If your pup is up for a serious adventure, then lace up your boots, grab the back pack, and head over to the Hanging Valley Trail. This trail is action packed with plenty of inclines and gorgeous views that are typical of the rugged Montana wilderness.
The trailhead is located just outside the little town of York in the Vigilante Campground. Make no mistake; this trail starts out with a bang. Gaining 1,840 feet in elevation within the first three or so miles, it will leave your legs burning. As you’re trucking up the hill, don’t forget to look out at the views. When the sky is clear, you can see all the way to Bozeman.
Once at the top of the ridge, paws for a water break and let your pup catch their breath. Now that you have finished the climb, it’s time to….head back down. The trail descends 1,000 feet as it completes 10 switchbacks into a narrow limestone canyon. This is where things get interesting. The trail passes through a tight opening between massive cliffs and finally drops down to an overlook with epic views. A chain linked fence is the only thing separating you and your pup from a couple hundred foot drop into Trout Canyon. Before starting your return journey, snap a photo or two with your four legged hiking buddy.
Water and restrooms are available at Vigilante
Campground. It is critical that you don’t skimp on water for this hike. Bring
more than enough H2O for both you and your pooch. The trail is dry and the
elevation gain is going to leave both of you desperate for water. It’s also a
good idea to bring some snacks for you and biscuits for your doggo, so you can
refuel your energy. Your pup will agree, this trail is one for the ages!