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Black Rock Mountain is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,225 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
15 days ago

Great and beautiful hike! Incredible views especially out in the open above the tree line and at the summit. Well worn trail with pine needle pathways and some scree, nicely surrounded by trees for 2/3 of the way, then pretty windy out in the open but so scenic up to the summit. Not too difficult no scrambling just sometime steep, last few steps before the summit may be on very windy days a bit dicey due to steep sides. Hiked on a Saturday in June and passed only 5 people hiking up plus 3 on mountain bikes. Road to the trailhead was washed out during the floods, you can still drive there in a 4x4 across the old riverbank (river has moved west) or park at the bottom of the hill and hike to the trailhead a few km in from the end of the road at the old riverbank. Having the All Trails map made finding the trailhead so easy. Well worth the light off roading to get get there

1 month ago

Easy hike. Difficult to get to

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

Long and bumpy drive in and had to cross a river to get to the trailhead. You're not getting in by a regular SUV or car. Also be cognizant of the flow rate because if the river is flooded you risk hydro locking your engine. Watched a red Grand Cherokee get hydro locked. Our group back country camped at the tree line then summit the mountain in the morning. It's not a difficult hike in. Once you get past the tree line you have three false summits and a bit of a scramble. Great views. Wasn't too busy and not a breath of wind at the top. Took the dog (German Shepherd) and only had to pick him up twice during the scramble.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed May 17, 2020. Pretty dry most of the way up the trail. Hit a bit of snow close to the summit but didn’t even need to use the crampons we had. Super easy to follow trail! Only had to cross the creek once in the riverbed – things were super dry. Definitely need a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle to drive all the way to the trailhead, even in the conditions we had.

hiking
icy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Did this trail we’d may 13th 2020 Well made it 150 yards from the summit and turned due to poor snow conditions..... needed an ice axe and crampons.... I’d give it another week to dry out. Very different trail in the winter as opposed to a relatively easy hike in the summer...

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

I would recommend the trail but only under certain circumstances. If you have a ATV or 4x4 vehicle and can start at the trail hard would give you a massive jump start. My group started at the parking lot and oh boy was it a challenge. We didn’t know where the trail head began and crossed the river 6x under very tricky but fun conditions. The rivers were very fast flowing, deep and cold so feet went numb whilst trying to cross. I recommend going with a group so you can create a chain across the rivers and also use hiking poles in the water ti help with balance. We walked about 8km to get to the approach and I got swept away in the river once. By the time we were at the approach we were tired but excited. Pretty simple hike with lots of switch backs. The false summit is gorgeous but the real treat is the top. Super windy so bring a wind breaker. The real scramble is only about 400-500 m but quite steep. We didn’t use helmets.

hiking
10 months ago

This was my first summit years ago, and at the time I thought it was extremely hard. Coming back to it for the third time, it's an enjoyable challenge. This time I was equipped with an AWD vehicle and navigated the very poor condition road and 4x4 trail, plus two river/stream crossings. Which mean we started at the trail head vs. the parking lot at the top of the hill and saved nine or ten kilometers... I think that made a large difference! It's a gorgeous hike. The incline in the trees is moderate and gets you to the tree line at a decent rate with a good trail! At the tree line, there's some rocks that make for lovely photos and a great snack spot, too. This mountain is amazing. We came across two other people, and for the most part had the beauty to ourselves. August 8, 2019, there were a lot of tiny black fruit fly-things at the fire lookout, but they're not that much of a hindrance. The most amazing views, and the little piece of history there is the cherry on the cake. <3

hiking
11 months ago

amazing view at the top and a great history for the lookout. trail is decently easy to the tree line then gets steeper with a good scramble to the top but total worth it. Spent the night below the tree line.

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome way. Great weather. Beautiful trail through the trees and then impressive panoramic views up the ridge line. Cool to see the old lookout at the top.

hiking
Sat Jul 06 2019

One of our favorites!

hiking
rocky
scramble
Sat Jun 29 2019

Exceptional hike. The hardest part of the entire day was the approach. The conventional approach would normally require a 8-10 km hike or drive (only ATV or4x4 accessible) with a couple river crossings. My team opted to walk the river bank, and where there was no bank left, we climbed up into the trees and bushwhacked until we could use the river bank to hike to the trail head. Once on the trail it was straight forward . At some point where the trees began to thin out we split off the trail, the trail continues doing some switchbacks but isn't steep, but once again we opted for the more "straight forward" route and scrambled up a very steep narrow face to a unofficial lunch spot by some rocks, where we reconnected with the trail. After this spot the trail becomes exposed with lots of shale, steep drops and switchbacks. The scramble continues to a very flat area and then you hike to to final ascent where once again you'll be using switchbacks all the way to the peak. All in all it was a fantastic hike

hiking
rocky
scramble
Sat Jun 15 2019

Climbed up there past Saturday, there is no snow and trail is in good condition (little muddy in tree line area as it was raining), you need to have 4x4 to cross water stream. Road leading to that stream is also not in great condition with lot of potholes. The view on top is totally worth it, that was tough hike for me as that was first one of season and i am not a pro... definitely need good pair of shoes and lot of rock part after the tree line ends. Poles are not a must but good to have, i did it without poles

hiking
Sun Jun 09 2019

Last 16km of the drive getting there wasn’t great. You get to go through some river crossings which is fun. Need to see the old lookout and the hike is relatively easy. Would recommend it.

hiking
Sat Jun 01 2019

I loved this hike! Lots of views. Going to do again in the summer

hiking
scramble
Mon May 27 2019

Very nice hike and views. A bit of snow at the top, Cramp ons were super helpful. We took our time since it’s our first hike this summer.

hiking
off trail
rocky
snow
Sun May 19 2019

It was a really great hike today. Snow line was quite low due to recent snowing. It was really wet snow all the way up to the summit, some sections 30-40cm deep. Close to the summit some sections were sketchy due to the narrow path on the rocks, but we had hiking poles so we could check where the rocks were under the snow. We also met a couple guys who have done this hike many times so they knew the right path. The view from the top is absolutely beautiful! Getting to the location: drive to the river was rough (with many holes) but even doable with a normal car. We drove there with a 2007 Ford Explorer. Riverbed was mostly dry, but you need a 4x4 to get to the trail head. Weather: +4C at the bottom around noon, -1C at the summit around 4-5pm, +3C when we got back. Cloud base was around 9000-10,000 feet, but lower on the west side as Devil's Head was in the clouds most of the time. It was windy, but it wasn't too bad.

hiking
muddy
Sun May 12 2019

Nice hike today, still has some snow which made it a little muddy below the tree line and a little slushy above the tree line. Awesome views. Road into trail head was a bit rough.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
Sun Apr 21 2019

Such a great hike... spectacular views. I wasn't sure if I'd make it to the top, but there path was pretty clear, and I didn't even need cramp-ons. The dogs enjoyed it too, and are now ready to pass out!

hiking
Fri Dec 28 2018

All the reports of the road conditions are true. This is a trail you can get to with a car, but expect to take it very slow and possibly require repairs afterwards. The trail is good. It’s not hard, but at the end of the summer, it was very smokey. Bring extra water.

Sun Nov 04 2018

This is so far my Favourite hike! Done it twice now and both times were just as amazing. Tiring trail for the young Lab but she conquered it with us carrying all her own food and water. So many different terrains, quiet trail and fantastic views throughout the entire hike! Will do it again and again.

Sat Sep 08 2018

Even the false summit has amazing views! Worth every second of it!

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