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Black Rock Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,300 Feet (1963.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,505 Feet (469.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,250 Feet (1948.3 Meters)
High Point: 7,755 Feet (2417.4 Meters)
Length: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

The Black Rock Lake Trail leaves its junction with #10W36 and heads northwest through Pettijohn Basin and contours through open stands of pine and fir timber and small meadows to Black Rock Lake. There is good water along the first half of the trail.

Directions from Harrison Gulch Ranger Station: Drive 7 miles west of Harrison Gulch on Highway 36 to the Wildwood Mad River Road (#30). Turn south and continue approximately 10 miles to Pine Root Saddle. At the saddle turn east on the Middle crest Road (29N35) and continue approximately 11 miles. At Stuart Gap junction turn right on 28N62 and continue another 2 miles to the trailhead. From the Stuart Gap Trailhead take trail #10W36 approximately 1 1/4 miles to Pettijohn Basin and junction with #10W34 (Black Rock Lake Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Kenbo (Redding, Ca)
Time of Day: 8:00am
Length of Time: 3 hrs round trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I should of took a camera, my grandson and I were scouting for bow season. Lots of wild flowers, the fish were jumping and butterflys everywhere. A very good view of Black Rock Mtn. behind the lake.
Conditions: The trail is mostly in the shade, the old growth Pine, Cedar, and Fir trees are great.
Water Availability: Pack in 2 liters was plenty, there were horse back riders in the area (trucks at the traihead) I think they were checking on open range stock, we didn't see them but did not want to drink the water.
Recommended Clothing: Shorts, t-shirts and light jackets in the morning, just t-shirts on the way back.
Suggested Accessories: We went light just for a day hike, there are some very nice camping sites around the lake with fire pits, best of all "No TrasH"

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Black Rock Lake Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Black Rock Lake Trail
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Black Rock
ICON Viewing Scenery Yolla Bolla Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Yolla Bolla Ranger District

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