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.
Take Hwy. 36 out of Estes Park to RMNP entrance, then go to Bear Lake Rd. and follow it to Glacier Gorge TH.
My girlfriend and I had a great time on this hike. The views were wonderful and getting to the lake was just great. Pretty crowded as the day pushed in but if you start early like we did you avoid paying for parking and you get some alone time on the trail.
Lots of people the first mile and then it thins way out. Lake is beautiful even in the rain and wind.
this was an amazing hike it took us 6 1/2 to get to Black Lake bring your yak tracks because it is very icy as you get closer to the second Lake what a beautiful hike hardly took any breaks so expect almost a full day of it so worth it
Beautiful lake, Jewel Lake is next to Mills but much smaller. Views from both are incredible. We took trail from Bear lake to Dream and went up to Haiyaha then on to Mills. Uphill to haihaya but down hill from there to the junction. It's a decent climb up to Mills from the fork.
We hiked Mills Lake in Late September and have nothing but great things to say about this hike (we did not continue to Black Lake or Frozen Lake). Mills Lake is moderately difficult but rewards you greatly in the end with a sublime view left left us speechless. The way the trees reflect off the water is amazing. We also did Emerald Lake on our trip to RMNP and would say that the view here is superior. This epitomizes what you come to RMNP to see!
Wonderful hike. Very picturesque and once you get to the fork in the road and head to Mills, it gets much less crowded. Saw very little snow and the lake was ice free.. Beautiful day but quite windy.
My brother an I hiked this trail on 10/14. We started off around 9:40 am from Bear Lake parking lot because the Glacier Gorge trailhead lot was full. We arrived back to the car at 5:00pm. It was a little windy that day but the hike was much more picturesque than the scenery we're used to in Cleveland. We put microspikes on about 1/4 of a mile from Black Lake and wore them for the remainder of the hike.
After Black Lake the trail becomes much less visible (the snow cover doesn't help) and we were unfortunately never able to find Frozen Lake after an additional 45 minutes to an hour of hiking. We ended up running into a solo hiker (not recommended up there) who also was having the same issue. Looking back on Google maps afterwards it looks like we might have veered too much to the right climbing up and the terrain. In this time we also saw a decent sized paw print in the fresh snow (3-4 days) that appeared to be that of a bobcat or mountain lion. Aside from that, we saw some chipmunks, trout, and elk when we were driving out.
Great hike with amazing views. When you get to black lake, hike a little further and you'll get an amazing view of the basin. Definitely not for a novice in terms of length and terrain.
Amazing. The first snow of the year was melting as we climbed. The left ridge was glistening so brightly it was difficult to gaze for long. Wildlife included birds, trout, blue grouse and moose in one trip.