north (right) side of the road. You’ll see signs or you can just plug Emery Henderson trailhead into your GPS.
Although it isn’t far from the interstate, you feel like you are in the middle of no where right off the bat. There’s a good-size parking lot with human restrooms, and it’s free. Doggies are welcome on leash. Just remember to space yourself out should you encounter other humans. Be smart and safe!
This trail isn’t heavily trafficked and provides scenery for hikers, bikers, and trail riders. It’s an out and back, so you can go as far as you want. The trail is relatively flat, but it has rocky sections – like the beginning. Be sure you have sturdy shoes, and some humans might want to use their hiking poles.
We decided we would go about 1 ½ miles out for a three-mile loop. The wildflowers were beautiful on this sunny spring day. With our hot season approaching, you will want to do trails like this one earlier in the day before it heats up. We saw New River down below, but it was dry. Don’t count on any natural water for your pups. Bring plenty for everyone.
This trail is actually part of the Black Canyon trail system and connects eventually. It is actually near Lake Pleasant, too, so you might be fortunate enough to see wild burros. We didn’t encounter any, but Sue McDaniel did a few days ago. Perhaps she will be kind enough to post a picture below my blog.
Since it is snake season, keep an eye out for them. When trails are wilder and less traveled, the chances increase of running into a rattlesnake. Thankfully, we didn’t. I don’t like those things one bit!
Everyone we saw was new to this trail, so I think we all had the same idea of exploring something new. If you haven’t tried this one out, put it on your list. We turned around at 1 ½ miles and returned back home. If it wasn’t going to be such a warm day, we would have kept going. It was the kind of trail you can just keep going further in – like up to 10 miles, I think. Anyway, it was a good discovery.
Stay active and healthy!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!