Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Lolo 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.

Nice short walk but the mosquitoes were terrible, had to run the last half of the trail to escape them

Not quite sure how this got an easy rating. The first half is light for sure but when I got halfway towards the viewpoint of Heart the snow made footing tricky. Not to mention several streams and a small river you need to cross. I couldn’t make it to Pearl with my dog because after Heart it gets into serious switchbacks. I’m not all that experienced, but I’ve done much easier trails that have “moderate” rating. Great hike though.

Drove a long way up a really rough road. After a half a mile hike, the trail was under water in a few areas. We ended up driving the opposite way we came and stumbled on a momma bear with 3 cubs and then saw a beautiful elk in velvet.

Good to go, all clear! The river trail is clear, although it’s cut about 2 feet back from the flood, which makes it interesting. A little saturated still towards the end, but good! At the big puddle the trail is clear to the left and then you can wade through the small stream after that or you can take the tall grass trail to the right, which I did. The rest of the way is clear. Remember Bug spray!! Not even a spot of mud on my dogs feet!

Fun and kid friendly hike. Pretty flat, trail is wide and in good shape. The fire burned through here, so the forest isn’t really there anymore in a lot of this area. Still a great hike, flowers, water, morel mushrooms.....the falls are amazing. My GPS said 6 miles round trip.

Love this hike, Right now there is still lots of snow once you pass Diamond lake. We missed the bridge and had to cross the creek through the water. Hahah. Still a favorite.

Planned on hiking this trail on June 2nd 2018 but only got about 100 yards in and had to turn back. Was out with wife and 2 kids ages 7 and 10 and the flooding was so bad that I did not want to try and cross the "creek" the the trail takes you through. Will attempt again when waters recede.

Mountain Goats!

GPS coordinates took us to the middle of the road partway to Kreis lake. We didn’t see a trail, so be sure to research before heading out there because there’s no cell service. Beautiful views nonetheless!

There is a “No Trespassing” sign posted on the road.

I haven’t hiked this yet. Just an FYI for other hikers- there’s a huge downed tree blocking the road about 5 miles into the Forest Service road. Will need to be moved for the road to be passable.

hiking
25 days ago

May 28, 2018

Super beautiful hike. Most of the way is covered in felled trees, and the trail is at times hard to follow. Be ready for a climb and be smart about how you go about following the trail. When going to the peak from the trailhead, remember the general direction is Northwest.

Gate to the road that takes you to the trailhead is open for vehicles May 15-October 15. The road to the trailhead is 5 miles long and is in rough shape so go slow and make sure your car/truck can handle it. Recommend thick tires.

Enjoy!!

Pretty trail, lots of campsites nearby

It was a great trail , But it’s very flooded right now . We had to walk around on higher ground several places !!! It has a great view !Nice, easy , Sunday stroll !!!

Burnt out, but very pretty

Love hiking up here but it’s too bad the fire happened still a great hike.

Great hike! Portions of the trail were flooded, but that is to be expected this time of the year. Mosquitos were beginning to bite around the water. Had a great time with family on this one!

Great easy hike. Unfortunately the fire in 2017 burned most of the forest along this trail... Trees have fallen across the path for at least the first mile requiring a little extra effort until they clear them. Thankfully the bridge is untouched and the falls are still gorgeous. Raging this time of year!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Did have to contend with a few downed trees across the trail though

I think it’s a trail that’s more interesting for mountain biking. Very little views.

1 month ago

A few downed trees and some spots with interesting rock footing. But it was very beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. A few downed trees on the trail, but passable. This site is featured by the National Forest Service as a place to see big horned sheep. I didn’t see any, so I will be back. Warning: watch out for ticks.

birding
2 months ago

Nice walk. Lots of birds.

Very pleasant and mostly quiet hike. Dogs are required to be on leash on this trail but beware for the owners who believe the rules don't apply to them. I encountered 3 separate, loose dogs and was forced to pepper spray one dog who got aggressive with my dog. Otherwise a very pretty and easy hike.

backpacking
2 months ago

Cool hike

This is trail is still very snowy with bad ice in some spots. I highly recommend wearing snow cleats. I didn’t bring cleats so I had to turn around at the switchback because I couldn’t even make it up that without falling. Will try again in a month or so.

A nice outing, but the majority of the trees have been burned because of the fire last year. But our dogs loved the hike!

Hiked in on 6/24/17. Beautiful hike and there is a lot to explore on the way there. We ventured on to Upper Blossom and Pear Lake and we were not disappointed. The last half mile of the trail to Pear was snow covered but we were able to easily follow the tracks in the snow to the lake thanks to the review on 6/20/17, we were able to do this confidently. We came in at 11 miles total going to all three lakes and some additional exploring. The only unfortunate thing we encountered was A LOT of horse dung on the trail which attracted a lot of horse flies. Wish they had to clean up after their animals.

Great for kids and dogs. A nice quick loop with river access along the way.

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