We want to hike needle peak in the next couple of days for the first time. Can anyone tell me if it is practical to bring dogs on the hike? Can they handle the scrambles. One dog is small and old, but I can throw her in the backpack if needed. The other is a 3 month old German Short hair pointer with lots of spunk. She has the energy, but I am wondering if the pitch is too steep or if the boulders are too big.
Also, is this hike affected by the wild fires?