Bozeman, MT: Mount Blackmore

This ambitious 5.6-miler climbs more than 3,000 feet through mountain meadows, past a quiet lake, to a summit with far-away views over the Gallatin Range.
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This ambitious 5.6-miler climbs more than 3,000 feet through mountain meadows, past a quiet lake, to a summit with far-away views over the Gallatin Range.

-Mapped by Trung Q. Le

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.0

Waypoints

MBT001

Location: 45.4849700927734, -110.980499267578

Head S on Blackmore Trail under an evergreen canopy

MBT002

Location: 45.4835014343262, -110.980697631836

Straight on Blackmore Trail @ 3-way. In 130 ft., straight again @ 3-way. Gradual ascent to Blackmore Lake continues

MBT003

Location: 45.4819984436035, -110.97859954834

Straight @ 4-way, crossing an old forest road

MBT004

Location: 45.4692802429199, -110.984001159668

Lodgepole pine and Douglas fir are reflected in Blackmore Lake's glassy waters on R. Continue heading SW

MBT005

Location: 45.466251373291, -110.985801696777

Straight on Blackmore Trail @ 3-way. Leave woods for alpine meadows

MBT006

Location: 45.4532203674316, -110.981101989746

Trail proceeds S toward Elephant Mtn. Ahead, leave ridge for .3-mi. descent to drainage

MBT007

Location: 45.4436340332031, -110.981597900391

Trail swings R, heading W below Elephant Mtn.'s summit ridge

MBT008

Location: 45.445369720459, -110.991188049316

Turn L (SW)

MBT009

Location: 45.4408531188965, -110.994972229004

Climb switchbacks to saddle between Mt. Blackmore and Elephant Mtn.

MBT010

Location: 45.4382705688477, -110.994499206543

Saddle: Go straight @ 3-way toward Blackmore; 550 ft. of climbing left

MBT011

Location: 45.4446487426758, -111.003700256348

Mt. Blackmore: This 10,154-ft. peak sits on the NW wing of the Gallatin Range, a string of mountains stretching from Yellowstone to Livingston. Snap photos then descend back to trailhead

Blackmore Lake

Location: 45.4701118469238, -110.984344482422

Conifers are reflected in lake's glassy waters.

Mt. Blackmore

Location: 45.4388313293457, -110.997497558594

Mt. Blackmore from the saddle connecting Blackmore and Elephant Mtn.

Summit View

Location: 45.444694519043, -111.003540039062