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Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Trail System

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Flathead National Forest, Swan Lake Island Unit, Swan Lake Ranger District, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, Black Tail

Last Known StatusOpen

Designed mainly for 4x4s, this trail system is open to all vehicle types. The trail system offers a nice mix of gravel roads, hardpack, and soft soil with occasional chunk rock plus light to moderate elevation changes. Scattered obstacles have been added throughout the trail system for those looking for an additional challenge (bypass segments have been added for beginners).

The trail system has three designated staging areas. There is no fee charged for parking or camping but space is limited. Wild Bill Trailhead has a little more turnaround room for those with trailers.

The area offers great mountain views and scenic vistas of the surrounding lakes. The trails are open year-round but the best time to visit is during the fall months.

The Skyliners 4WD Club has been actively maintaining these trails since the 70's, so be sure to tell them thanks for all their hard work.

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Permit RequiredYesMontana OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoA non-resident temporary registration sticker is required. (As of March 2020, Montana no longer honors stickers from any other states.)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size42,000 acres (66 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail23
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3500 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Exxon (406) 857-2344
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Exxon (406) 857-2344
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Edgewater RV Resort and Motel (406) 844-3644 or (800) 424-3798
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (E)Edgewater RV Resort and Motel (406) 844-3644 or (800) 424-3798
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (E)Edgewater RV Resort and Motel (406) 844-3644 or (800) 424-3798
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (N)Lake Mary Ronan State Park (406) 849-5082
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Exxon (406) 857-2344




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityLakeside, MT
AddressBlacktail Road, Kila, MT 59920
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Lakeside, MT
For The Blacktail Trailhead:
1) Take Blacktail Road West about 12 miles
2) Staging area is on the left.

For The Wild Bill Trailhead:
3) From Hwy 2 turn south on Kila Road, continue 1.8 miles
4) Turn left (south-east) on Smith Lake Road, continue .2 miles
5) Turn right (south) on Browns Mountain Road, continue 1 mile
6) Turn left (south-east) on Truman Creek Road, continue 2.3 miles
7) After pavement ends turn right on Wild Bill Road, continue 2.7 miles
8) Turn left (east) on a seemingly private driveway, continue .1 miles
9) Trailhead is on the right (south).


Contact InfoFlathead National Forest - Supervisor's Office
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 758-5208
Contact InfoSkyliners 4 Wheel Drive Club
Contact InfoMontana Fish, Wildlife And Parks
1420 East 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59620-0701
(406) 444-2950
CommentMontana OHV Permit Info


Blacktail Wild Bill Trail Photo

Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Trail System

Photo Submitted 12/1/2013 (Thanks!)

Blacktail Wild Bill Trail Photo

Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Trail System

Photo Submitted 12/1/2013 (Thanks!)

Blacktail Wild Bill Trail Photo

Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Trail System

Photo Submitted 10/14/2018 (Thanks!)

Blacktail Wild Bill Trail Photo

Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Trail System

Photo Submitted 12/1/2013 (Thanks!)

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