Hello Redlands Pups!
Tired of the same old sidewalks? I have two more Redlands parks to tell you about: Caroline and Oakmont. These parks have natural surroundings: dirt trails, shrubs, oak trees, and wildlife (!).
Warning: you may encounter rattlesnakes at either of these parks. I’ve never seen one, but they’re there. Some organizations offer rattlesnake aversion training so you’ll learn to avoid these venomous slithery creatures. I haven’t taken the training yet, but probably should. If you’ve attended a class, tell us about it.
Let’s start with Caroline Park, located between Sunset Drive, Mariposa Drive and Poppy Road (the best parking is off of Sunset).
This park is what I call a “bunny-rich environment,” especially the Turf Meadow on the east side. You’ll also see squirrels, especially near the oaks (acorns = squirrels). If you get thirsty, there is a water faucet under an oak tree with a couple of dog bowls around it.
Your owner may be interested in the native and drought tolerant plants found throughout the park, and the views of the valley. The trails are named and labeled so your owner can’t get lost. Pictures here
Nearby Oakmont Park is one of the newer parks in Redlands, on South Lane (x Alta Vista). From the parking lot you enter a heavily treed picnic area with walking paths and a wooden bridge.
From there, you’ll find trails headed in a few directions. This park features a different type of wildlife—I saw my first cow and horse there. I barked at them with no reaction. I’m not sure what value these animals serve if I can’t chase them.
However, if you like wearing a little scent, you’ll find plenty of options in this park. To apply, just lie down in the “pile” and shimmy. Just make sure the pile has aged a bit. If it’s fresh, you’re likely to get a bath when you get home. Yuck!
One more caution about this trail. There are spots that have the dreaded Goat’s Head Thorn. These spiked balls of evil will puncture your pads before you can raise your paw and whine. See here
Fortunately, the thorns seem to be confined to certain locations, and aren’t found throughout the park or on all the trails. Just be cautious. Pictures
Pro Tip on Leashes
All Redlands parks require dogs to be on a leash, but it’s hard to tell where this park ends. My owner has graciously allowed me to go off leash if we’re on a trail with no one else around. I just love chasing bunnies. I’ve never caught one, but the thrill is in the chase.