D/R/E: 9.8 miles - 1,440 elevation gain
Hiking Distance Is The Total Length Of The Hike
Black Lake is a final jewel along the mystic Glacier Gorge. The trail starts at Glacier Gorge Junction on the road to Bear Lake. Alberta Falls plunges into the creek at a little over half a mile. At two miles, the trail to the Loch branches right, a fabulous destination in itself if you want a shorter round trip (5.5 miles). Bearing left, Mill's Lake follows next, named for Enos Mills, one of the early naturalists that ventured into the area. Take the trail around the lake. You will be treated to beautiful views of Shark's Tooth and the majestic mountains. Climb the steps but also walk along the boardwalks through the meadows full of wildflowerss. The trail then winds through a landscape of dwarf fir until steep walls block the canyon. Here lies Black Lake, 2.8 miles past Mills Lake, with the dark wall of McHenry's peak reflecting in its surface.
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