Top trails for your top dog

Cooling off on Ampersand Mountain. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.
Cooling off on Ampersand Mountain. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.

If you read the Adirondack Explorer, you’re familiar with the work of Susan Bibeau. She designs our publication, and that’s lucky for us.

In recent months, Sue has been designing another publication: Dog Hikes in the Adirondacks: 20 Trails to Enjoy with Your Best Friend, a compilation of canine hikes by a variety of regional writers.

We just received a copy, and it looks great. The book includes more than twenty black-and-white photos of dogs lolling on mountaintops, splashing in ponds, and doing other doggy things. Most were taken by Nancie Battaglia. One of my favorites is of a dog soaking in a puddle on top of Ampersand Mountain.

Nancie did not get paid. Nor did Sue. Everyone worked for free on this project. For each book sold, $5 will be donated to animal shelters and humane organizations in the Adirondack Park.Layout 1

The names of at least three of the writers should be familiar to readers of the Explorer: Neal Burdick, Mary Thill, and Joanne Kennedy, all of whom have written for us. Other contributors to the book include Elizabeth Folwell and Annie Stoltie of Adirondack Life.

The destinations of the twenty hikes are typically small peaks, such as Sawyer Mountain near Indian Lake or Dewey Mountain near Saranac Lake, or a water body, such as Crane Pond or the Raquette River. In addition to the hike descriptions, the book contains tips on hiking with dogs.

Dog Hikes in the Adirondacks was the brainchild of Libby Treadwell, the publisher, who operates Shaggy Dog Press in Westport.

It’s a slim softcover book, just sixty-four pages, that sells for $12.95.  It can be purchased online at Shaggy Dog Press. You also can obtain a copy by writing to Shaggy Dog Press at P.O. Box 318, Westport, NY 12993. There are plans to distribute it to bookstores as well.

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

Reader Interactions


  1. Judith Harper says

    Incredible photo! I’ve got a Golden Adirondog who’s an intrepid bushwhacker. Enjoyed this post, as I’ve enjoyed all of your posts. If you need a reviewer for this book, let me know. Be well, J.

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