The East Boyd-Glover Roundtop Trail is meant for those who love a challenge. This is a National Recreation Trail that is actually made up of two separate trails, East Boyd Trail #703 and Glover Ridge Trail #704. Together they create a furrific trail that is certain to push you and your four legged hiker to the limits.
The hike can be started from either Boyd Creek Campground or Glover Campground. Whichever one you don’t start at will be the end point of your hike. From Boyd Creek, follow the trail up an intense incline toward the remote Coolwater Road. With an elevation gain of just under 5,000 feet, this is no easy task. Take it slow and steady and be sure to give your furry friend plenty of water breaks. Once you reach the top, you will be at the base of Roundtop Mountain. This is great place to refuel with some trail mix or granola. Give your pup a handful, or bring some biscuits for them. Soak in the puptacular view of the Selway Crags and Bitterroot Mountains, and don’t forget to snap a photo with your pooch.
When your pal is ready to continue, follow Coolwater Road for about a mile until it connects with Glover Ridge Trail. Then, since what goes up must come down, follow this trail as it makes a steep descent back down the mountain. The lower part of the hike crosses through a conifer forest before finally arriving at Glover Campground. The Selway River is just outside the campground and is a great place for your pup to cool off their paws. Be sure to arrange for a pick up and drop off, or leave a shuttle vehicle at Glover Campground.
Primitive restrooms are located at both campgrounds, however, water is not available. Don’t be stingy on the water, and pack enough to
keep you and your pooch well hydrated. It is recommended that you take 2-3 days
to complete this hike. This is epic adventure your pup will never fur-get!