The beginning of the trail might just take the breath out of you with its near-200 foot slope. But fear not! Once past this ascent, the trail is easy-breezy going forward. You'll set out on the hike at the stone shelter (via the south trailhead). Make sure to take it easy, as the hill is steep and can be slippery when wet. Plus, you don't want to miss out on the views of the old-growth timber that hangs overhead. Next, you will need to cross Highway 119, before continuing across the ridge sprinkled with shortleaf pines. Along the ridge, you'll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the pawpular spring-fed fish hatchery, before descending (rather steeply) down into the valley toward the north trailhead (and park office).
The entire length of the trail is well-marked and maintained, but bring long pants and a hat in order to keep the no-see-ums and critters at bay. Make sure to keep a watchful eye out for wildlife; as such, you might even get to spot an eagle's nest! Don't forget to pack out what you pack in, kindly greet fellow hikers and doggies, and pick up after your pup! In sum, the Pine Ridge Trail is a furrific point-to-point hike affording you the oppawtunity to get some exercise, spend some time with Fido, and enjoy quiet time out in nature in the Montauk State Park.