Black Joe Lake Trail is a 17.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 17.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,938 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly



horseback riding

nature trips


bird watching





From Pinedale, drive south on Hwy 191. At Boulder, turn left on Hwy 353 and drive 18 miles to the end of the pavement. Shorty after the pavement ends, go straight through the junction, and drive south crossing the Big Sandy River (Buckskin Crossing). At next junction, turn left (east) and drive 7 miles. Turn left at the following jct and follow the main road to the Big Sandy Campground and trailhead. This trailhead is remote, so be sure to have a full tank of gas.

Tue Aug 20 2013

Good trail to a beautiful lake with amazing views. Went past the end of the trail along the side of the Lake. Wished I could have gone into the upper basin above the lake. Be sure to take a side trail to a saddle a little below the lake for a great view of Haystack and Temple peaks.