Backpack to Black Lake

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  • Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

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  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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  • RT Distance:

    7 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1500 Feet


Lakeside camping with mountain backdrop. What else needs to be said?!

Begin at Camp Misery (elev. 5,717 ft). This is a total misname by the way! It should be titled Camp On The Way To Awesomeness! Anyway, head .6 miles on Trail 8 to the intersection of trail.

From here turn right on Trail 68 and hike .7 miles until the intersection where you turn right on Trail 7 for your ascent into Jewel Basin. At the next trail junction take the right onto Trail 392 for .4 miles toward Picnic Lakes.

Upon reaching Picnic Lakes, and the next junction, turn left for the descent toward Black Lake. (Turning right will take you to Mt. Aeneas which is an incredible summit!) Take this trail .7 miles to the next junction where you will turn right on Trail 792. Continue your descent until you reach Black Lake sitting at the bottom of Mount Aeneas.

There are 2 main campsites for you to choose. Pass the first (most obvious one) to the more isolated and creek adjacent smaller site for beautiful mountain views and creek waterfall site.  

Pack List

  • Camping gear
  • Bear gear (rope hang or bear can for food and smellables) 
  • Water purification
  • Swim gear
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Bryan Young

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