The dogs did really great. I didn't have them on a leash, but they stayed really close to the group and loved playing in the water. It really tired them out, and Brimley passed out the second we got back to the car. It was our first time hiking together and it will not be the last. They love the outdoors just as much as I do. We will give the trail another try. We ran into some other hikers on the way down who had caught 30 trout at the lake! So next time we will be sure to take fishing poles.