It’s a fact: Idahoans love dogs and Idahoans love the outdoors. Many of us like to mix these two ideas by bringing our furry family members with us on our hiking adventures. What’s not to like? It’s a great way for both of you to get your exercise in and it’s quite a bit more exciting than just taking your dog around the neighborhood block. Seeing owners with their dogs on the trail is a pretty common sight around the Gem State.
However, any good dog parent knows that you need to plan ahead of time and think about whether or not a specific trail is suitable for your pet. For that reason, we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of dog friendly hiking trails. This doesn’t just mean that dogs are allowed on these trails, but these trails also provide ample shade and places for your dog to cool off, which is especially important during Idaho’s hottest summer days. Even if you don’t have a dog to accompany you, these hiking trails are perfect in general for getting out on the trail while trying to avoid as much that dry desert heat as possible!
1. Indian Cliff Trail
Located near Plummer, Idaho, the Indian Cliff Trail is a 3 mile loop trail that is mostly shaded and offers beautiful views. It is located in Heyburn Park, and the park does charge a small fee to park your vehicle. However, this trail is definitely worth the small price of $6 because the view at the top offers stunning views of Lake Chatcolet. The incline is small and the hike isn’t that long, so if you’re looking for something short with amazing payoff, then Indian Cliff is for you!