Wise River Snowmobile Trail

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Trail Distance: 23 miles
Time Estimate: 9 hr 40 min
Elevation Gain: 840 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Limited
Description

The town of Wise River features about 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, and is truly a winter wonderland. This town touches the northern edge of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the largest national forest in Montana. Surrounded by seemingly endless nature, the Wise River Snowmobile Trail, also known as the Elkhorn Hot Springs Snowmobile Trail, is a great way to enjoy some peaceful solitude and pristine snow with your canine companion. Throughout this forest, you’ll find backcountry lakes, high plateaus, and plenty of open meadows your pup will love to romp around in.  

The northern trailhead to the Wise River Snowmobile Trail can be found on the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, just 7 miles south of Wise River. Free roadside parking can also be found here. The trail then follows the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway to the top of the Price Creek divide. From here, it skirts the old Wise River Polaris Road to Elkhorn Hot Springs. As the name implies, this trail is great for snowmobiling, but is also pawpular for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail is mostly groomed, but you may want to call the National Forest Office to confirm the trail conditions. Dogs are welcome to join in on the fun, as long as they stay under voice control and are picked up after.

There are very few amenities on this backcountry trail, so be sure to bring your own supplies, and pack out what you packed in, including water and clean up bags. You’ll be able to find more amenities in the town of Elkhorn Hot Springs, at the end of the trail. This town is a rustic getaway off the beaten path, where you can find lodging, indoor hot springs, amenities, and great mountain views. Dogs are not allowed in the hot springs, but if you can arrange doggy day care, it may be a great way to thaw your bones and relax your tired muscles.

The Wise River Snowmobile Trail is gorgeous in any season! If you and your pup are looking for some heart-pumping exercise in the fresh, Montana mountain air, this is the place to go!

Trail Features
River, Mountains, Forest, Ice
Scenic, Hot Springs
Cautions & Considerations
Even in cold weather, be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your parched pup. The trail is very remote, so make sure a friend knows where you're going. Since this is a multi-purpose trail and snowmobiles may be traveling fast, always be aware of your surroundings.
Address
Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway
Wise River, MT 59762
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Address
Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway
Wise River, MT 59762
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset