dogs on leash
So fun! It's a decent length to St Marks Summit which is where we stopped and turned back. It was very muddy so bring proper hiking shoes/boots for stability and so you don't wreck your runners. Bug spray is also helpful, especially towards the top. There's some steep inclines and nicer small descents to break things up. I'm excited to try this again later in the season when hopefully it dries out a bit more. Lots of people later in the day so go early to avoid crowds.
Have an afternoon to kill? This is a great trail. Takes almost the same time up or down. I had to do it 3 times to finely have a view other then clouds. This is one of my favourite trails. Not too hard, not too easy. Just hard enough to be happy to sit down when its done.
Its a beautiful hike. We went till Saint Marks summit and then turned back. There is still some snow up there but its totally doable till Saint Marks summit and I would say the view is worth the hike. I ll probably to do the entire trail sometime later in July again after the snow has melted.
Caitlin B. on Black Mountain and Cabin Lake
Very steep start, and not recommended after alot of rain as it gets pretty muddy but the views are spectacular. Recommend finishing up to Eagle Bluffs before heading back down.