If you’re looking for a pawsome hike that will tucker out your pooch, make your way over to Meadow Creek Trail #726. Tucked away in Central Idaho’s Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, this trail ticks all the boxes; it has a river, lush forest, and room for your to pup to roam.
The first three miles of the trail are the most pupular. If your doggo doesn’t want to go the entire 15 miles, hiking just this first section is a great option. During this stretch, the trail runs through a canyon and alongside Meadow Creek. It is surrounded by thick forests of cedar and fir trees. Part way up the trail, you see Rabbit Creek. Water cascading down this stream forms an impressive waterfall. Find a spot in the creek that has a mellow current and let your pal splash around for a bit. In this same area, look for the mysterious little caves created by rock outcroppings.
Little Creek Bridge marks the end of the first three miles. It’s perfectly fine to paws for a water and snack break, then turn around and head back to the car. If your pooch does want to continue hiking, the next section of the trail is a climb. The terrain eventually evens out around Indian Hill Creek. At mile 15, you will come to the Meadow Creek Cabin. It’s available to rent during the summer months, which makes this a furrific trail for a backpacking excursion.
Meadow Creek Trail #726 begins at Slim Camp. If your pup doesn’t want to backpack, but still wants to ruff it for the night, set up a tent and sleep under the stars. Potable water is not available, so pack plenty or plan on filtering from the creek. Primitive restrooms are available at the campground. No bones about it, this trail will make your pup’s tail wag!