Hiking With Dogs in Montana
The Best Day Hike You Can Take With Your Dog In Montana
Hyalite Creek Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest • Bozeman
John Bozeman opened the first wagon trail through a break in the mountains that American Indians called “Valley of the Flowers.” Revered as a sacred hunting ground, the Sioux killed Bozeman and no one dared try his trail again for nine years. These days nothing can keep canine hikers off the trail to this outdoor paradise that serves as the northern gateway city to Yellowstone National Park.
South of town Custer Gallatin National Forest bursts with 2,000 miles of trails and the canine hike along Hyalite Creek through a U-shaped glaciated canyon encapsulates the beauty of them all. There are three primo destinations in Hyalite Canyon, depending on your trail dog’s hunger for adventure.
Grotto Falls is the most popular of the many side spurs that lead to waterfalls spilling into the canyon. Inclines are easy and the coniferous forest thick as the trail makes several crossings of Hyalite Creek. In a little over two miles the wide and frothy waters plunge into an inviting doggie swimming hole.
An even better swim for Seaman awaits another three miles up the trail at Hyalite Lake, a glacial tarn framed by stunning craggy gray pinnacles. One of those cliffs is Hyalite Peak and it is two miles more to the 10,298-foot summit. The deep green forests are giving way to wildflower meadows and rocky paths by this time as Seaman gains 1,400 feet in elevation past the lake - about what he covered from the trailhead to Hyalite Lake.
HIKING TIME: 2-8 hours
National Parks with Hiking
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Dogs are allowed in this park but not much hiking
Glacier National Park
Dogs are not allowed on the trails in this park
State Parks With Hiking
Montana State Parks
Dogs are not allowed in Spring Meadow Lake State Park or Wild Horse Island State Park.
Beavertail Hill State Park
Big Arm State Park
Black Sandy State Park
Giant Springs State Park
Lake Elmo State Park
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Lone Pine State Park
Madison Buffalo Jump State Park
Makoshika State Park
Medicine Rocks State Park
Missouri Headwaters State Park
Pirogue Island State Park
Sluice Boxes State Park
Ulm Pishkun State Park
Wayfarers State Park
West Shore State Park