Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Bitterroot National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

Absolutely beautiful.
Very easy to do. Not steep at all.

Heavily populated and not hard to find people.

2 days ago

Amazing hike, beautiful view would be really simple with no snow. Still so much snow be prepared to step and fall in and have no trail to follow.

Great hike. Falls were amazing! Trail was good, a few muddy spots and water running over trail.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail was mostly great all around. Didn’t run into any snow, but some flooding over trail. The only problem I have with the trail is that to get down to the road, the first .6 ish miles are a strep downhill. This isn’t bad until you’re at the end of 9 miles and then have to go up. Other than that, the view is worth it!! BEAUTIFUL!

Beautiful hike with my dog. Quite a few people with children in the first mile or so but the further in you go the quieter it gets. Gorgeous views and right now the water is running high and fast which makes it even better. The trail is well maintained but on some of the descents it was easy to slip on the packed dirt. I didn't bring my poles with me this time but I will the next time I come. I only hiked 7 miles as I started later in the day but I will be coming back with my dog to hike the whole trail. Highly recommend this trail!

amazing waterfall, lots of water coming down the trail right now but you can get around it. easy hike as far as I was concerned

fishing
22 days ago

Many of the descriptions people have posted are incorrect. This is a great hike with several potential destinations. The first are a series of falls about 2 miles in. This area is spectacular and fairly busy. Many hikers stop here. At about 3 miles you cross the creek on either a sketchy log or by wading. From there you have several miles of flat thick forest to hike through. At around 7 miles you reach a series of bedrock creek cascades that are gorgeous. This is a possible camp location as well. Once you progress beyond this, there are fairly frequent flat and relatively open areas if you want to camp below Bryan lake. At about 8 miles, you hit Bryan lake. When we did this trail in 2015, there were quite a few logs over the trail in the upper reaches. I don’t know if they have been cleared since.

hiking
25 days ago

This is a beautiful hike. There’s a variety of terrain and I would rate it as moderate. Lots of shady area right along the creek. It climbs at a constant pace so definitely a nice moderate workout. This is one of my favorites.

one of my favorite hikes, views are breathtakingly beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Deadfall. Depressing views.

Totally love this hike. By far my favorite..

rock climbing
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, steep incline at first, but levels out through the canyon, which is breathtaking and impressively tall-walled! Young pine forest surroundings. A friend I visited at Missoula State took me climbing here for my first time and it is a memory I will cherish forever.

Love this trail for an any time hike. there was about 6 inches of snow this time and lots of opportunity for beautiful pictures. We went about 3 miles in and hiked out in the dark. Trailer is well marked with no issue finding our way out.

loved the hike. great views.

Road to trail was good, trail was melting snow/ice.

I only went halfway but loved it.

Beautiful trail, RD to trail head was in great shape. The trail is icey, I suggest micro spikes. If your GPS tries to take you to Jackson LN it's incorrect.

Great hike

Roads solid ice, narrow, with cliffs had to bale on it today. Will return in the spring.

hiking
6 months ago

We did this hike at the end of October. It was very pleasant to hike along the creek. The sun was hidden behind the mountains in the afternoon which made it chilly, good layering was helpful!

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking. Simple hike.

Beautiful hike and great for the dogs!

This USFS trail does not get a lot of use but is not hard to follow, particularly in early spring or late fall when there is less undergrowth. Great place for isolation, as I've been on it twice and still haven't run into another hiker. Beautiful scenery at some of the clearings as well as nearly panoramic views at the saddle. Good workout too (in my opinion), as the elevation gain is pretty consistent the entire way. The last 1,500 feet was above the snow line when I went, so the last segment was hard (should have brought yaktrax or similar). If you go in summer or when there is less snow, there is a trail downhill and east from the saddle that continues to Burnt Fork Lake, which is apparently beautiful and well-worth it.

Spectacular view :)

backpacking
6 months ago

Beautiful views of the bitterroot mountains! Runoff makes the trail a bit rough and hard to follow. We went in late October and got snowed on in the night. Good tent spots right by the lake. I am definitely going to hike this again in the spring!

Although we didnt make it to the falls (maybe half way there) it was beautiful along the way! definitely will be returning to finish

Great fall hike. Tamarasks were just starting to change. Ran into about a foot of snow below Hart lake so struggled a bit with route below the lake

hiking
7 months ago

5 star view on this one. I highly recommend it.

hiking
8 months ago

Snow ankle deep, but gorgeous!! I did not leave myself enough time to make it to the lake, look forward to doing it again!! Awesome hike..
beautiful :))

hiking
8 months ago

My friends and I enjoyed this hike very much. It offers a nice incline on the way up to the waterfall, and then the decline back down isn't too bad. Didn't see too many people for a Saturday. The waterfall is such a reward. You can hike up to the top of it. If you want after you hike to the top you can cross the water hike down a bit, and see the waterfall fully; but, there is no well marked trail to do this.

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