Black Lake


7.9 miles  550' elevation gain

best season: 

2:05 drive

dogs welcome

lightly burned in Dixie Fire 2021.  campsites in good shape, except Emerald Lake burned badly.  See Triangle Lake semiloop hike for updated map and many additional campsites

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.

No Wilderness Permits needed, a California Campfire Permit is required for campfires or gas stoves.

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)

Avenza version

Adobe PDF version

KML track of hike