Doggy duos looking to add some variety to their walking routine should give the Holland Falls Trail a whirl. This out-and-back trail traverses through the lush Montana forest, following the northern shore of Flathead Lake until coming to an end at the magnificent cascading falls. The trail is off-limits to mountain bikers and horseback riders, which allows visitors and their canine counterparts to immerse in this spectacular experience. This is a very popular route, especially on summer weekends. We advise going on a weekday from late July to September, as crowds are less of an issue and foliage is at its most colorful.
The climate and water source lend to a prevalence of mosquitos, but these are easily deterred by a spritz of bug spray for yourself and a rub down of dog-safe mosquito repellant for your pooch. You will also need to bring plenty of water and poo bags for your adventure! Remember to leave nothing behind!
The trailhead and parking area lie east of the bay loop of the campground. As you embark from the trailhead, the path will branch off -- take the route on the left that is labeled “dead end trail”. Tree-covered mountains will surround your walk as you follow the shoreline of the lake for the first portion of your excursion. The trail opens up as you make your way up the slope towards the end of the trail, where you will see drainage from creeks which feed the falls.
The paw-path will come to end at the picturesque 50-foot waterfall, which is especially rewarding in the hot summer. The best part is you and your pooch can get as close to the falls as you please! There is nothing quite like the spray of a cool mountain waterfall on your fur after a long adventure!
Make sure you watch your step and wear proper footwear while hiking -- this trail has a few hazards, like protruding roots and rocks. Mosquitos are also prevalent here due to the lake. Come prepared with bug spray and reapply as directed. As always, bring plenty of fresh water for you and your pooch; just don't forget the collapsible bowl! Note that the trailhead is located at the end of Holland Lake Road, past the campground.