Blue Lakes Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Trail to waterfall Moderata hiking.
Lots of Mountain goats high up on the mountain (bring binoculars!!!) And we saw two moose driving to the trail head.
Great day on the trail and beautiful once you get away from the dam. We saw close to two dozen mountain goats at the start of the trail - incredible. Loved the mining remains further up the trail and tundra beyond that point as well. Quandary Peak towers over the trail. Took us less than 2 hours total.
We went beyond the end of the trail unknowingly - most is a dirt road and only the last ~100 yards is moderate, rest is easy. Lots of good sized mud puddles after rain so consider waterproof shoes. Views of waterfall and up at the Continental Divide!
Loved the scenery all along this hike! We parked at the green/black dot on this map and made the trek to the dam. The road was open for cars to right below the dam, but we chose to hike the road and enjoy the beautiful views. Upon returning to green/black dot parking area, we took the trail from there immediately down to the lower lake. There's a makeshift bridge to cross the water (especially fun for kids) to continue on the the trail along the south side of this lake. Do it! Go all the way to the waterfall. The trail/road had some large puddles, but make your way around them. There are also some nice campsites/picnic areas right along the lake. We didn't see any mountain goats, but were entertained by the marmots & their whistles. Fantastic views - especially with the newly snowcapped peaks!!!
This place is amazing! Tons to explore and beautiful views all around. Not to mention the amazing biodiversity of the area.
Great hike - elevation gain is closer to 700 feet than what is listed on this app. Beware of the mountain goats with their babies - a hiker coming down was charged by a group of goats wanting to protect their babies. Beautiful wildflowers, streams, meadows, waterfalls - this hike has it all.
Could not beat the weather - 65 and sunny. It's a hike up the gravel road to the dam - which is fine since you can always see your destination. I didn't hike too far beyond the fence on the north side of the dam, since I was pretty winded and didn't want to kill myself trying to go up another 500', but it would have been a good time as well. Rocky - definitely wear shoes with good traction.
Do yourself a favor, and hike around the south side of the lake to get to the waterfalls. Great photo ops.
Nice, easy hike up the road to the reservoir at top. I'm not terribly fond of hikes that just take you up a road, however the view was good and it was a good hike to get acclimated to the area.
Perfect hike to make as easy or difficult as you want. You can stay on the trails or venture off to Boulder closer to the waterfalls. Awesome views from the top.
Love this hike for many reasons! It is a great hike for those looking for a somewhat challenging hike but not looking to go a long distance. It has wonderful views: rocky terrain, wild flowers, lakes, waterfalls, you name it! Also, you're almost guaranteed to see wildlife! I've been there three times and each time have seen mountain goats (the babies are the cutest), marmots, American pikas, and chipmunks. Great quick, fun hike!
Didn't complete the hike this year - weather moving in. But we did see mountain goats and other animals. start of hike is somewhat steep with loose rocks.