Many trails are available around the Beartooth Ranger District, including the Lake Fork road and loop trail along with the lower Parkside trail, which runs 2.16 miles along the Main Fork of Rock Creek from Richel Lodge dispersed area up to the Hellroaring road. Dog owners should carry a leash and sanitary bags to pick-up a dog’s waste. With the amount of dog walkers and trail users, a dog’s waste can add up and create an unpleasant experience, especially once the snow melts. The Beartooth Ranger District is looking for opportunities to provide additional dog waste bag tubes to encourage trail etiquette, including picking up your dog’s waste.
Each year dog bites and attacks are reported. Although there is not a mandatory leash law, a county ordinance allows for prosecution of dog owners if their dog bites another trail user. For the general health, safety and recreational experience of all trail users, the Custer National Forest urges dog owners to be diligent of their dog’s actions, pick up their dog’s waste and respect the multiple trail users that are enjoying the National Forest.