If your furry friend wants to get out in nature, but you’re short on time, check out the Arch Rock Trail. Tucked away inside the Blue Mountains of the Malheur National Forest, this short little trail is in the eastern part of Oregon. Since it’s not very long, it’s a great option if you have two legged children in tow.
Let your pooch be the guide as you follow the trail through a beautiful wooded area. Take time to read the interpretive signs along the way so your pup can learn about the trail’s geological features. As you make your way down the trail, you’ll pass puptastic rock formations. The final destination is a large arch carved out of an ashflow tuft by wind and weather. Your furry friend will love trotting through a 50 foot archway, then checking out all the other nooks and crannies on the rock outcropping. If your dog is a climber, they can put their skills to good use and scramble up the side of the arch.
While hiking Arch Trail, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get a furrific photo with your four legged friend. Wildflowers, trees, and of course the arch, all make a perfect backdrop to capture the moment with your pal. And since horses, mountain bikes, and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trail, it’s pretty peaceful. You may even catch a glimpse of the resident woodpeckers, mule deer or coyotes.
Facilities are not available, so don’t leave home without packing plenty of water. Although the trail isn't very long, the area can get pretty warm during the summer. Even a short hike will leave your doggo thirsty for a cold drink. Also, remember to bring clean up bags and pick up after your pooch.
Your pooch may not be tuckered out when you finish hiking to Arch Rock, but they’ll definitely be one happy hound!
Although this area is typically hot during the summer, conditions can change quickly. Be prepared for all types of weather.