Black Mountain Lookout Trail

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Black Mountain Lookout Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dayton, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles
1,076 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers


The Black Mountain Trail is an approximately 4 mile (round trip) out and back trail, and is primarily used for hiking. You will also see the occasional mountain biker or atv (can only get part-way up). This trail pays off in a big way when you reach the top. The old lookout tower has amazing views.

9 days ago

Great hike! We parked where FR 222 intersects with FR 16, there are two stream crossings and some terrain we weren’t sure we could get over with 2wd. My GPS said 3.9 miles round trip even with hiking .85 miles up FR 222 to the trailhead. Forest service roads and trailhead were well marked.

3 months ago

Love think hole! Mostly up hill but a wonderful view!

8 months ago

Really hard trail but the views are worth it!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Totally cool. Beautiful craggy rocks. Well maintained trail. Some wet spots due to snow melt. The top is spectacular. Look for the little outhouse for two near the top of the trail. Secluded - a great spot to get away from it all. Loved the wildflowers!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

It is well worth doing.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Great hike, just a short trip though. Worth the effort.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

just did this trail today, we drove up as far as the Black Mountain sign. From there it is approximately 1 mile up hill all the way. Lots of rocks on the trail and the last part going up to the look out required a little rock climbing. Beautiful views at the end.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nice tree lined hike with cute little meadows and flowers along. Amazing views from the peak, well worth the last distance that does get slightly difficult due to steep and rocky. Need a 4x4 to get up 222 to the trailhead so we just hiked the 1 mi. road.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Not much to see until you reach the top, but when you do it sure is worth it. Trail is actually only a mile out and a mile back if you actually park at the trail head, but the FR 222 is pretty washed out so you may want to walk from where FR 16 and FR 222 meet if you don't have fourwheel drive and good ground clearance. All in a it was a nice quick hike. Fairly steep, but not incredibly difficult. Recommend to go on a warm and not so windy day.

Friday, January 31, 2014

This trail is well maintained. Black Mountain appears to be the highest peak on the eastern side of the northern portion of the Bighorns, and so the views from the lookout tower are absolutely stunning! This is a must if you're in this area! Watch the weather though; it moves in quick sometimes!

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