The Team's Favorite Hiking Trails


The Team's Favorite Hiking Trails

The Wilderdog team shares some of their favorite hiking trails - along with the pros, cons, and some awesome pro-tips should you decide to hike them too! Wherever you hike, don't forget to pack enough food, water, and of course, all the essential Wilderdog gear. Happy Trails!

@livingwitharlo's Favorite

Yates Mountain via Prairie View Trail

Location: Alberta, Canada
Distance: 7.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,293 feet
Difficulty: Moderate

Pros

  • Great views of Barrier Lake
  • Really dog friendly
  • Can hike it in the winter

Con

  • The trail can get quite busy, especially on weekends, and limited parking

Pro Tips

  • Head down to the lake after to cool off
  • One of the best hikes in the area for sunrise or sunset!
  • If you want to make the hike easier just go up to the viewpoint, if you’re looking to make the hike longer, extend it into Jewell Pass loop

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@sadiemtnpup's Favorite

Gore Lake

Location: Vail, Colorado
Distance: 12.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,867 feet
Difficulty: Hard

Pro

  • Don't forget to look back every now and then once you get above treeline - the 360* views are amazing.

Con

  • It is a long, steep climb - wear good hiking shoes with support & traction

Pro Tip

  • Make sure you're ready for a refreshing dip in the alpine lake!
  • Start early
  • Bring lots of water and snacks for you and your pup

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@adventuresibes's Favorite

Lofty Lake Loop Trail

Location: Kamas, Utah
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain: 958 feet
Difficulty: Moderate

Pro

  • You pass about 8 different mountain lakes throughout to help keep you and your dogs cool.

Con

  • The bugs can get aggressive...

Pro Tip

  • Bring an inflatable paddleboard and a cooler to any of the early lakes to hangout, and don't forget bug spray!

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@adventureonpoint's Favorite

Scout Falls

Location: Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah
Distance: 2.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 883 feet
Difficulty: Moderate

Pro

  • The hike is short, but you can go a little bit further to summit one of the peaks in Utah Valley, Mt. Timpanogos.

Con

  • This trail can get quite busy in the spring, summer, and fall, and on weekends. Go weekdays if you can!

Pro Tip

  • If you want a short hike but want some views besides the fall go up about another half mile to the meadows right above the falls.

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@roamwithrundle's Favorite

Chester Lake Trail

Location: Alberta, Canada
Distance: 5.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,420 feet
Difficulty: Moderate

Pros

  • This trail is breathtaking in the summer, and open in the winter as well for cross country skiing & snowshoeing.
  • A lil alpine dip at the lake at the top on a summer day is ideal for fluffy dogs like Rundle.
  • This is a hike i’ve been doing since i was a kid (so family friendly as well!)

Con

  • It has been closed for erosion control, so just check to make sure it's open when you want to go!

Pro Tip

  • If you hike up another 15 minutes, you can see the "elephant rocks"! These are huge rock formations that are described as looking like a herd of elephants from different angles & they are a must see!

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@trailsanddogs's Favorite

Grassy Ridge Bald via Appalachian Trail

Location: Roan Mountain, Tennessee
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,079 feet
Difficulty: Moderate

Pros

  • Great first backpacking trail for beginners, perfect for an overnight out and back trip
  • Great wildflower bloom every summer
  • The trail is well-marked because it’s along the Appalachian Trail
  • 360° views at multiple spots along the trail!

Cons

  • It can get crowded during weekends and popular times to hike - start early to snag a spot during peak backpacking season!
  • No water source along the trail so be sure to pack plenty of water for you and your pups

Pro Tip

  • Most people only hike to the first bald (Roan High Knob) and take photos then leave, so pro tip - keep hiking past them and you’ll get better views with less people!

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@ollie.explores's Favorite

Golden Ears Summit Trail

Location: British Columbia, Canada
Distance: 13.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 5,561 feet
Difficulty: Hard

Pro

  • This hike is one of my favourites. It has absolutely stunning views of the valley and beautiful sunsets and sunrises on a clear day.

Cons

  • BUGS! Make sure to bring your bug spray.
  • Very busy on the weekend - try and start early if you can... there are a limited number of wooden tent pads near the emergency shelter!

Pro Tip

  • Avoid weekends if possible!
  • Be prepared for snow (bring crampons and poles) if earlier in the season and don't forget about your backcountry camping permit!
  • Be aware of your dog's abilities - there is a ladder section that I had to carry Ollie down so it might be challenging for bigger dogs!

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@mirandashea24's Favorite

Ruth Lake

Location: Kamas, Utah
Distance: 2 miles
Elevation Gain: 262 feet
Difficulty: Easy

Pro

  • Easy and short hike if you want something quick, but also connected to surrounding lakes if you want to extend your hike.

Con

  • Can get very busy on the weekends and holidays.

Pro Tip

  • In the summer, make sure to bring bug spray and try to go on a week day or early morning.

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