The hike to the lake is fairly easy and would make a great day hike for just about anyone and is also a beautiful resting spot. Getting to the peak is much more challenging. I was not accustomed to the altitude and was breathing heavy most of the way! The two sets of main switch backs were very difficult but getting to the peak is very rewarding and well worth it! Took me just over 3 hours to get to the peak and about 2.5 to get back to the trail head.
Jennifer P. on Blackmore Trail to Blackmore Lake
If you're looking for a challenging day hike near Bozeman, Blackmore Peak is a great option. The trail starts out fairly easy through thick conifer forest and winds down to Blackmore Lake where you will get a nice view of the peak you’re about to ascend. Get more details and photos here: www.montanatrailbriefs.com/hikes/mount-blackmore
the lake is easy to get to and a great pitstop for dogs before continuing to the peak! five star rating is for the peak- it is a must! so beautiful and green- we saw mountain goats and the 360 degree views are amazing. about 14-15 miles round trip, but moderate difficulty as far as peaks go.
Nice hike to get up and out quickly if you don't have much time for a hike but just need to get out. It does loop around and has a map on the trail head to keep you in the right direction. Fun but easy hike. I packed my 25 lb daughter with me on this one and was really nice.