The vast amount of space that takes up North Dakota's wilderness is a large amount, and the number of trails available here are abundant, mostly long, and would involve multiple days of hiking. That's the best part about Munch's Coulee Hiking Trail, it's a short, simple hike perfect for any class, and provides just as perfect views as its longer counterparts.
This rural trail is made up of dead and pressed down grass, but is 5 feet in width. It starts at a small parking lot right on the west shore of Lowes Des Lacs Lake. The parking lot is made of gravel, with large rocks marking the perimeters and offers four benches. You don't even have to stray too far to get your first taste of wildlife viewing since right by the parking lot is a small pond that has multiple bird species and amphibians.
The hike isn't long though, and offers a short, but steep incline to the peak of the nearest hill. Once you're there, it's one of the best places to view the native wildflowers and other species of birds. Looking around at the peak, you'll find spectacular views of the lake and surrounding ponds and grasslands.
Other species you can see here include prairie dogs, turtles, and duck broods. Due to the trail's short length, it really is only available for hiking and nature viewing, but fishing is allowed at the lake and the trail connects to an access point to a small beach area just for that. The trail can get pretty popular during the spring and summer months, thanks to its cool weather and variety of natural habitats around the small area.
Whether you're out by yourself and your pup or surrounded by people though, you and Fido will get an eyeful from the laid-back walk and enjoy some much needed time outside, even if it is only for half an hour.