The Shedroof Divide Trail is probably one of the easiest trails you can enjoy with spectacular views. Unlike most trails that start at the bottom of a mountain and ends at the top, this trail begins on top of a peak and travels along the ridge of multiple mountains. The trail has barely any elevation differences and provides two feet of natural and dirt trails to explore on. The almost 30 mile trail has been around since 1981 and is used regularly for its access to gorgeous scenes and hunting areas in the wilderness.
Dogs are welcome along this trail as long as they remain on a leash, which is a good thing since there are some cliffs along the way. You and your pup will be able to stop and park at the beginning of the trail and make your trek through the Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area along the peaks of the Selkirk Mountains. The wilderness area covers over 40,00 acres of land and offers opportunities for fishing, hunting, and wildlife observation.
The trail is only open during the summer months due to the harsh snowfalls during the winter and provides other activities like jogging, walking, camping, and horseback riding. Along the trail are patches of trees for shade where you and Fido can rest, but since the trail follows along the ridge, it is mostly uncovered and is very sunny. Sadly there aren't many amenities along the trail, so be sure to bring water and clean-up bags for your pup.
Whether you're viewing the wildlife and vegetation or just enjoying the scenes that surround the trail, you and Fido will find the hike breathtaking (and not just due to the 8000+ elevation). After you and Fido get a taste of the scenery, you'll both be wanting to come back for more and might even enjoy an overnight camping trip to explore the entire path!
Wildlife includes grizzly bears in the area, so stay safe and on the trail when you're hiking. The high elevation means snow and ice can stay in the beginning summer months, so be sure to watch out for slippery spots.