Hiking with Dogs: Pyramid Rock Trail in Gallup, NM

Pyramid Rock Trail

Gallup, New Mexico
See it on Google Maps
See it on AllTrails


Distance:
3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Day, Time, & Season: Tuesday, Afternoon, September
Human Traffic: Moderate, but mostly because there was a school track team running when we were there.
Dog Traffic: A few
On/Off Leash?: On Leash
Parking: Free, with a large parking lot and nearby campground

The trail leads to the top of that mountain behind Torch.

Good Stuff
It wasn’t as difficult as expected, but it felt like more than 3 miles since it was a little steep. We took a 4 month old (but very active) puppy and he had no problems. For this trail, elevation starts at about 6,600 feet and peaks around 7,500 feet. There were a couple areas where the dogs had to make decent jumps to get up the rocks though, which might affect some dogs.
The trail is pretty clearly marked, so it’d be difficult to get lost. This trail also connects to Church Rock Trail, a supposedly easier trail which leads to the Red Rock Campground. Sadly, we didn’t have time to go through both. We chose Pyramid because it was rated more difficult on AllTrails.

Bad Stuff
Definitely avoid this trail if it rains. There are some rocky areas that are cool, but would be crazy dangerous if wet. On that note, you probably will want shoes with good traction. My Salomons worked well. It also got pretty windy in the afternoon, so bringing a light jacket is a good idea.
When we went, it was super busy with a track club training. Since we had six dogs between two people and runners going back and forth through the trail, this made some of the narrower areas of the trail more difficult to navigate. There were still quite a few trail walkers that weren’t part of the track club.

Torch’s Thoughts in 5 Words or Less…
Race ya to the top!

In conclusion, would we go again?
Yep.

My bestest buddy Tiki! • This is my entry for #mydogsbestfriend2017 contest hosted by @ohmydoggies @wat.ki and @houndsandfriends !

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