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On the Trail: Black Diamond Trail

Carie Birkmeier

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By Ciara Wolfe BSCO Executive Director

The Black Diamond Trail is the perfect distance and terrain to get your heart rate pumping if you don’t have much time to spare. This trail provides a nice climb into the trees right off the bat, levels off for a short distance, and winds through the forest again on the descent. Once you have reached the end of the trail, you can turn around and travel the same terrain or continue onto Little Willow Way for a ¾-mile cool down on flat terrain.

The trail weaves through Big Sky’s 18-hole Frisbee golf course with several spur paths to each hole. Make sure to follow the signs and stay on the well-established dirt trail. Black Diamond is best for intermediate-level hikers or runners and an excellent place to bring four-legged friends for exercise or buddies for a round of Frisbee golf.

For more information about Big Sky’s parks, trails and recreation programs, visit bscomt.org. The Big Sky Community Organization is a local nonprofit that connects people to recreational opportunities by acquiring, promoting and preserving sustainable places and programs for all.

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Distance: 1.6 miles round trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Surface: Dirt
Uses: Hike, run
Directions: From Meadow Village, head north on Little Coyote Road and drive past the Big Sky Chapel and pond. Turn into the first road on your right and look for the Big Sky Community Park entrance sign. Park near the skate park and yurt at the east end of the park. The trailhead starts directly behind the yurt.

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