If your doggo is in the mood for an adventure, hop in the car and head over to Lost Cabin Lake Trailhead. Rugged mountain peaks, Montana’s famous big sky, forests, and streams make this a trail your pal won’t furget any time soon.
Getting to the trailhead is a bit tricky. After you get to Cardwell, head south about five miles, then turn right onto South Boulder Road. Stay on this road for 15 miles until you see the Louise Lake and Lost Cabin Lake Trailhead sign. Be aware that the last few miles are unpaved, but most cars should do just fine.
Once at the trailhead, it’s time for the fun to begin! The trail leads you and your pooch into the beautiful Tobacco Root Mountains. As your pal treks through the lodgepole pine and fir forests, they’ll feel like a true canine explorer. The South Boulder River and its tributaries weave throughout the area and small waterfalls can be seen along the hike. Don’t worry; bridges are provided so you can keep your feet dry. Your pup, on the other hand, will probably want to do some wading. Except for the steep climb at the end of the hike, the elevation gain is pretty evenly distributed with gradual inclines and switchbacks.
When you arrive at Lost Cabin Lake, gaze up at the magnificent Noble Peak. Rising over 10,000 feet, it is an impressive backdrop for a picnic and hanging out with your pooch. Your pup can cool off with a dip in the crystal clear mountain lake.
This trail is open from July 1 to October, depending on snow pack. It’s also multi-use, so you may run into mountain bikers or equestrians. The short distance and pawsome scenery also make it a pupular backpacking spot. Bring as much water as you can and snacks for both you and your pup. No bones about it, your furry friend will love hiking to Lost Cabin Lake!