This is Ripley’s, my energetic, playful yellow lab, favorite places to go for a walk. If you bring your dog: Here’s what Ripley recommends… As you leave the parking lot, take the glebe trail to the right and follow that down and around to the stream. There are a couple of spots perfect for the dog to go for a swim! I like to do this because by the time we end the walk she is dry for the drive home. Continue along the path to the bridge across the stream. No leash is required, but I would bring one along because the land is shared by the BRLA and you may run into a horse or two.
Regardless if you head straight down through the glebe or out and around, when you arrive to the bridge, you will have to follow the BRLA trail to the sanctuary. (There are signs.) Once in the sanctuary, the blue trail, also called lower loop trail, will lead you to the cache. There is no need to bushwack until the last 30 feet.
The hike in total is about 1.5 miles. I’ve set the terrain rating at 3.5 stars because of the ups and downs and usual roots, rocks, and sticks associated with a “trail less traveled”.
If you do bring along your dog, Ripley would like to know what he or she thought. When you log your visit, let Ripley know if your dog approved of her recommendation.
P.S. Ripley wants to let your dog know about the great smelling stone wall on the right when you enter the sanctuary!