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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Forever my favorite hike

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SnowshoeingIcyOff trailSnow

Made it to Blue Lake on 1/31 on a nice, sunny day. Hike was just short of 13 miles (from the winter trailhead) and took us 6 hours, 40 minutes. Just like the previous reviewer, we also broke trail past Mitchell Lake. We had hoped to follow in their tracks/trench, but we couldn’t find ANY trace that anyone had made it to Blue Lake. The wind at Mitchell Lake and beyond is so intense that it clears away any and all tracks. Not only that, the wind whips the snow up into gigantic hills! We hiked over the frozen Mitchell Lake and we had the most difficult time trying to locate the trail after that and thought we were just off track, but even when we were standing right on top of the trail (according to Gaia GPS), it still didn’t seem like it was the trail. The snow was just piled up so steep in places where the trail should have been and there were trees galore. It’s too bad there aren’t trail markers on this hike because it’s so easy to get lost. We ended up zigzagging around a ton to try to avoid climbing up and down the snowy drifts. We almost gave up because the trail was so impossible to find but we continued on in the general direction and finally made it to the lake. Also made the extra trek across Blue Lake to the icy waterfall on the other side. Pretty cool!!! But super windy at the lake. We never ran into anyone else between Mitchell Lake and Blue Lake. If just hiking to Mitchell Lake, you can currently get away with just hiking shoes and no micro spikes / snowshoes because the trail is so packed from the many trail users. The trail actually has a really reasonable elevation gain, even if you’re breaking trail; the trail finding is the most frustrating part.

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SnowshoeingSnow

Made it all the way to Blue Lake on Jan 23rd. Road/trail was mostly packed up to Mitchell. Beyond Mitchell we broke trail the entire way. Completely exhausted as I sit here writing this. Hopefully someone can get out there soon and use our trench before it disappears. I’d still bring snowshoes, between the wind and the snow that was coming down, you’ll need them even with our trench. Plan for a looooong day... 12 miles ish from the winter TH. Took us 7 hrs.

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HikingGreat!

On 1-11-20 Attempted to hike to Blue Lake. The trail was hard packed to Mitchell Lake. Put on snow shoes at the lake and continued on the trail till about 1/4 mile short of Blue Lake. Had to turn back due to time and I lost the trail and the app wasn't picking up my location on the trail. All and all it was an amazing hike.

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Claudia Pohl reviewed Blue Lake via Mitchell Lake Trail
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Completed 12/6. Had to start from winter parking lot, which adds a total of at least 10 km (6+ mi). Trail from Mitchell Lake TH was initially fairly packed. I used 6-point pseudo crampons until I left the trail to cut off a bend the trail makes and when I started using showshoes. Had to take them off when I reached the top and until I reached the lake due to rocks, boulders, shrubs. I chose to follow the Alltrails trail going down (I had to break trail) and found that the tracks had stopped about a mile below the lake. Definitely recommend snowshoes to anyone wanting to reach the lake.

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Claudia Pohl reviewed Blue Lake via Mitchell Lake Trail
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HikingClosed

Sure it would’ve been great, but I came up the road leading to the TH only to see that they’ve closed the entire forest because of the wildfires. Hopefully it reopens soon!

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(Hiked on 10/10) Had to park 3.5 miles away and hike to the trailhead, added extra mileage but this is one of my favorite hikes! Ended up being ~13 miles total. Gorgeous paths through the pine trees, beautiful mountain lake at the top

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HikingClosedIcy

the road to the trail head is now closed for season so expect to add 3 more miles onto your path.

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Brittany Callahan reviewed Blue Lake via Mitchell Lake Trail
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HikingFeeGreat!IcySnow

Great hike. Very scenic throughout and very much on the easier side of moderate. Got to the fee area around 9 am on Saturday 10/17 and there was only one car ahead of us, with plenty of parking at the trailhead. Saw signage saying the gate to the area would close today (10/18). Also, believe the new fire near Boulder has left the area in an evacuation zone. :( Please keep looking for the lost dog in the area! Poor baby.

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HikingIcyMuddySnow

10/13:. Arrived at 8:15am. Sign said lots full but station wasn't manned. Drove on through and lots were basically empty. Trail was snowy and icy in the trees. Muddy when in the sun. Very few people, all were very friendly and masks were worn. Was a very pretty hike with all the snow.

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Mike Mazzoleni reviewed Blue Lake via Mitchell Lake Trail
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Jameson Soderberg reviewed Blue Lake via Mitchell Lake Trail
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Excellent, getting to littleblue is a bit of a scramble, just have to follow the rocks stacked up. Unfortunately I don’t know the fancy term for the rock pile trail markers.

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Sam Farrington reviewed Blue Lake via Mitchell Lake Trail
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Trail was icy below tree line. Micro-spikes were nice to have. Beautiful lake!

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Ling TeBockhorst reviewed Blue Lake via Mitchell Lake Trail
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*LOST DOG* If you’re planning to hit this trail in the coming days (weeks) please keep an eye out for a dog that got separated from his people while scrambling just past blue lake. Medium mixed breed, blond with some orange. Golden retriever mix. About 42 lbs. goes by Sander. Green collar with id tag. Please contact Brandy with Boulder Animal Control (303) 859-2543 if you come across him. Or if you manage to get him call number on tag. Thank you!

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*LOST DOG* If you’re planning to hit this trail in the coming days (weeks) please keep an eye out for a dog that got separated from his people while scrambling just past blue lake. Medium mixed breed, blond with some orange. Golden retriever mix. About 42 lbs. goes by Sander. Green collar with id tag. Please contact Brandy with Boulder Animal Control (303) 859-2543 if you come across him. Or if you manage to get him call number on tag. Thank you!

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HikingGreat!Rocky

Hiked on Sat 10/10. Perfect day with warming sunny weather and very little wind. Got to entry at 7:15 and got in; however no parking left at Mitchell Lake TH-already filled up an hour before according to the gate attendant. Parked at Brainard Lake parking area, then walked to the TH which was about another mile away. Trail to Mitchell Lake is easy, after that next two miles to Big Blue lake is steeper and rocky and gains elevation rapidly. Last mile is in open area with rock cliffs and mountains. Several lakes and ponds on the way adds to the view. Scenery at the lake is stunning, spent an hour there enjoying it. From where we parked about 8 miles RT and 5.5 hours. Definitely one of the most beautiful hikes in my experience. Lot of people on Saturday; driving out the gate at 1:15, a long line of cars waiting to get in. This area best done during the week.

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HikingFeeGreat!

This is my favorite hike I’ve done so far in Colorado. Views are absolutely stunning and more than worth any effort to enjoy them. Would highly recommend, particularly given it doesn’t require a permit/reservation.

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