Blackhall Meadows - Nice Hike Close to Town


Aug 17, 2015
I thought that I'd offer a suggestion for a hike that starts about 10 miles from Helena, MT, where I live. The trailhead starts a few miles up the north fork of Travis Creek, which is off a good gravel road between Grizzly Gulch and Lump Gulch (Helena and Clancy). It's about 5,900' at the trailhead. The meadows are an easy hike of about 1 3/4 miles. This shot looks back across the meadows from the far side.


About 1/2 mile farther up the trail, a side trail takes off to the top of Colorado Mountain, the site of an old fire tower. On the way up, you get a good view of Red Mountain, which sits above the Ten Mile Creek drainage near the town of Rimini, just below McDonald Pass. A 3-mile, rocky, scree trail climbs to the Red Mountain summit, 8,150'. (There's another trail that goes around the back.)

The trail to the top of Colorado Mountain (7,200') is about 2 miles and not a very steep climb. The summit offers some great views, although the smoke from all of the fires makes it a little hazy these days. In the next pic, you can see a few of the footings that supported the old tower. Nothing of the tower remains.


The next pic looks south, and you can see Chessman Reservoir in the distance.

The next two shots look westward toward the Divide.
The next two pics look over the meadows from the trail on the way back down. The pine beetle epidemic killed a large number of trees across western Montana. As the roots die, the trees inevitably fall own, often blocking trails. The Forest Service does what it can to clear trails, and this trail would have been impassable if it had not been cleared. It's wise to carry a chain saw in your outfit in the hills, in case a tree blocks the road...especially on the way back.
Overall, it's about an 8-mile hike to the summit of Colorado Mountain and back. If you get out early, you may see an elk or two in the meadows.
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
balzaccom Report from Tuolumne Meadows Backpacking 0
TheMountainRabbit Dana Meadows to Twin Lakes via the High Route (Yosemite/Hoover Wilderness) - August 2023 Backpacking 8
RockyMntCol Turpin Meadows Horse Traffic Trip Planning 1
SteveR Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Winter Sports 2
TractorDoc Yellowstone's Hayden Valley, Trout Creek, Beach Lake, and Arnica Creek Meadows. September 11, 2022. Hiking & Camping 7
TheMountainRabbit Red's Meadow to Tuolumne Meadows via the High Route (Ansel Adams/Yosemite Wilderness) - August 2022 Backpacking 5
N Gilbert Meadows- High Uintas Trip Planning 0
norwegianxplorer Mt Whitney Virtual Hike via Horseshoe Meadows & Mt Langley, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park Backpacking 1
Yvonne Sentinel and Imperial Meadows, Yellowstone, August 2019 Hiking & Camping 2
P Washburn Meadows, Yellowstone Backpacking 6
P Bechler Meadows, Yellowstone Backpacking 7
NorthwestWanderer Backpacking the Pasayten Wilderness : Harts Pass, PCT, Windy Pass, Buffalo Pass, Foggy Pass, Jim Pass, Hulman Pass & Rock Pass Meadows Backpacking 3
N Turpin Meadows Dayhike Oct 1st? Noobs: Introduce yourself! 0
scatman Plateau Lake and Buffalo Meadows, Yellowstone National Park 7/27 - 7/30 Backpacking 18
Tystevens Henry's Fork -- Red Castle loop from China Meadows Backpacking 2
kimbur96 Davis Meadows for a chilly spring overnighter, Duncan's first ! Backpacking 4
Parma Christmas Meadows Rd Cabins General Discussion 1
scatman Lower and Midway Geyser Basins plus Buffalo Meadows - Yellowstone National Park - June 26, 2016 Backpacking 5
graywolf Christmas Meadows to Ryder Lake Trip Planning 4
Elemental Fluttershy Mount Adams Rec. Area: Wildflowers at Bird Creek Meadows! (Washington) Hiking & Camping 3
scatman Sentinel Meadows / Queen's Laundry - Yellowstone National Park - 8/3/15 Hiking & Camping 3
balzaccom Yosemite XC north from Tuolumne Meadows Backpacking 7
HomerJ Wind Rivers - Worthen Meadows Hiking & Camping 9
DAA Decent camp 2 hours Christmas Meadows? Trip Planning 6
balzaccom Santa's Nice list General Discussion 0
Jackson Walking Along a Nice Creek in the Desert Backpacking 28
Perry Nice Klymit Package on MassDrop Gear 4
K TR: 4/14 - 4/16 Nice Little Valley south of Mammoth Lakes,CA Backpacking 2
IntrepidXJ Nice Weekend General Discussion 13
balzaccom OK--how about the nice list? General Discussion 0
Ndheiner Nice job on Mobile Version Questions, Suggestions & Support 0
MtnMatt Looking for a nice waterfall hike in Little Cottonwood Trip Planning 10

Similar threads