“Did the dogs ascend the pinned steps on the Wildcat Ridge Trail w/o much difficulty?”
They haven’t done that trail yet. Took a look at a pic of them though – looks like a challenge, but not impossible. Not having done the Skookumchuck Trail, we are guessing that there may be sections that you think are too tough for dogs? We’ve been amazed at how dogs find a way, sometimes with a little help. We would never have thought dogs could get up trails such as Blueberry ledge on Whiteface, but hiked it with a friend and her very large dog a few weeks ago. Worse case is we turn around if we get to a section the dogs can’t handle.