Palisade Mountain in the Hyalite Canyon Region of Montana is an uncrowded, peaceful, dog-friendly trail that follows a ridge to the summit from which you'll enjoy spectacular vistas of the Bitterroot Mountains, Hyalite Canyon and Paradise Valley. The trailhead features a small parking area, and from there the trail ascends, sometimes steeply, skirting a couple of knobs to its end in the Sapphire Mountains.
Officially known as the National Recreational Trail #44, the Palisade Mountain path is open from May 15 to the end of October, and in the summer, some of the ridgetops and knobs provide furbulous wildflower shows. Large mammals live here, and in the valley below, and you may spy bears and bison on your hike, so be sure to keep your fur-pup securely leashed. Several stream crossings provide an opportunity to cool off and have a drink, maybe even a splash for Fido!
A side trail will appear a couple of miles in, and this short, 1-mile paved hike leads to Palisade Falls, where you'll find a beautiful waterfall. This is an easy out-and-back trail, and the trailhead features a restroom and free parking, so you'll see many families out for a summer walk on the path. Please be respectful and maintain good control of Fido, especially around children and older adults. If you and your fur-buddy are adventurous, continue past the falls and up to the summit for another scenic view of the valley.
There are no facilities or amenities on the Palisade Mountain Trail #44, so be sure to bring plenty of water and be prepared to pick up your pup's waste and carry it out with you. Backcountry hike-in camping is available without reservations, and there are also developed and maintained campgrounds nearby, some with rustic cabins.
Lying amid several other trails and parks, the Palisade Mountain Trail could just be the starting point for an extended adventure for you and your pooch!