Pulpit Mountain Trail

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Trail Distance: 5 miles
Time Estimate: 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 3356 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Unknown
Description

Explore the backcountry of Montana with a pawtastic hike on the Pulpit Mountain Trail. Nestled within the breathtaking Kootenai National Forest, the Pulpit Mountain Trail sits just 7 miles outside of Troy and offers doggoes and their owners a full day of hiking! The Pulpit Mountain Trail is one of five designated Recreation Trails, and one of the most pawpular thanks to its scenic ridgeline.

Begin your ascent to Pulpit Mountain by car (4WD recommended). You and Fido will begin your adventure at Pulpit Mountain and take an easy hike down, following the ridgeline to Rabbit Creek as you go. The trail is quite remote, offering hikers a peaceful day out in nature. As you follow the trail, chances are you'll stumble across babbling rivers and tranquil lakes which are stocked with trout fish. 

On your Pulpit Mountain Trail hike, you will pass through areas affected by wild forest fires from the years 1910, 1994 and 2000. Fur-tunately, abundant flora and fauna have come back to the area, making the trail a beautiful and scenic section of the forest once again. Though you should be careful to watch your step on the trail, don't forget to look up every now and then to see the gorgeous peaks of O'Brien Mountain, China Mountain, and Mr. Tom Mountain. 

As you hike back down Pulpit Mountain, be sure to stop by the pawpular Kootenai Falls, one of the largest in the state! This natural waterfall is a woof-taking, scenic pit-stop along your hike. Plenty of hikers and pups frequent this cool spot to take a refreshing dip or just marvel at the roaring rapids. 

The Pulpit Mountain Trail has no known water access points or clean up bags along the trail, so bring your own. You and your pup will no doubt have a pawtastic time hiking the pawpular Pulpit Mountain Trail!  

Trail Features
Forest, Steep Inclines, Rocky
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Be sure to check trail conditions with the local Forest Service offices before beginning your adventure. Cell phone service might be limited while on the trail, so make sure to tell a friend or family member of your travel plans in case of emergency. Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Lastly, beware of wildlife in the area and make sure you keep a watchful eye on your pooch!
Address
NF-4420
Troy, MT 59935
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Address
NF-4420
Troy, MT 59935
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset