Black Lake Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
Take Hwy. 36 out of Estes Park to the RMNP entrance, go to Bear Lake Rd., drive it to the Glacier Gorge Th.
Best one yet.
Wanted to go to frozen lake, but lots of snow and ice. Black lake is beautiful, crowds around mills lake and Alberta falls lessened my enjoyment
Nice trail. Tried to get to frozen lake but huge granite slabs and too chicken. Plus in my 50's and didn't want any injuries!! Bummed but safety first. Great trail though
Such a beautiful hike. Labor Day crowds were only bad on our way back around Alberta Falls.
Excellent! Totally worth the walk.
Long trail that was way to crowded until 3 miles in. The trail was steady up and adopting was pretty good. Mills lake is pretty with lots of of people hanging out. But black lake was AMAZING. huge cliffs all around.
Fabulous hike! Well worth the 10 miles!
Visited June 24, 2016. Third time to this lake and still one of my favorite places in the world. Trail was great up to the last 3/4 mile or so, where frequent snow piles made navigation and footing a bit challenging. Only one or two truly tricky spots though. Storms threatened twice but stayed to the north and west. Soooooo worth it.