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Black Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (5)

A major east-west vein that runs into the park from the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead.


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8.2

Miles

13.2

KM

Point to Point

10,998' 3,352 m

High

7,780' 2,371 m

Low

3,354' 1,022 m

Up

457' 139 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From its eastern junction with Lumpy Ridge Trail, Black Canyon Trail ascends nearly 4,000 vertical feet over eight miles as it juts northwestward into the park.

The trail starts with a short, gradual descent followed by a nearly continuous ascent over the next six miles. Enjoy the sweeping views of open grasslands and stunning geologic formations as you climb. Black Canyon Trail is punctuated with steeper sections as it passes between various peaks and across saddles.

At its westernmost terminus, Black Canyon Trail intersects the Lawn Lake Trail.

Flora & Fauna

RMNP is a massive park that is mostly characterized by a montane ecosystem. Here are some of the Flora and Fauna that you may encounter along this trail:

Flora: Ponderosa pine, douglas fir, wildflowers, shrubs
Fauna: Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, cougars, butterflies.

For more detailed information regarding the park's diverse ecosystems, click HERE.

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Brian Smith

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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in Estes Park

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Elk near Estes Park CO
Jan 8, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Looking west, northwest toward Mummy Mountain
Jul 22, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Twin Owls, Lumpy Ridge, Rocky Mountain National Park with permission from Richard Ryer
Jan 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
The craggy side of Mummy
Jul 22, 2018 near Estes Park, CO

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Sep 9, 2019
Alex Robertson
Sep 6, 2019
Alex Robertson
Great conditions. Plenty of water in Black Canyon Creek.
May 4, 2019
Rick Ihnat
Hiked to Left Book for rock climbing on The White Whale.
Jan 27, 2019
Greg Collette
Aug 10, 2018
Kendall Beggs
Moderately steep trail through pine forest and the occasional meadow. Not super picturesque, but a relaxing hike nonetheless.