Black Lake Trail

HARD 86 reviews
#25 of 145 trails in

Black Lake Trail is a 10.8 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.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1643 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

no dogs

RMNP has an entrance fee of $20.

10 days ago

need microspikes.. postholing towards the top and gets a little sketchy climbing next to the frozen water near black lake but doable . very pretty . beautiful lakes
check out the frozen water to the South when you get to black lake. follow the footprints so you don't sink in the snow! all the lakes are frozen.. just walk straight across them instead of the trail. started at 9am made it to black lake at 11:30 left at 12:20 arrived at glacier gorge trailhead by 2:30?

This is definitely a difficult trail to do in the snow! Highly recommend you have the proper equipment (snowshoes, crampons, etc). Totally worth it though!

1 month ago

Great hike...a bit of snow and ice between Mills and Black. Bring yak tracks or poles.

1 month ago

Hiked it late October. Ice and snow on the trail. Had to slide down from Black Lake on our butts due to the snow. Everything was gorgeous and breathtaking. A really tremendous hike.

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2 months ago

Beautiful views! Be aware of snow and ice on the trail right now. It can get pretty slippery and difficult towards the end of the trail.

If the parking lot is full at the trailhead, go back about 1/4 of a mile and use the small lot. You can walk up the side of the road and then cut through the trees to get to the trailhead quickly.

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2 months ago

Really nice trail.

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3 months ago

This trail which also goes by Mills and Jewel Lake is beautiful. some of the best lake views in the park.

3 months ago

Really cool, four of my friends and I all climbed up in early June and there was a lot of snow with no discernable path. Still had great views at the top.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Mills Lake (on the way) is fantastic - highly recommended for a short to moderate hike. Black Lake was also beautiful, and the elevation gain to both points was totally manageable; didn't feel too steep. The trail has a lot of downed trees and mud after Mills Lake, but the path has been well cleared.

3 months ago

My first trail. Hiked in July 4 weekend and will definitely do again... with proper gear (hiking boots and trekking poles). Absolutely beautiful!!!

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Did this with my daughter a week ago. Fairly easy trail,a little snow towards the top(no micros necessary). The lake is absolutely beautiful and lots of waterfalls on the way up. Went about halfway towards frozen lake before turning around. Great day, get there early as parking fills up quick. We hit the trail at 6:15am and lot was full