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Blue Lakes Trail

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Lauren Butterfield wrote a review Sep 2020
Denver, Colorado518 contributions118 helpful votes
What a gorgeous hike - pretty intense elevation but worth it! The parking lot is pretty small so get there early. 3 alpine lakes!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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wgm51 wrote a review Sep 2020
Albuquerque, New Mexico71 contributions36 helpful votes
Beautiful trail that leads to 3 alpine lakes - it is about 3.6 miles from the trail-head and relentlessly uphill for at least the first 2 miles or so. It is not a trail for beginners or those who are not in decent shape but not super-difficult either. The lower lake is stunning - it is the largest and deepest of the 3 and has an amazing deep blue color. It is worth hiking up to the middle lake for the views of the lower lake down below, however be aware the trail is quite steep and rocky in places but not very long. Once you reach the middle lake the trail to the upper lake is much easier. It is over 9 miles round trip if you hike all the way to the upper lake. The road to the trail-head is gravel and can get rough in spots, especially once you pass the boundary to the National Forest - probably best to have an all-wheel drive vehicle with higher clearance but there were a few passenger cars up there - might be kind of tough on the suspension though.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Hopper211 wrote a review Aug 2020
Denver, Colorado200 contributions88 helpful votes
As a seasoned Colorado hiker, I completely understand why this is one of the most popular hikes in Telluride - it's jaw-droppingly beautiful, from the first step to the last. It's also a bit of a burner, so be ready to fire up those glutes. Do yourself a favor and go early, even on weekdays. We had an early start and a wonderful experience, but things were a total zoo when we got back to our car.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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KCnFamily wrote a review Jul 2020
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania16 contributions6 helpful votes
A very popular hike, for good reason. 9 miles gravel road to trailhead, in a small car took almost an hour, but can be done. Plenty of spaces a trailhead despite popularity. 3 miles almost straight up, but doable. Take time to explore entire perimeter of lower lake, including large boulder at end of lake. Half mile hike to upper lake is straight up, which is doable if you take your time. Gives a great view of the surrounding mountains and the color if the lake looks even better. A bonus, if time allows, is a side hike to the water fall flume off to the side if the trail up or down. Seems tiny from trail but more powerful up close and helps make this hike all the better.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Hil311 wrote a review Jul 2020
Winter Springs, Florida75 contributions13 helpful votes
This is one of the most beautiful trails I have been on. It was a six hour hike because we parked at the trailhead for Bridal Veil Falls. It's very rocky and had to cross over some water, my hiking shoes were fine. It was fairly difficult, but I live in Florida where its flat. The views are breathtaking and the mountain wild flowers are in bloom. There are plenty of waterfalls along the way. The lake is just stunning but there are quite a few bugs around the lake. There is also a canoe available to use if you wish. So glad I did this trail.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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