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dino61111Early season hike


It is true this peak is a very pleasant, early or late season hike; not to mention the top rope practice walls at it's northwest end. For a Jacksonite, this is a fine, short jaunt.
Posted Jan 18, 2015 6:04 pm

David MortensenBlacktail Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2014

David Mortensen

I hiked this with my wife and parents (who turned back before the summit) over Memorial Day weekend. My wife and I enjoyed some great views of the Teton Range. The mountains appeared much larger from the top of the butte than they did from the road. There was quite a bit of snow on the trail. It was a pleasant hike of about 4 miles rt from the northwest trailhead.
Posted May 25, 2014 10:30 pm

Larry LavertyScramble from the Northwest Corner  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2008

Larry Laverty

I've made a pilgrimage to this spot just about every year of my adult life, especially to the top of the little subpeak at the northwest corner. For years, the world drove right by Blacktail Butte while they were gawking at the range. For years, the only signs of life I'd see were elk droppings. But the world's discovered that nice little wall to workout on at the northwest corner, a trail's been built, and a parking area paved. No matter where else I explore in the area, the first place I head to is Blacktail Butte.
Posted Apr 8, 2013 12:46 am

DeanNice surprise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2012


My wife and I camped at the nearby campground and this fit in perfectly for something to do. The fact that it had over 1000 feet of prominence made it worthwhile. The view of the Grand would've been grand but clouds blocked the upper mountain area.
Thanks to Eric Willhite for the map that I used.
Posted Jul 17, 2012 7:01 pm

shanahan96afternoon delight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2011


hiked blacktail butte in late afternoon after arriving in the tetons. the views of the high teton peaks are first rate from this slightly elevated vantage point!

Posted Jun 17, 2011 8:23 pm

musicman82Hot afternoon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2010


Hot afternoon hike with Tim Worth after climbing Taylor Mountain that morning.
Posted Feb 26, 2011 4:33 pm

ericwillhiteGood Snowshoe  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2011


Lot's of people sure get up early hoping to see wildlife. I was the only one willing to get out of their car on a freezing, snowstorm, viewless day. Didn't see anything but made a summit. Map and pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/climbing/jackson_hole/blacktail_butte_007.htm
Posted Feb 21, 2011 8:38 pm

wyopeakMikebull elk  Sucess!


Of all of the times I have spent on the top of Blacktail, I always remember one moment the most. One of the first times I was up there it was in the middle of winter in the middle of a storm and I had snowshoed up from the park road to the west. When I finally got to the real highpoint in the deep forest, a large bull elk came walking up pretty close before it noticed me. It was one of those quiet moments of awe in the mountains that makes it all worthwhile.
Posted Nov 3, 2010 7:47 pm

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