You can find the Beartooth Mountains in south-central Montana, and the range got its name from a rugged peak that resembles a bear's tooth. There are several hiking trails in the Beartooth Mountains, and a favorite route for many is the Beartooth Loop National Recreation Trail. This 12.5-mile loop trail is considered difficult, and while it can be completed in one day, many people choose to turn it into a two-day trip and stop to camp along the way.
Dogs are welcome to join you on the Beartooth Loop Trail as long as they are on a leash and always cleaned up after. The soil surface of the path is gentle on paws, but be prepared for mud.
This trail allows hikers to get to know the Beartooth Plateau, a part of the mountain range with an incredibly diverse terrain variety. While many portions of the beginning of your hike include going downhill, that means coming back will consist of plenty of strenuous uphill jaunts. You'll begin your trek by descending to Gardner Lake, and along the way, you'll cross a few streams where your dog can take a dip if they'd like.
You'll cross several small bodies of water, and you'll also see meadows, valleys, and alpine ridges along the way -- you're sure to have your breath taken away at least once!
Visitors have spotted a variety of wildlife on the trail, and are always advised to keep an eye out for wolves, bears, and other potential predators. There's no water or waste disposal stations along the Beartooth Loop Trail, so visitors are asked to bring drinking water and doggie bags.
This difficult trail is recommended for experienced hikers who are adequately equipped for a solid day of trekking the mountains, and what better way to do so than with your four-legged best friend?