Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Montana

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Montana. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Montana that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park Pets are not allowed on any park trails. Pets are only allowed in drive-in campgrounds, along park roads open to motor vehicles, and in picnic areas. Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet and under physical restraint or caged. They may not be left unattended for any length of time. Kennels are available in several towns surrounding the park. See Details
Pet Friendly Norm Schoenthal Island
Norm Schoenthal Island Norm Schoenthal Island is not a dog specific beach, but it does offer a 1.7-mile trail that allows leashed dogs. The Island has very nice scenery and easy walks in all directions. See Details
Kim Williams Nature Trail The Kim Williams Nature Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Missoula! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Kim Williams Nature Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Stahl Peak Lookout Trail Stahl Peak Lookout Trail is a 7 mile hike in Kootenai National Forest that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. This trail lies in a beautiful 7,000 acre national forest that is surrounded by another 33,000 acres of high country. The whole area is being considered for inclusion into the federal wilderness system because of its alpine lakes, tall peaks, meadows, old-growth forest, and resident grizzly bears. See Details
Diamond and Cliff Lakes Trail Diamond and Cliff Lakes Trail is a 3 mile hike in Lolo National Forest that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. Although the Bitterroot Divide between Idaho and Montana has many lakes, the most accessible are Diamond and Cliff. Despite the accessibility the lakes never see any huge crowds. See Details
Bluebird Lake Highline Trail Bluebird Lake - Highline Trail is a 5 mile hike in Kootenai National Forest that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. Luckily the beautiful Ten Lakes Scenic Area is an out of the way trip, otherwise it would be be taken over by crowds. Spending the night car camping at Big or Little Therriault Lakes will allow you to spend a full day enjoying the peaceful backcountry. See Details
Swan River Trail This two-mile trail begins in Bigfork Village and follows Swan River. It's lovely year round for riding bikes, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and walking your pooch. See Details
Gallagator Linear Trail The Gallagator Linear Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bozeman! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Gallagator Linear Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Little Spar Lake Trail Little Spar Lake Trail is a 8 mile hike in Kootenai National Forest that will take about 6 hours to complete with Fido. This trail will bring you by cliffs and through meadows before ending up at the lake. Take in the alpine beauty and enjoy camping, swimming in the lake, and exploring the high-country. Remember, there is wildlife around, so take precautions for bears. See Details
Saint Paul Lake Trail Saint Paul Lake Trail is a 8 mile hike in Kootenai National Forest that will take about 5 hours to complete with Fido. This trail is a must for those hiking with their dog. It will take you through beautiful wilderness scenery as it follows a refreshing creek and old-growth forest. Enjoy relaxing by the quiet lake. See Details
Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail is a 8 mile hike in Lolo National Forest that will take about 5 hours to complete with Fido. Stay cool in the forest as you head up the valley on this creekside trail. A century ago this area was consumed by a wildfire; now you will see grasses and shrubs on the once barren land next to the forest. See Details
Cabin Lake Trail Cabin Lake Trail is a 5 mile hike in Lolo National Forest that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. You and your dog will delight in the fairly desolate trail that leads by summits, meadows and lakes. The trail system is a good one and one of the best lakes to venture to is Cabin Lake. See Details
Bitterroot Branch The Bitterroot Branch is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Missoula! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Bitterroot Branch. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Story Mill Spur The Story Mill Spur is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bozeman! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Story Mill Spur. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Little Ibex Lake Trail Little Ibex Lake Trail is a 12 mile hike in Kootenai National Forest that will take about 8 hours to complete with Fido. Little Ibex is quite possibly the sweetest gem in this wilderness, yet it remains less traveled. Revel in the snow capped peaks and alpine lakes as you hike with your dog. See Details
Custer Gallatin National Forest Custer Gallatin National Forest welcomes dogs to enjoy the wilderness with their humans. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in all designated recreation areas including parking lots, picnic areas, day hiking trails, trailheads, interpretive centers, restrooms, boat docks and piers, and developed campgrounds. Dogs may be off leash when on non-day hiking trails and in the backcountry, but should be leashed when encountering other hikers. The address leads to the forest office where information on Custer Gallatin National Forest can be acquired before heading into the wilderness. See Details
Riverfront Trail The Riverfront Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Missoula! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Riverfront Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Bramlet Lake Trail Bramlet Lake Trail is a 3 mile hike in Kootenai National Forest that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. This short hike will lead you to Little Bramlet Lake, which lies just inside the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. The trail lies outside the wilderness and used to be a mining road. It is a good idea to check with the ranger station before embarking, as the trailhead may move. See Details
River's Edge Trail The River's Edge Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Great Falls! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the River's Edge Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Crystal Lake Trail Crystal Lake Trail is a 3.5 mile hike in Lolo National Forest that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. This short hike will take you up a steep trail that is not too difficult, but will provide a good workout. There is ample shade and water along the way if you decide to take a break. Take a swim in Crystal Lake or explore the old mining town. See Details
Hazel and Hub Lakes Trail Hazel and Hub Lakes Trail is a 6 mile hike in Lolo National Forest that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. Along this trail you will encounter a cedar forest, a scenic waterfall, and some creek crossings. First you will come to Hazel Lake, which is the larger one. Hub is further along and offers better fishing, swimming, and camping. See Details
Lost Buck Pass Trail Lost Buck Pass Trail is a 7.5 mile hike at Upper Geiger Lake that will take about 5 hours to complete with Fido. The Geiger lakes are a popular destination because of the easy access, camping, fishing, and beautiful scenery. If you are looking for a more desolate trail than head to this area via the Fourth of July Creek Trail 115. See Details
Deer Lake Trail Deer Lake Trail is a 7 mile hike in Lolo National Forest that will take about 4 to 5 hours to complete with Fido. If you are looking for more solitude than can be found at Cabin Lake, you may want to take this trail to Deer Lake. Few hikers make this strenuous hike. What makes it strenuous? The fact that the 2600 feet of elevation gain takes place almost entirely within one mile of the hike. See Details
Route of the Hiawatha The Route of the Hiawatha is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Saint Regis! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Route of the Hiawatha. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details