Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail

Superior, Montana

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Trail 171 enters a cool forest of subalpine fir and Engelmann spruce. Look closer and you’ll notice that these tall trees stand in stark contrast to much of the surrounding landscape, which sports silver snags, groundhugging shrubs, and golden grasses. This entire area was engulfed in a massive wildfire a century ago, and nature is slowly regenerating. All this newly created open country has provided good forage for big beasties. All of this area has remained roadless and is being considered for inclusion in a 250,000-acre federally protected Great Burn Wilderness Area. This creekside trail works its way up the valley. Some brushy avalanche areas must be traversed (watch for nettles), but most of the route is under forest canopy. A lot of small critters such as hares, squirrels, and snakes (but not the poisonous ones) will keep your dog alert.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

Trail 171 enters a cool forest of subalpine fir and Engelmann spruce. Look closer and you’ll notice that these tall trees stand in stark contrast to much of the surrounding landscape, which sports silver snags, groundhugging shrubs, and golden grasses. This entire area was engulfed in a massive wildfire a century ago, and nature is slowly regenerating. All this newly created open country has provided good forage for big beasties.

All of this area has remained roadless and is being considered for inclusion in a 250,000-acre federally protected Great Burn Wilderness Area. This creekside trail works its way up the valley. Some brushy avalanche areas must be traversed (watch for nettles), but most of the route is under forest canopy. A lot of small critters such as hares, squirrels, and snakes (but not the poisonous ones) will keep your dog alert.

©  Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Superior
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best late June through mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,650 feet
Top Elevation: 6,262 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest, Superior Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Straight Peak NW, Hoodoo Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail

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