Blue Lakes Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews

Blue Lakes Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ridgway, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.3 miles 2491 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Highway 62: Take Dallas Creek Road fourteen miles to the Blue Lakes Trailhead.

camping
1 month ago

Fantastic, had the entire place to ourselves besides one couple. Worth hauling a pack up. 10/22/16-10/23/16. Great weather, just a bit windy at night!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view at the end and throughout! Spectacular! Had a horrible time finding trailhead. These directions are wrong. Need to take county road 7 out of Ridgeway and take it for a long time. Also this hike is Blue Lakes, there is a Blues Lake hike right out of telluride so it can be confusing. Once you find it it is a great hike!

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

I started by driving up from Telluride to Bridal Falls by the power plant. Once the road stopped, I hiked up about 3 mi to Blue Lakes -- although, it was starting to get cloudy and cold (on the verge of raining) once I got up there. The trail up was great weather (long sleeves) and moderate, as it's all uphill. The way down I got rained on (and a little hail), but passed after 10 minutes and led to beautiful, sunny weather. It's worth it for the views of Telluride and the wildflowers! The road up though was a bit difficult but steady, controlled driving (and a 4WD SUV) is all you need.

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes (and also one of the harder hikes I've done) thus far! Hiking up to the Blue Lakes Pass is a MUST to see the lower blue lakes from above! Would recommend this hike over and over.

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Pictures don't even do this hike justice! Gorgeous!

camping
3 months ago

Had fun camping here for a night. Wish we had the chance to spend a few nights instead of one. Glad we were prepared for the sudden changes in weather too. Got caught in a thunderstorm where we were pelted with rain and hail. Also, we were awoken by a rock avalanche across the lake around 3am. Made for a fairly restless night.

3 months ago

Absolutely a great trail with everything that is CO hiking. Waterfalls, crystal blue alpine lakes, wild flowers jumping and great views.

hiking
4 months ago

Great

backpacking
4 months ago

6.6 miles in and out to lower lake. Gorgeous views, strenuous uphill hike with a winning finish. First come first serve camping! Large cutthroats in the lake!

hiking
4 months ago

Busy, but very pretty.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent views and prize of a beautiful lake at the end

backpacking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking. Well worth the climb.

4 months ago

This is a must do in SW Colorado. Very popular and crowded though. The trail up to the pass is a bear, but the lakes are easier. Bring proper gear for stream crossings and loose gravelly trail if going above lower lake. Nearby Wilson Creek trail is also nice and less busy.