Blue Lakes Trail
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A challenging and beautiful hiking trail about 10 miles out of town.
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intlwanderlust
Europe899 contributions
Oct 2021
It's a hard hike best started before dawn, even in October. We try to be at the first lake right around sunrise and it makes for great photos. The drive to the lakes, too, offers some great photos opps.
Written October 5, 2021
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KCnFamily
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania16 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
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.
Written July 19, 2020
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flosventure
Arizona147 contributions
Jun 2020
So, a friend of mine went there, I thought her pictures looked amazing and I have to go and the hike was on my way so I figured I'll spend a day there. I'm not a hiker, I went there by myself, and I don't enjoy hiking. I love the views you get and I love taking pictures. For that I came, not for the hike.
The drive to the start of the trail is a gravel road, 13mi and with a bad car, it took me 45min. This will be easier if you have more clearance and a 4x4 and not a car that already falls apart so keep that in mind when you go there. I was told the beginning is a bit rough and yes, I would clearly say that this is not an easy hike and more on the advance side. It's not just you walk there and you're there, this is a serious hike! Once you hit the first lake, the views are just amazing! There's another one, the middle one, and a third one, the upper one. I decided to go see all and again, the part to the middle one is very rough. It's a serious hike once more. The middle one is not as beautiful as the first one, it's just a lake with fish but it's above the treeline (-> windy!). I had lunch there because there were barely people and it was just quiet and nice and I really enjoyed it. Again, it's not super beautiful but I really like it. Then, to the last one, it's a comparably easy way to get there but again the lower one is the most beautiful place. If I was gonna go again, I'd go see the lower one and then climb a little towards the middle one because that way, you get to see the lower one from above and that is a view that is SO worth it! Note the total hike is about 8mi round trip and 2500ft up and obviously down again as well.
Written July 1, 2020
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Hil311
Winter Springs, FL83 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
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.
Written July 6, 2020
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Summerh15
Tuscola, TX25 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
First let me start by saying, this hike is somewhat of a challenge, but it’s worth the effort! We hiked all the way up to the 3rd lake and every one was just as breathtaking as the other. Such an amazing reward! This is one you don’t want to miss. The first half of the trail is where you gain most of the elevation. There is some climbing involved as well. We would do it again, for sure!
Written June 26, 2020
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Hopper211
Denver, CO225 contributions
Aug 2020
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.
Written August 5, 2020
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DarkLark15
Austin, TX189 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We are mostly sedentary, 45-50 years old, unhealthy, and live at about 700 ft elevation. It took us 8 hours to lower blue lake and back. We struggled the whole way. We decided it was worth it; however, Ice Lakes in Silverton seemed easier, had more amazing views, and was overall more rewarding as in two lakes for the price of one. We never made it to upper blue lake because it was much further and steeper, and there was a thunderstorm. We had lightening, rain, & pea sized hail the whole way back to the parking lot, but we never felt unsafe. I didn’t think any of the trail was treacherous. We didn’t see wildlife or many wildflowers. There weren’t many places to use the bathroom (steep slopes, lots of people, etc). You could wear tennis shoes, but the dirt trail was slippery in some places. Trekking poles were helpful.
Finding the trail head was easy. There was plenty of parking and a restroom in the parking lot. The trail is obvious although not marked except in the beginning. There are tons of people that hike it at all hours. Tips: bring water, snacks, rain gear, trekking poles, a light. Also, travel light. In conclusion, we handled ice lakes trail much better probably due to having adjusted to the altitude, using oxygen canisters, inhalers, and traveling with lighter bags. I believe Blue Lake trail is hard.
Written August 9, 2019
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Gregs_out_West
Salt Lake City, UT89 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
After reading all the great reviews on this site and others I was expecting a lot more. Quite frankly, I don't understand the hype at all. I rate hikes based on whether the effort you put into them (length, elevation change, etc) are worth the scenery. This hike fails on every level.
First of all, as you're driving around the area....and even on the way to the trailhead....you're surrounded by gorgeous montain scenery. So why on God's green earth would you want to take a hike like this one that spends 90% of the time walking through a forest with no views of the gorgeous scenery around you? It's like going to see a movie and sitting backwards in your seat.
The hike is tough...and even tougher if you go in mid/late June when there's still snow on the ground. But even without the aggravation of the snow, this hike still wouldn't be worth it. I hiked to the lower blue "lake" (it's more like a pond) and had seen enough. If you want to see a better looking mountain pond, go visit Rocky Mountain National Park. The trails are better. Actually, here's a better idea....go visit Crested Butte. All the hikes there are better.
If you want to aggravate yourself and have time to kill, do this hike. If not, look elsewhere.
Written July 1, 2017
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jrog9832
Arvada, CO457 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
This one had been on my list for years and we finally made it! We were not disappointed! The lower lake is by far the most beautiful lake and largest but the views come when you climb to the middle and upper lakes. Mt Sneffels and the surrounding peaks are a sight to see. We went in July so the wildflowers were incredible. This hike can be done by all ages and abilities to the lower lake especially but because of that you will not be alone. We were originally going to backpack this trail but when we arrived to countless tents around the lower lake we were glad we didn't. Literally the most I have seen at a backpacking destination. No matter what this is a truly beautiful place and is most definitely worth checking out!
Written August 8, 2018
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aerofaze
Colorado Springs, Colorado565 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
It’s difficult for me to write reviews for outdoor or sight-seeing destinations, especially those that take some effort to get there. Each place is its own adventure for each hiker, and the effort exerted by each visitor will take on different meanings.
Therefore, I’ll just state facts.

We did this as a nice backpacking trip during prime wildflower season. All 3 lakes are doable in a day, but we were driving in from afar and wanted to spend 2 nights there to relax and enjoy. Easy drive on a well-kept dirt road (a 2WD can definitely make it in the summer). Our first impression is that it was VERY popular that Saturday morning at the trailhead parking. There is a pit toilet available, but I don’t think the Forest Service staffs it very often as there was no toilet paper; this was further confirmed when we saw that the trail register had been filled to the brim from a month prior.

The first 3 moderate miles get you to the lowest lake. With our heavy packs, the hike to the lowest lake felt harder than it could have been as it was steep in some areas. This lower lake’s coloring is the prettiest of all three of them, and there are some nice established campsites in the trees. Surprisingly, given that the parking lot was crowded, there were plenty of available sites to choose from. There are plenty of delightful waterfalls and streams feeding the lake, so we hung out and explored here for the rest of the day. We did see some people fishing.

The next morning, we awoke early with the goal of hitting Blue Lakes Pass. The trail is easy to follow and I was surprised that we actually made pretty good time bypassing both the next two lakes (there were a few tents up here, but keep in mind it’s all exposed) and reaching the pass summit. GORGEOUS. On the way down we had plenty of time to enjoy the mountainous, flowery scenery at both the upper lakes before heading back to camp.

My biggest disappointment was in the people whose dogs were off-leash. It’s not so much that they would run up to strangers to greet them that bothers me, it was that these dogs ran amok on the delicate alpine tundra and tearing through the wildflowers. I like dogs, but I really don’t like irresponsible and ignorant owners. Sure, there’s a lot of open space that appears inviting to allow your pets to run loose, but it doesn’t mean this alpine ecosystem and declining populations of pika can handle your trampling canines. The owners didn’t always have their eyes on their pets, so a few defecated wherever they pleased. Sorry, but dog poop is NOT friendly to this environment! Please leash your dogs - it's the Forest Service's rule!
Written August 4, 2015
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