Dog walking is the singular most frequent use of Mt. Philo, with at least 100 dogs on the mountain every day. The short hike to the top is rewarded with spectacular views, while the dogs get plenty of exercise and socialization. Dogs must be on leash only when the park is open, which is from 10 AM till sunset from May through Columbus day. There is a regular morning walking crew as well one at noon.
Even the rangers are in on the act. Kim and John Frigault work with Long Trail Canine Rescue, and coordinate a local dog fostering and adoption team