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Blacktail Mountain, ID

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.43 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,234 feet
Elevation Gain 1,701 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,720 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.03
Interest Peak
Backpack Yes
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13  2022-06-09
Peak 4326 - Idaho Panhandle NF
10  2022-06-05 LindaAnn
10  2021-07-01 LindaAnn
15  2020-06-28
Blacktail and Butler Mountain
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Age 42 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:24am - 8:20pm
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The hike to Blacktail Mountain begins from the Talache-Blacktail Trailhead. The trail heads uphill to the northeast from the parking area. Elevation gain begins immediately, and the gain is steep. Parts of the trail are rocky, which is more noticeable on the downhill return.

The first mile is mostly switchbacks in the trees, although views start to open up after about three-quarters of a mile. You will notice that the newly rerouted trail intersects with the old trail in several places. The correct trail is not always obvious, but choosing the less steep option keeps you on the newer trail.

After the first mile, the switchbacks lessen and the trail gets a little steeper for the final mile up to the saddle. At two miles, you'll reach a saddle where the trail splits. Taking the right fork to the south leads you to Blacktail Mountain.

After taking the fork, you'll climb another thirty feet or so before mostly leveling off as you head south. Just before reaching the summit, you'll climb another twenty feet or so up some talus steps. Atop Blacktail, there are views in all directions due to no trees on the summit. Lake Pend Oreille is just below you to the east. There are plenty of rocks to sit on at the summit and soak in the scenery.

Retrace your steps back down, with the option at the saddle to take the left fork over to Butler Mountain for an additional 1.50 miles on your hike. The hike back down goes quickly, although there is some loose rock on the trail in a few places.

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2020-06-28 LindaAnn
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To Talache-Blacktail Trailhead
    From Coeur d'Alene, take Hwy 95 north to Blacktail Rd, north of mile marker 462. There are several Blacktail Roads in the area, so make sure you take the correct Blacktail. This road is in the small "town" of Cocolalla. Turn right (east) onto Blacktail Rd and follow it east to Butler Creek Rd. Turn left onto Butler Creek Rd and follow it east as it turns into FS-230. Take FS-230 east to the signed Talache-Blacktail Trailhead on the left side of the road.

    Searching for "Maiden Rock Trailhead" in Google Maps also provides good directions.

    From Boise - 7 h 43 min (414 miles)
    From Spokane - 1 h 18 min (64.2 miles)
    From Idaho Falls - 8 h 8 min (514 miles)
    page created by LindaAnn on Jun 28 2020 6:41 pm
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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