Black Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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Black, Blue, and Green Lakes in the upper end of Glacier Gorge seem to imply that some unlucky nineteenth-century hiker was badly bruised from slipping on glaciersmoothed bedrock in the gorge before Enos Mills published an area map bearing these names in 1905. To me, Black does not appear noticeably darker than other lakes. Glacier Gorge is colorful far beyond some of its lakes’ names. Watered by Glacier Creek and its tributaries, meadows between Jewel and Black Lakes display abundant wildflowers with a much greater variety of hues than the surfaces of lakes set among spectacular cliffs. Where the trail branches 2.2 miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, the forest seems like a surviving remnant of the devastation of the 1900 forest fire that ravaged much of the area.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Black, Blue, and Green Lakes in the upper end of Glacier Gorge seem to imply that some unlucky nineteenth-century hiker was badly bruised from slipping on glaciersmoothed bedrock in the gorge before Enos Mills published an area map bearing these names in 1905. To me, Black does not appear noticeably darker than other lakes.

Glacier Gorge is colorful far beyond some of its lakes’ names. Watered by Glacier Creek and its tributaries, meadows between Jewel and Black Lakes display abundant wildflowers with a much greater variety of hues than the surfaces of lakes set among
spectacular cliffs. Where the trail branches 2.2 miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, the forest seems like a surviving remnant of the devastation of the 1900 forest fire that ravaged much of the area.

© 2015 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 8 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 9,176 feet
Top Elevation: 10,620 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS McHenrys Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Lake

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