Mills Lake, Black Lake, Frozen Lake Trail

MODERATE 159 reviews

Mills Lake, Black Lake, Frozen Lake Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2660 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Take Hwy. 36 out of Estes Park to RMNP entrance, then go to Bear Lake Rd. and follow it to Glacier Gorge TH.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Mills Lake 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. We continued on to Frozen Lake after Black, but lost the faint trail at some point. We ended up scrambling up close to The Spearhead, and I think we saw Frozen Lake from afar/above. I believe we went the wrong way after scrambling through the creek crossing. Beautiful area! Would like to go back one day (maybe when the trail is better marked?) and see Frozen Lake up close.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Mills lake is very picturesque. Not too challenging but enjoyable.

hiking
11 days ago

13 days ago

Great hike but wish I took the shuttle instead of parking roadside and hiking an extra 2.75 mikes to trailhead. Cost me time I could've used to beat the storms and get to Black Lake. Mills lakes is lovely but be prepared for mosquito action if you plan to stop for lunch. Fun to "walk the planks"

hiking
13 days ago

We combined a hike to Mills Lake and the Loch on a busy summer Saturday. It was a magical trip up the gorge rimmed by high mountains.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Did Mills Lake. 5.6 miles round trip. It be good.

19 days ago

Fantastic hiking with kids.. we ate lunch at Mills and it was the best..

hiking
20 days ago

Great day hike. Beautiful views. Ice cold lake water.

Great hike for kids. Arrived at lake just before sundown and had the place to ourselves. Beautiful!

Beautiful view at the end, great hike

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

I did on Saturday and it was longer than I thought but the view at black lake was amazing..

hiking
26 days ago

The way up to black lake from Mills is harder than what I thought. A 2 miles trail took me 2 hours but at least it was rewarding! Before reaching Mills lake, there was a awesome view from the unique U shape valley and longs peak, defiantly worth the time!!!

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

First hike of the Rockies. Beautiful views, glacier gorge was amazing, Mills lake was amazing.