Black Lake


7.9 miles  550' elevation gain

best season: 

2:05 drive

dogs welcome

This loop hike passes through intimate forest, and past numerous small lakes.  There are a couple hills with switchbacks--just enough to keep it interesting--but overall just gentle rolling terrain.

It makes for a excellent medium length foray in to the Caribou Wilderness, suitable for beginning and experienced hikers alike.

There is a nice campsite at Black Lake. Also a little ways off the main loop trail are excellent campsites at Turnaround and Emerald Lakes.

This hike is in Caribou Wilderness; owned by the public, managed by Lassen National Forest. Backpacking welcomed; campfires welcomed.

current weather forecast
Note:  sometimes in October the overnight low is 10 degrees colder than the official forecast

Street View of trailhead

Maps  (Aug 2017 edition)

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