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Blacktail Mountain Trail

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Flathead National Forest

Blacktail Mountain Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lakeside, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 823 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

cross country skiing

mountain biking

snowshoeing

forest

wildlife

mountain biking
13 days ago

Nice trail to ride once snow melts off. We used eBikes (not MTBs) and it helped as the loop is a fairly gradual uphill most of the way (clockwise) until you get to the cutoff back to the parking area. First 3/4 is old logging trail but forest has grown back thick and trail has narrowed. Last 1/4 before cutoff is all weather dirt road so we encountered several vehicles but they were going slow. Cutoff is a crudely cut double track with a number of switchbacks but nothing too technical - stay back on the seat and manage speed in switches and you’ll be fine. Nice ride for a few hours. Yes, micro brewery in town at the bottom is very good for a refuel!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

xcountry skiing. groomed trails.

hiking
7 months ago

This is basically a logging road and a XC ski trail. Not for hiking at least. Not worth the drive up.

mountain biking
Tue Jul 17 2018

Great hiking trails all over, if your looking for a great trail to off-road try the Wild Bill trail. Lots of fun near by.

Thu Jun 07 2018

Wonderful trail! Great vistas of Flathead Lake! Hit the brewery below!

cross country skiing
Sat Jan 20 2018

Beautiful vista

Sun Dec 10 2017

The reviews and photos for this “trail” are all over the place. Some of the photos are on the xcountry ski trail, others appear to be on the Lakeside to Blacktail trail which is NOT a loop. It appears from other reviews that people did not even know where they were. Very untrustworthy, and not dependable.

Mon Oct 16 2017

flat & easy. A small stream in the first mile. Not too many good overlooks. The Alpine Loop that cuts through the to the right follows a very deep gorge.

walking
Thu Jul 27 2017

We didn't walk the whole way. It's along logging roads.

9 miles of uphill. Well, the last bit is straight downhill. So, 7 mules of a graduated uphill with nice views of the Rockies. The last couple miles is rolling up and down before you take a plunge with twists and turns. Definitely worth the ride. We took our time and rode for about 3 hours. We would rate this moderate and the downhill a bit more than moderate.

cross country skiing
2 months ago

cross country skiing
2 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

running
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Wed Aug 29 2018

hiking
Fri Jul 07 2017

walking
Fri May 26 2017

Thu Aug 18 2016