Are your and your fur-ever friend wondering what to do today? How about heading to the Big Hole National Battlefield for a hiking adventure? Located in Wisdom, Montana, you can add in a touch of history along with a pawtastic hike!
Located on 571 acres, the battlefield offers a wonderful, pup-friendly set of hiking trails to choose from. Pick up the trailheads for the 3 different trails near the Visitor’s Center at the main entrance. Maps and informational guides for the area are placed at the trailhead during the summer and fall seasons, and the winter guides can be picked up inside the center during the winter months. A small $1.00 charge covers the cost of the guide.
Choose the Nez Perce Trail if you are looking for a 1.6-mile out-and-back trail which is perfect for all pup-abilities. Completely flat, this trail will take you to the historic site of the 1877 battle between the Native Americans and U.S. soldiers.
The Siege Area Trail is a short 1.2-mile hike but has a moderate climb of 50 feet along its out-and-back length. You can be sure to enjoy this wooded hike with lots of shade to cool you down in the summer. This will lead you to the attack the Native American’s made on the U.S. troops here. Remnants of this area’s battle can still be seen today.
If you are looking for more of a workout, choose the Howitzer Trail which travels only 0.8-miles, but climbs up a steep hillside to an amazing, scenic overlook of the area. This trail has many hazards, such as rocks and tree roots, so only the experienced climber should attempt this 320-foot elevation change. A younger pup will have no problem finishing this climb.
The trails can become muddy in the spring after a heavy rain, and somewhat choppy during the fall after many people have enjoyed their use. All trails are accessible in the winter by snowshoers and cross-country skiers.
Visit the Big Hole National Battlefield with Fido today!