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hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike and definitely not one to miss when visiting the area. That said, the trail is actually *6.3 MILES* not 4.7. It was at least a moderate trail with some parts relatively strenuous, so if you plan on doing the full trial you need to be in good shape. We hiked the full trail in 3.5 hours. Make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen as it gets hot!

You pass several waterfalls, caves, through forests, and on cliff edges! If you only do one hike, so this one. You also see Baby Bath Tub and Cascade Falls from this hike so you essentially see everything, including the adorable town itself!

Be aware at at the end you walk through a small neighborhood and then through an RV camping/trailer park section but it’s not long before your back to the visitors center. Have fun!

hiking
2 days ago

One of the most amazing places I have been!
Hiked this trail on 7/8. Directions took us up West Dallas Creek and we could not access because it was private property. Make sure to use Dallas Creek road and it is easy to get to from there! The first mile/mile and a half is steep, but the rest of the hike is moderate. Get there earlier because it can get hot hiking up to the lake and also serious thunderstorms roll in around 3pm. Saw some people with one bottle of water... its a moderate/hard hike so make sure you bring plenty of water.
The views are SO worth the hike. The third lake is difficult to get to b/c it is a climb, but it is more secluded and absolutely gorgeous. Sat there and watched people summiting Sneffels and climbing the pass. One of the most amazing places I have been!!

hiking
3 days ago

Gorgeous views and waterfall with a trailhead right in town. Lots of people and dogs.

nice hike. went down into the lower gorge around the bridges and back out. good stretches of shade and sun. some parts a little tough but mostly easy going. went with a 4 and 7 year old who were capable for this.

What an awesome trail so close to town. Has it all. Great views, changing terrain. Excellent markings. Added a new section up Oak Creek and back down Old Twin Peaks that is not in the AllTrails map.

This trail was amazing!! The views were amazing and so was the famous Cascade Falls that you can walk behind. Turkey great hike, but be prepared.

walking
5 days ago

Easy trail. Stunning waterfall at the end.

hiking
5 days ago

Did this hike on a Sunday 7/1/18. The most beautiful hike I have ever done! Also one of the hardest. There are 3 lakes in total. The first lake is the easiest to get to and is beautiful in its own right. The middle and upper lake are up a more secluded trail that is to the left of the lower lake. They are stunning. This is when the trail got pretty difficult for me because it was basically straight uphill. But man was it worth it to see the upper lakes! Hiking to all 3 lakes is closer to 8.5 miles total. We got to the trailhead by 8am and had the trail up to ourselves. The way down was super packed though and super hot. Definitely go early and try to make it to the upper lakes if you can!

hiking
5 days ago

So gorgeous and not too difficult. Left a bit late and was hit by a thunderstorm around 2pm. Bring a rain jacket if there's any possibility of rain.

hiking
6 days ago

Hike is beautiful and very family friendly!

An interesting and beautiful trail with a rewarding sudden view of the lower Blue Lake. There are places to camp and cook. The upper two lakes are worth the effort, but harder to get to. A 'don't miss' hike.

hiking
7 days ago

The Blue Lake is well worth the 3 mile hike. The water is stunning and truly an amazing sight. I would definitely hike again and hopefully go farther onto Blue Lake Pass.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful hike! Definitely challenging though, especially in the first mile. It’s probably harder if you’re not acclimated too (like me). However, the views were soooo worth it!! Wildflowers were in full bloom and we watched the fish in the Blue Lake for about an hour after deciding to go down. We hiked it up in about 1hr 45min and back down in 1 hour (we didn’t continue onto Blue Lakes Pass). Lots of people on the trail this time of year. Would definitely do it again.

My husband took the Jeep up, no problem and I hiked to the lake with the dog. Easy hike, gorgeous views

A beautiful hike, but they are going to get people in bad situations if they don't update the description! It is definitely a MODERATE trail at least. A LOT of uphill... not climbing, but uphill.

And, the 4.7 miles listed is WAY off!! We ended up backtracking a big due to some confusion after leaving the visitor center (hint... a good portion of the first mile or so is a road! Get a map at the visitor center). We completely blew off the last half of the trail east of Hwy 550, cut down the Hwy and through town, and still finished at 6.5 miles for this 4.7 mile trail.

Beautiful views and I'm glad we went counter clockwise from the visitor center b/c that got us to the falls, but we were very disappointed to hit 5 miles and realize we were barely 1/2 way done, if even that.

Second time I’ve done this hike. Super short and kid friendly! It’s an easy and short little hike with an amazing waterfall! Lots of people when I went (Fourth of July week) because of the holiday. Overall, very fun, quick & easy!!

Fun for the whole family. Going to the bottom of the falls is well worth the money. The top of the falls provides a great view with a simple walk up the rocks.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike! The last mile is the steepest part of the hike and the reward at the top is a bit of heaven on earth

Great hike but does NOT allow dogs.

AllTrails should change the description

hiking
9 days ago

Stunning views the whole way! Everything was beautiful - colorful wild flowers, scenic vistas & aspen groves. Would definitely hike again.

Great family trail around Ouray, but gotta be careful on a few parts. Parked at Cascade Falls. Walked around clockwise, to the Baby Bathtubs, down and around to Box Canyon Falls. Then back through town to the Ouray Brewery for lunch. Garmin showed about 5.1 miles for all that. Carried a 2 yo in a pack. 7yo walked. Good signage.

This is a great trail with beautiful views. You can get right up to the base of the waterfall!

backpacking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike. It's actually an added 1.5 miles one way to get to the upper lakes. This hike is very strenuous, be prepared for steep inclines and some slippery loose rocks.

hiking
9 days ago

Did this AFTER blue lake so we were already pretty dang sore. Plus the end is not a gorgeous lake...it is a beautiful valley but still not the same. Not as many people so it’s worth it

hiking
9 days ago

Truly a breathtaking hike!! It was a rough climb up but the lake is a dream.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful! Hiked today (7/6/18) and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Absolutely gorgeous being in the basin with three waterfalls, flowers, and looking up at Sneffels. Same trailhead as blue lakes, which was absolutely packed. There were two pages filled up with people going to blue lakes. Only about 6 groups for Blaine Basin. It was super quiet for the most part. Definitely would hike this one again.

off road driving
10 days ago

Drove to the trailhead in mostly stock 02 Dodge Dakota QC Shortbed. Took a ding or two to the undercarriage, but I was rushing. No problem if you’re more patient than me.

Must do hike. So far our favorite scenic hike we have done second to Hawaii! The turquoise color is AMAZING! Only went to first lake . From our car to first lake and back was 7.2 miles. Total time was 3 hours 45 min.
We did take several quick rest stops. All the way up was stunning . So worth the climb!

hiking
12 days ago

Breathtaking!

Poles were helpful on the switchbacks on the way up and back down.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike! The payoff towards the end is worth the effort!

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