Love this trail! Blue lake was gorgeous! I did it today and it was the last day the area was open for this season (if you go after today you can still hike in from the road - I did that this past spring to do lake Isabel- will add about 2-3 miles to the hike though). Recommend this trail for sure. Go early because the trail head fills up if you hit this hike next spring! Add it to your list of places to climb! :-)
Started out at 10:30 a.m. and had to park at Niwot parking lot because there was no parking at Mitchell or Long Lake trailheads. No biggie, just added a little bit (1/3 mile) to our hike. The weather was gorgeous; sunny and a little chilly. We were glad to have a coat, hat and gloves when we arrived at Blue Lake. The trail is icy and snowy, so proper footwear will help. I would have liked Yak Trax and or poles. The other lakes have ice, but Blue Lake is still blue as ever. Seeing the snow on the peaks was a spectacular sight! Moderate is a good rating, but my guests disagreed. They said it was difficult at times.
This hike is worth while but has a few draw backs. The "trail" is almost exclusively a loose rock logging road with only minimal areas of dirt trail. This trail is VERY busy. So much so that there is a shuttle bus for when parking is bad, 2 outhouses, and a friendly ranger writing parking tickets. Lost lake itself is pretty but not the most beautiful of mountain lakes. The changing of the leaves made this hike better than it would have otherwise been, but still worth while.
Great Sunday drive trail. Don't do it alone! Most of the obstacles are easy, and there are bypasses also. This trail would be much harder if it was raining or snowing. Tight areas, you will get some Colorado Pin Stripping. Great spots for large camping or group cookouts. Did this trail on 09-25-16
This was a great hike. One of my favorites so far this year. The scenery is beautiful, we saw several people on the trail later in the morning, but it was quiet early. We did run into several moose in the upper ponds before the lake at the top.
Would recommend a sturdy hiking show because of the rockiness, but I would agree that it is a moderate hike, not hard. It took us about 2.5-3 hours round trip. We did linger to watch the moose for some time.
What an amazing hike. We didn't quite make it to blue lake, we went about three miles. Buy we did see four wild moose. They ended up walking into the brush next to the path and we opted not to get that close and turned around. It was an amazing hike with a bunch of beautiful views.
Gorgeous hike! If you are looking for a quick, dog friendly hike, this is the one for you!
A couple things to note:
*A FEE IS REQUIRED to get to the hike ($10 for a day pass and I believe $90 for the year)
*If you like solitude, come early! I arrived around 7:30am and was the first car there. I had the trail to myself all the way up to blue lake, but I saw at least 15 people on the way down. I got back to the parking lot around 11am and it was packed.
*Be vigilant as to where the trail is when you come near Blue Lake. There was one area quite close the lake that threw me for a moment, but once you get past it, there is a clear path right to the lake.
*Lastly, there are bathrooms at the trailhead, YAY!
Overall, a wonderful and scenic hike!