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Amazing hike. My brother and I hiked Bluebird this past June. About 12 people we had passed told us to turn back because it was too snowy. We ended up hitting some snags but we ended up doing some rock climbing and sledding to get there and back but we made it. Hiking turned into Mountaineering but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Well worth the risks!

I thoroughly enjoyed this section of the CT. There is a great valley view in the second half of this section that was particularly rewarding. Downside, the mosquitoes are quite bad this year for some reason. That aside, great section for backpacking and hiking.

Clean up after yourself, including dog poop bags. Pack it in, pack it out. Put out fires and DON’T have a fire when there are bans! Beautiful but challenging.

I wish I could give this hike more than a five star. AMAZING hike! One of my all time favorite hikes. Great mountain vistas and lush green meadows along the trail. Great wildflowers and saw some wildlife. Must do in RMNP!

hiking
7 days ago

Day hiked the point-to-point CCW on 7/7/18, 9.5 hours total. Please read carefully:
1. The mileage is wrong! It's 16.5 miles point-to-point, or 18.5 miles if you walk the road between Roaring Fork TH and Monarch Lake TH.
2. Arrived at Monarch Lake at 7:15, lot was 80% full.
3. The first mile along the lake is nice, but the next 6.9 miles up to Gourd Lake are boring and not really photo-worthy.
4. Gourd Lake is pretty, but its best views are from beyond it, looking back down. Also, this is the most enjoyable portion of the loop, route finding up to Island Lake.
5. Island lake itself wasn't very photogenic though.
6. Took us 5.5 hrs to get to the [Cooper?] Pass, 9.9 miles in. That included snack and photo breaks.
7. The view West down into Hell Canyon, Upper and Stone Lakes, one of the BEST VIEWS I've seen in Colorado.
8. The descent was very steep, 1,200 feet over 0.5 miles! Took us almost an hour, and each of us was bloody by the end. Scree, boulders, and patches of meadow. No snow though.
9. The upper canyon and lakes area are superb. Wish we were camping overnight, would have stayed here. Side note, the other pass (north of Hiamovi Mountain) looks enticing for another occasion.
10. The 600 foot climb out of Hell Canyon was a little pesky after all we'd been through so far. Some good views though. Easy to lose the trail, tempting to aim low and left of where you should be, may have to backtrack.
11. The last 4 miles of Roaring Fork after the saddle feel like retribution. Again, not much to look at or enjoy.
12. Overall thoughts are that there were 5 miles of wonder, 11.5 miles of boring. And would strongly encourage going clock-wise unlike us. This puts Cooper Pass only 6.6 miles from TH (in case you turn back), and you'd ascend the steep rather than descend.

7 days ago

Great trail

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

hiking
9 days ago

I love lake hikes! Did this on a week day took off from the trail head at 7 am. The first part of the hike is beautiful but super buggy- bring bug spray you’ll need it! After the ouzel lake split the trail opens up to views of Ouzel from above. I ran into two bull moose on the trail. I gave them time and space and let them mosey on down to the lake ~ 15 minutes worth. Then ran into a momma deer with two babies. It was probably the time of day, but be aware of the wild life. Made it to the lake and back in 5.5 hours. No snow on the trail, nice hike. Minimal people after the Ouzel lake split. Would consider a moderate hike.

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.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike! The hike is very long, but not too strenuous. 3/4 of the hike is flat and only moderately steep at times. It also follows a beautiful stream! The last 1/4 is strenuous but the lake is worth it!

At the lake we hung out with some goats! They are docile and will run away if you go near them

We hiked Deluge a few days earlier and found Deluge to be more difficult (even though it is shorter)

Did this trail yesterday, June 28, 2018. Wild flowers were in full bloom, absolutely beautiful. Trail goes from easy to moderate the higher up you go. My F150 4x4 had no problems. Highly recommend this trail. Stoped in Ouray at the hot springs for a swim on the way back to Telluride.

backpacking
17 days ago

After driving thru a residential area we arrived at a super crowded 4wd trailhead. The actual trail is a jeep road. We hiked up to the lake on a beautiful June Saturday, and shared the “trail” with several vehicles, and their exhaust fumes. Upon arrival at the lake, there was a crowded parking lot. Once you get to the first lake (just above treeline), the cars stop. There is a single track trail up to the second lake, which is above the meadow/willows level and into the talus zone. Not the quiet solitude we were seeking from a “hard, lightly trafficked” trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful trail! Very crowded until after ouzel falls then there was almost no one.

hiking
17 days ago

At the beginning of the hike make a stop at the creek and take some pictures. The trail is steep at times and then flat, so it is good for recreational hikers. Pretty meadows and forests of aspens and of course great views. We hiked in about 1 hour and found the stream again and it was fun to watch the water rush by so quickly. We had a picnic on boulders and returned to the trail head in 1/2 hour. Great hike, I enjoyed it more than Booth Falls, which was LONG.

hiking
19 days ago

Parking lot was full at 10a on a tues, but there was parking about 0.7 miles from the trailhead. Plenty of people until after ouzel falls and not so many after which was great.

Clear of snow except for a patch about 100yards long just below the lake.

Gorgeous views, lots of water and wildflowers!! We took our Tacoma and it did great up the 4x4 roads!

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked 6/22. Beautiful trail. Follows the rushing creek for the first couple of miles. Very lush and green. You’ll see Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades (the latter was especially amazing - pictures don’t do it justice). Continues on to Ouzel Falls - be sure to take the side trail and get right up next to the falls. The water is absolutely gushing right now. Trail later opens up to great mountain views and is lined with wildflowers. You’ll come to a stretch that’s almost like a foresty meadow with lots of downed trees (maybe from a microburst?). This area is so green and beautiful. Lots of wildflowers Saw some deer and marmots here. Trail then climbs into some woods, crosses streams, etc. You’ll come out of the woods and have the last uphill push to the lake. There was still a small uphill snowfield to cross, but I had no trouble without poles or traction. The lake itself was stunning - again, pictures don’t do it justice. In all, the hike took around 5.5 hours. One of the prettiest hikes I’ve done in the park.

hiking
22 days ago

Incredible, went fairly unprepared for the length of the hike, all went well.
Vertical, unmarked up high, zero trail where you might want it most. Snowfields that required kick steps, wish we’d have had ice axes to self arrest and glissade. Flowers out the wazoo the right time of year, highly likely depends on snowpack. Only drawback as a day-hike is taking it all in, wanting to do a summit or two.

hiking
23 days ago

Went up to Bluebird lake on Father's day the 17th and the trail was clear of snow for almost the entire hike. There were a few patches of snow that we had to go up on the final pitch to the lake. negotiated no problem with boots and poles. The hike was awesome and the lake was quite beautiful. I highly recommend if you have the stamina to do the whole 12.5 mile hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning views and a leisurely hike, just long. Made it to about 2000 feet short of the lake before we started post holing waste deep. Went for another 1500 feet and had to turn around, we were not prepared for this. Give it a little more time unless you plan on snowshoeing. Bathrooms at the trail head.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is super nice and as of yesterday (6/11/2018) there is basically no snow until you are almost to Gore Lake. I stopped about 1/4 - 1/2 mile from gore lake because the snow became a pain but did run into several hikers that made it all the way to the lake, so it is doable. They were definitely tougher than me! People kept mentioning The Graves as the junction to the lake but I didn't get it until I was there that The Graves are two actual graves from the early nineteen hundreds. Pretty cool that they have kept them marked in honor of the deceased. This is a winner of a trail and I highly recommend it!

backpacking
1 month ago

Very beautiful! Camped two nights and explored the areas surrounding. Rosalie trail was not marked well on the map but if you keep to the trail you will be alright. It is a bit longer I think. Overall, it was amazing. It was really dry up there so fill up on water every chance you get.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this the second week of June. It is a beautiful trail but very steep incline on the Rosalie trail with quick elevation gain.

wow. absolutely amazing. it's a fairly long hike to get up above the treeline, but none of it is technical. I didn't make it all the way to Abyss Lake, but it was very much worth it. absolutely incredible views.

Absolutely amazing scenery. Lake Charles is an amazing alpine lake surrounded by some pretty staggering peaks. The lake was pretty much frozen over, except at the shoreline. Breathtaking (and that's not just the cold).

BUT

There was comprehensive coverage of knee deep snow on the ground, starting about two miles below Lake Charles. This made an already hard-to-find trail nearly impossible to follow. So we were pretty much postholing for those two miles (and it took us about three hours each way). If you've got snowshoes, bring em (at least until things warm up). And bring your GPS. That was key.

hiking
1 month ago

Tried to get to Bluebird Lake yesterday (5/25) but about one mile past turnoff from Ouzel Lake, trail was completely snow covered in the pine forest. Difficult to follow the trail, even with footprints, and frequently sunk in to my hips. Turned back when completely lost the trail and snow was very deep. However, hike was still amazing and gorgeous with blue skies and views almost the whole way. Would highly recommend and will return in a few months to get all the way to the lake!

hiking
2 months ago

Still pretty snowy, overall. The first mile was pretty dry. The next mile was wet but no snow. By about the 3rd mile it was getting getting snowy, and we turned back a little before mile 4. The snow wasn't too bad, and traction wasn't needed, but there was a bit of postholing.

3 months ago

The only reason it get 4 stars instead of 5 is because I couldn’t make it to the lake due to the snow conditions. Just to early in the season to expect to make it to Gore Lake. Regardless, this was a beautiful hike. I had to start cutting my own trail after about 2 miles, so be prepared with snowshoes if you plan to get very far. I can’t wait to be back in late summer to attempt getting to the lake again. The views across the valley are breathtaking. Very impressed with my first hike in CO.

One of my favorite alpine lake in CO. Just beware the iron side trail... trail markers are not maintained and can be very difficult to follow. Bring your GPS!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful winter hike. Trail was packed snow for the first five miles and snow shoes were not needed until after the third stream crossing. I stopped at that point even though I had brought snow shoes with me. Extremely quiet. No one else on the trail for the 4 hours I was hiking.

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