Take a Hike: Oak Canyon Trail at Mission Trails
After photographing 19 dogs and their families over the course of two days, I knew I was going to be mentally and physically exhausted. I also knew that there’s no better cure for it than to get outside, take a hike, and breathe in the fresh air. I put out a call for adventure dogs who wanted to take me on their favorite hikes and these two incredible Belgian Mailnois pups, Trigger and Ammo, answered the call. Well, their mom did.
Trigger, Ammo, and their parents love hiking all around Mission Trails in Santee. They really love the N. Fortuna Trail for its incredible views but it’s a big one so we decided for the sake of time to try the shorter Oak Canyon Trail (two miles round-trip). It was a nice and easy trail, although it did have a lot of rocks to maneuver around. When we get some good rain, there is a creek and a waterfall!
Was mom’s shirt perfect or what?
These two working-breed brothers are right around a year old and absolutely full of energy and personality. They’ve already had a ton of training and are extremely well-behaved.
Oh, and they really like to climb trees! Yes, you heard that right: they climb trees. Their dad climbs them and they bounce right up after him. It’s pretty incredible!
Don’t forget to bring plenty of water with you. Even in cooler temperatures, this trail has a lot of sun; you and your pups will want to stay hydrated! These two love to drink out of dad’s Camelback.
I’m fairly certain Trigger and Ammo think they’re just part of one giant rock cairn.
The color along our walk was spectacular! Around every bend there was something new to see and new colors to enjoy.
When we got far enough down the trail that there was no one else around, the dogs were allowed to run. And run, they did! Holy macaroni, you guys, these two are fast. You can understand why this breed is often chosen for law enforcement work. They waited patiently until dad gave the command to go and as soon as he called them, they spun on a dime and raced back. Yeah, Roxy doesn’t do that.
Also, can I just comment on the light right here? Because I’m telling you, this is the light of my dreams!
The sun was setting and we made it as far as this little bridge before we decided to turn around and head back. Dad sat down and the two pups came over to shower him with adoration.
Trigger and Ammo are always alert. They are always watching their mom, dad, each other, and their surroundings.
And they are happy, happy, happy dogs. Look at that face!
The Oak Canyon Trail was quite beautiful and I’d love to go back again.
Thank you, Trigger and Ammo, for taking me to Mission Trails and introducing me to a new hike! I had a blast!