Black Lake

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Black Lake

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
8 hours
9,176 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,620 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
Local Contacts
USGS McHenrys Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Local Maps

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Dec 2018