Black Lake Trail

HARD 82 reviews
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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
10.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1797 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.

4 days ago

hiking
12 days 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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22 days ago

1 month ago

Really nice trail.

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1 month ago

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

2 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.

2 months ago

hiking
2 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.

2 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!!!

2 months ago

hiking
2 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

2 months ago

Awesome trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views at every turn. Trail was wet and sloppy especially the closer we got to Black Lake. No need to bring the ice trekkers, but bug spray is a must

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Once you get past Alberta Falls, the traffic really drops off which I really appreciated. We hiked past Mills Lake and then onto Black Lake. Both lakes, rivers, views were incredible. It took us 3.5 hours from Glacier Gorge bus stop to reach Black Lake, enjoyed lunch, then headed down.

The actual trail was easy to keep on the right path. Some places were a little challenging but fun.

We saw a marmot, chipmunks. A lady we past, said she saw 9 elk but we never saw them.