Black Lake Trail #1600

The Black Lake Trail (#1600 and #1600A) begins at the parking area near the Anthony Lake Boat Launch and ends at Black Lake. The trails travels through subalpine forests and near wet meadows and small lakes. Beautiful views of Gunsight Peak and other craggy peaks are seen often during the hike.

The trail is composed of three trail segments. The first segment (trail #1600) goes from the Anthony Lakes Boat Launch passes along Lilypad Lake to the Elkhorn Crest National Recreation Trail #1611. Lilypad Lake is a shallow lake covered with yellow water lily blossoms all summer. The trail crosses wet meadows before reaching the Elkhorn Crest National Recreation Trail (#1611).

The next segment merges for several hundred feet with the Elkhorn Crest National Recreation Trail before turning off towards Black Lake. The Black Lake Spur Trail (#1600A) climbs along the Black Lake outlet creek to the lake. The Elkhorn Crest Trail passes within 100 yards of the eastern shore of the lake. There are several campsites scattered around the lake and the fishing is good.  The total trail is 1.2 miles.

Difficulty level: The lower part of the trail is rated 'easy' while the upper segment is rated 'more difficult'.

Black Lake Trail overview and map (374 KB)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Fees: 2013- A day-use fee of $4.00/vehicle is needed for parking at Anthony Lake Boat Launch site near the trailhead. For Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access pass holders the day-use fee is $2.00/vehicle. Fee drop boxes are located near the entrance to the day-use area by the information board. No fees are required to use the trail if you do not use the Anthony Lake Campground or day-use facilities. 
Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. The Recreation Site Concessionaire also has rules of use posted for the Anthony Lake Campground and day-use facilities. The trail is closed year-round to all motorized use.
Closest Towns: Baker City (35 miles) and La Grande (45 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: At Anthony Lake Boat Launch
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


Access for the trail is from the Anthony Lake Campground or Anthony Lake Boat Launch (See these sites for directions)).


Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

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  Area/Length : 
1.2 miles

  Elevation : 
7140 feet - 7350 feet