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    Black Canyon Creek Trail

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    10.1 km
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    358 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Black Canyon Creek Trail is a beautiful multi-use trail that begins along the Fish Lake Trail, a popular location for many activities like fishing, swimming, hiking, and biking. This is a great trail to take if you stay at the Fish Lake Campground and want to explore the area and discover all the stunning scenery it offers.

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    Route Description for Black Canyon Creek Trail

    From the Fish Lake Campground day-use area, join the Fish Lake Trail along the shores of the lake. You’ll want to hike towards Frontier Lodge in a clockwise direction. After 1.6 km, you’ll reach a junction that continues around the lake or joins the Black Canyon Creek Trail to the left. Stay left here for 400 m, where you will come to another junction with the Black Canyon Creek Loop. Take the trail to the left to start the loop, hiking in a clockwise direction. The two left trails will take you to the same place—one simply takes longer, and the other is more direct.

    In roughly 2.0 km, you’ll find a trail leading off to the left at a creek. This is Black Canyon Creek, and the trail leads up the creek from here. You can take this short out-and-back detour to explore the beautiful creek before rejoining the main loop. Complete the rest of the loop and head back to the parking area along the Fish Lake Trail. If you would like to extend your trip, you can complete the rest of the Fish Lake Trail instead of simply returning the way you came.

    Getting to the Black Canyon Creek Trail Trailhead

    From Nordegg, travel eastbound along Highway 11 for 4.5 km before turning left onto Range Road 155 for Fish Lake Campground. Travel 1.8 km along this road before reaching the campground, where you will park at the far end, at the Fish Lake/Shunda Lake day-use area.

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