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Hamilton is a small town nestled in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley. It’s rustic setting and mountainous surroundings make it a pawsome place for adventure seeking pups. With lots of opportunities for hiking, fishing, and camping available, it’s no wonder local canines love this place.
When in Hamilton, be sure to check out River Park and Trail. Clip on your pup’s leash and follow the interpretive trail along the Bitterroot River. Not only will your pooch get some exercise, you’ll also learn about the local area. Gaze at the surrounding mountains or just hang out on the banks of the river. You may even catch a glimpse of some ducks, owls or osprey. The Kiwanis Park is also nearby. Take a stroll through this wooded space for some extra mileage.
The Hieronymus Park and Trail is another great place to
take your furry friend. This park sprawls across 60 acres of floodplain,
meadows, and riparian habitat. A two mile trail meanders alongside the
Corvallis Canal. Your pooch will get a
feel for nature as you wander through cottonwood trees and various types of
shrubs. This is a favorite spot for osprey, bald eagles, and moose, so keep
your eyes open for wildlife.
If your pooch has energy to burn, take him over to the Hamilton Dog Park. This two acre park gives him plenty of room to run around sans leash. Not only will he get plenty of exercise, he’ll also meet new four legged friends. Drinking water is available, so bring a bowl and make sure your pup takes plenty of water breaks. If you are just passing through Hamilton, book a room at the Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center. Your pooch can bunk at this cozy hotel for no additional fee. Since the Hieronymus Park is right next door, your pup can get some exercise before turning in for the night.
Next time your four legged hiking buddy needs some fresh air, head over to the Soft Rock Trail. Located in nearby Corvallis, this trail is only 10 miles from Hamilton. Follow the trail through open meadows of sagebrush and past ponderosa pines. Make your way up Chaffin Butte to enjoy a panoramic view of the Bitterroot Valley. The trail gains 1,000 feet in a short distance, so make sure your pup is ready for a climb. Although the hike is only about two miles round trip, your pooch will definitely get some good exercise. Be sure to bring water for your pal, as he’ll be thirsty after making it to the top.
You’ll find plenty of hiking in the neighboring town of Darby. Just 17 miles south of Hamilton, this town has some puptastic trailheads. If your four legged hiking buddy likes lakes, head over to Lake Como for a scenic hike. The trail around the lake is eight miles and is partly paved. Not only will you enjoy stunning views of Como Peaks, you’ll also pass a beautiful cascading waterfall. If you decide to go the whole way, be sure to bring enough water for your pal. The Lake Como Campground has pet friendly campsites, so bring a tent and stay in the area for a couple days.
If your pooch is ready for an adventure, head over to Bear Creek Trail. Located about 10 miles north in the town of Victor, this trail cuts through a canyon and leads you through thick forests and past rock outcroppings and waterfalls. It’s about 13 miles to a lake, but if you are looking for something a little shorter, there are plenty of beautiful stops along the way. Take a break near one of the streams and let your furry friend splash around and get his paws wet. No bones about it, your pup will love this hike!
The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is located about 25 miles north of Hamilton in Stevensville. Leash up your pup and head over to this natural space for a pawsome afternoon walk. Spanning over 2,500 acres, the Refuge is home to a wide variety of animals, birds, and butterflies. Follow the 2.5 mile trail through the Wildlife Viewing Area and keep your eyes peeled for deer, marmot, porcupine, beaver, and raccoons. Your pooch can commune with nature as you pass through wetlands, forests, and riverfront scenery. You’ll also enjoy spectacular views of the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountain ranges. Sounds pupperific!
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