Hike along the border of Montana and Idaho on the State Line Trail in the Lolo National Forest. This pawmazing pathway offers scenic views and a moderately challenging workout. Follow the ridge along the Bitterroot Divide. Out here, you'll travel through timber country and ascend to some saddle areas with scenic viewpoints. Catch sight of the valley below and admire the alpine lakes and rivers. There are no restrooms in this wilderness area, and there are no hours listed for the trail.
From the parking lot on Dry Creek Road, look for the trailhead between the road and the gate for the logging lane. Head north on the track through the trees. At first, the path is level, but it soon starts to climb to a saddle along the ridge. You'll see panoramic vistas of Idaho, Cliff Lake, and Diamond Lake here. This route continues to skirt around cliffs, traverse saddle areas, and follow the ridges. On your way, you'll see the South Fork of Dry Creek, Bonanza Lakes, and Cedar Creek. There's a former miner's road and an old ranger station in the area. Further down the path, you'll cross into Idaho, where the terrain is more difficult and rocky. Towards the end, you'll come to Hoodoo Pass, where you can follow the ridge to Fish Creek.
When you come here with your dog, the Forest Service requires that you secure them with a leash. Pack water and waste bags for your trip. Collect your pup's droppings and pack it out to help preserve the area.
The State Line Trail offers a challenging workout for you and your furry friend in the wilderness of the Lolo National Forest. Hike through conifer and hardwood timbers, along ridges, and past mountain peaks. Watch for bighorn sheep and other resident wildlife. There are trailheads off Dry Creek Road, Cedar Creek Road, Raw Hide Road, and near Hoodoo Lake.