Blacktail OHV Trail aka Blacktail-Wild Bill ORV Trail System

3/5 (1 reviews)
Lakeside, Montana (Flathead County)
Last Updated: 10/14/2022

Trail Information


Snow Wheeling
Located near Kalispell, in the Flathead National Forest of northwest Montana, Blacktail OHV Trail is unlike any other trail you will find in a National Forest. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1979, it was not until the 2000's that members from two local 4-wheel drive clubs were given the "OK" to create numerous manmade "challenge features" along several forest roads that now make up the three legs of the Blacktail-Wild Bill ORV Trail system. This trail system is the northernmost Jeep Badge of Honor (BOH) trail and by far the most unique trail system in Montana. Jeep owners from across the country might visit this area mainly in summer, but don't be fooled. Even during the winter, this area is a 4-wheeler's paradise.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Blacktail OHV starts at the easternmost trailhead for the Blacktail-Wild Bill ORV trail system. This straight-through route follows Forest Service Roads 917 and 917A for just over 3 miles to the Truman Saddle Junction. When dry, the main road is an easy, bumpy dirt road that can be completed by any high clearance 2WD vehicle. However, there are sporadic obstacles on the sides of the trail the entire way. The obstacles are entirely manmade with some natural help and are called "Challenge Features." This eastern leg makes up only one of the three legs of the ORV trail system, and Blacktail OHV has the easiest challenge features of the three legs. Challenge features along this leg consist of mainly dug-out holes and small hill climbs. Combine this trail with Upper Dayton Creek and Wild Bill - Eagle Mountain to complete the entire Jeep Badge of Honor.

Trail Reviews

3/5 (1)
Official Crew
Rated 3/5
Visited: 08/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail to get your feet wet with the trail system. It is definitely very unique to see a FS road with a bunch of obstacles off the sides of it. Although I would rate the obstacles along this trail as the smallest obstacles along the trail system, many of them have breakover angles that just aren't suitable for full-size 4wd vehicles. Definitely more suitable for ATVs and side by sides. Now that doesn't mean Jeeps and trucks can't have fun along this leg. There are definitely fun obstacles. Just don't be surprised if you end up passing several of the obstacles, or spending a lot of time winching because you got turtled.

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