Black Lake Trail

Vanderpool Crossing, Washington

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Enjoy a gentle hike along a babbling creek to a pretty lake within the sprawling Pasayten Wilderness. Though Black Lake is named for its deep, dark waters, “black” also describes much of the surrounding forest. In 2003 a wildfire seared it, leaving charred stumps and blackened timber in its wake. This hike should be avoided on the hottest of days due to its lack of shade, but it’s quite delightful in late spring when pioneering flowers paint the understory an array of vivid colors. Watch, too, nature regenerate herself as thousands of tenacious saplings restore the forest.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Enjoy a gentle hike along a babbling creek to a pretty lake within the sprawling Pasayten Wilderness. Though Black Lake is named for its deep, dark waters, “black” also describes much of the surrounding forest.

In 2003 a wildfire seared it, leaving charred stumps and blackened timber in its wake. This hike should be avoided on the hottest of days due to its lack of shade, but it’s quite delightful in late spring when pioneering flowers paint the understory an array of vivid colors. Watch, too, nature regenerate herself as thousands of tenacious saplings restore the forest.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vanderpool Crossing
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 780 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: May–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,982 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Coleman Peak No. 20
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/15/2009
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Trail up to Black Lake is quite nice. Area between Black Lake and Faun Lake is still quite ugly from the fire. Was on WTA log-out in the affected region. If you are interested in how reforestation occurs in a burn region this is a very fascinating area- otherwise, don't go here (yet). Period. Trail up to Black Lake from the trailhead is passable to hikers and stock. The area between Black Lake and Faun Lake is passable only to very determined hikers or horsemen willing to lead their rides for most of the trail- the brush is heavy and the erosion damage is quite significant. There are also 3 scree fields which need some very significant work before anyone who is not a master trail horseman should try them.


7/10/2005
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Still closed. Anyone know when they are planning on reopening this trail? Has anyone "hopped the fence" and did it anyway?


7/5/2005
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As of early July 2005, this trail is closed due to wildfire damage from the Thirtymile Fire in the Okanogan National Forest. Rangers in the area informed us that there were crews working on the Black Lake trail and that no visitors were currently permitted on the trail. The same is true for the nearby Crystal Lake trail as well. Not sure about other trails further up the road. We ended up going to Copper Glance Lake for our hike.



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