4,061 ft
192 ft
-309 ft
4,768 ft
High Point
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Black Forest Trail Details

  • Riding area
    South Hills
    Helena, Montana
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

The Black Forest Trail incorporates one of the toughest climbs in the South Hills: a fall-line climb to the top of the Black Forest (so named for an old fire). This trail doesn't see a lot of use any more.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Black Forest Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -117 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,574 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,766 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,650 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,496 ft
  • Distance down
    2,104 ft
  • Distance flat
    462 ft
  • Avg reverse time
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on Nov 1, 2017
Snow Covered
Avg: 2.5 (2 votes)

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Directions to black-forest-trail trailhead (46.569380, -112.059690)
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Black Forest Trail Trail Reports

Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:23am
Nov 1, 2017
reporter First real snowfall of 2017/18
Apr 17, 2017 @ 3:37pm
Apr 17, 2017
Needs a good raking and chainsaw work. There's a tree that's been there so long, a trail is developing around it.
Apr 7, 2017 @ 7:04am
Apr 7, 2017
Apr 2, 2017 @ 1:08pm
Apr 2, 2017
Tree thinning has left a mess of debris and heavy equipment has torn up the trail.
Mar 27, 2017 @ 7:10am
Mar 27, 2017
reporter Trails are drying out fast at the end of March
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Routes with this trail

Wakina Sky: Stairway - Bum's Rush
7 miles

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag lyophilization (Apr 17, 2017 at 15:39)
 I rode this in the opposite direction as posted, to get to Evans. The first part is pretty trashed with trees and debris. Over all pretty forgettable except a steep section you cna really open it up on just before you hit the Evans Trail junction.

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