Black Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,354' 1,022 m
Descent: -457' -139 m
High: 10,998' 3,352 m
Low: 7,780' 2,371 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A major east-west vein that runs into the park from the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead.”— Brian Smith
Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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: 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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Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park