Blackstone Bay Vista Trail (USFS)

Distance

6 miles

Difficulty

Difficult

This is a very steep, 6.4-mile round-trip trail that’s mostly unmarked and requires experience with scrambling and climbing over rocks. Your reward for the effort, though, is some very dramatic views of Shotgun Cove and Blackstone Bay.

The trail begins at the end of the Horsetail Falls Trail, where there’s a viewing platform about a mile in. From there, look for a smaller trail that hikers have created through the brush, then follow the rock cairns you’ll see above treeline. Bring along the great map you’ll find on AllTrails.

Plan about 5-6 hours to hike the trail. If you’re looking to go camping, you’ll find some dry, flat areas at the top that are ideal for pitching a tent. July to early September is the ideal time to go.

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 60.772514
Longitude: -148.6769968

In Whittier, follow W. Camp Rd. Take a right on Whittier St. and continue onto Blackstone Rd. Turn right on Shotgun Cove Rd., and another right on Reservoir Rd. Follow that for less than a half-mile and you’ll see a gravel parking area on your left.