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up hill the whole way but definitely worth it for the views and knowing you climbed a mountain

Hike was a challenge for our seven and nine-year-old but we were able to push them along and they were glad they made it to the Falls! What a spectacular seen. The trail is beautiful framed by mainly Aspen, with some stunning scenery of the cliffs.

One note: as the write up says this is a very popular hike, so there were plenty of other people, dogs, and trail runners but all courteous and friendly.

Very nice trail, mostly on an old forest road but be prepared for some extended hiking on rocks in places. A good balance of shade and sun. If you take your pup, there are a few small stream crossings where they can get a drink. Near the top there is a nice area to see the falls from about a quarter mile away, but the hike to the falls itself will reward you with some great views back toward the valley.

This was a great hike. Great day and a beautiful hike.

A great hike to get acclimated to the altitude. If you get an early start then you’ll likely have the falls to yourself. The views are fantastic along the way. We wrapped up the hike around 11:30 after relaxing at the top for 40 minuets, and the trail was pretty crowded at that point. Only 4 stars due to the sheer beauty and solitude of other hikes in the area.

hiking
4 days ago

Very cool hike! We did the day hike to Lower, Middle, Upper Blue Lakes and to the Sneffels pass. I recommend camping at the trailhead for an early start. The lower lake is beautiful (it's better than the other two) but pretty full of campers. The best view is from near the middle lake looking down on the lower lake. The path can be hard to find going from lower to middle. The trail from upper lake to the pass was narrow and steep and did get boring, so you could definitely skip this and you wouldn't be missing out. The hike is quite steep in beginning sections, so it gets real old on the way back down (we saw two people who appeared to have twisted ankles from sliding or falling in these sections... both of whom were hiking in tevas, so do with that what you will).

Beautiful hike.

off road driving
9 days ago

Great views. Can be tricky with loose rock and off camber sections. Worth the time.

Definitely worth the short semi steep hike. Runnable for those who like to trail run

Gorgeous views.

Great trail. Scenic and a good trail for your first one.

The shoreline of the lower lake alone is worth the effort.

Great in an out trail! At the end of the trail don’t go up and cut across the meadow to get down. It’s prettier just to go in and back.

We went early in morning and only saw a few people on the trail and at the falls. Great for photos. More people on the trail after about 9am. We took our time and explored a lot of side trails, playing around in the creek and taking photos of the views, and that made the hike even better for us. Not many wildflowers this week, except at the last .25-mile near the falls and then some very pretty foliage.

backpacking
11 days ago

Great hike and beautiful views.

We did the hike late in the day (started around 17.30). It took us about 1.5 hours to go up and left us not enough time to make it all the way to the upper lake (going down last mile we had to use flashlights - its getting quite dark there in the trees in between two mountain ranges), but that feeling of being the last ones going up, resting in the quiet serenity of the lake and going down all alone was precious. The hike - smells, birds, wildberries. streams, gorgeous waterfall - everything is so good..

This hike was strenuous but definitely worth it. The views were amazing the entire hike!

This hike was pretty simple and to the point. Wide trail, easy to pass people (which is good as it was pretty busy). Parking downtown on the streets, so your time is limited on the trail due to the meters. The waterfall is easy to get to and beautiful. Would recommend if you are in the area.

off road driving
12 days ago

Went early and avoided tourist traffic. Easy 2wd until the last ¼ and hen aired down and put in 4 hi most of the time. A few spots needed 4 low and we stayed in low most of the way down during the steep part. Great hiking and views at the top. Next time we are there we’ll try some of the basins to the south of the trail. Stock Sahara, 32 AT no lift.

hiking
12 days ago

Great Hike! Start early and go to the upper lakes! The view down to the lower lake is amazing!

steep hike for the first 30/45 minutes but overall not a difficult hike, lower lake is absolutely gorgeous!

My best friend and I did this hike yesterday around 1:45 pm. We aren’t the best hikers but made it to the lakes around 4. The first few miles were pretty tough due to lots of rough uphill hiking. That lasted a pretty good chunk of the hike there. My legs and body did not hurt it was the breathing that got to us. Bring an inhaler or something if you have trouble breathing especially if you’re not from around here!! Altitude is real y’all. Bring tons and tons of water. You can honestly never have too much. The waterfalls, nature, and paths were so beautiful. When we finally made it we had a picnic and enjoyed the few for a few hours. Don’t get discouraged about the hike down! It only took us an hour and a half and it was a breeze!!! Enjoy this hike. It meant a lot to me :)

Gorgeous. Unfortunately the fire nearby hazed our views! We’ll do this again. Didn’t think it was terribly difficult. We went to the 2nd lake and came back. Start early because the masses love this trail too!

Such a gorgeous hike of moderate difficulty. The most bang for the buck as it affords you beautiful views, water along the whole hike, wildflowers and a gorgeous water fall at the destination. Take time to hike in or along side the creek when you get to the huge rock climbing boulder right before the final ascent to the falls. Stunning.

hiking
18 days ago

Such a beautiful hike. I plan on doing this again but would love to camp next time.

hiking
19 days ago

Wow! One of the top 5 best hikes we've ever done. We've spent the last two year living near and hiking Rocky Mountain National Park, but this hike to the 3 blue lakes blew us away. We aren't 14ers as much, but alpine lakes are our thing, and these were just gorgeous. Even if the lakes weren't blue, I think the wildflowers, views of the surround peaks, and the way the lakes are situated is just phenomenal. But, the lakes ARE turquoise so that just kills it!

The hike itself is challenging, but at no point dangerous to my mind (one boulder field where you could twist an ankle I suppose). It is a good amount of elevation change, especially if you aren't used to it, and it's a bit brutal the first couple miles without many flat section of the trail to catch your breath on. I'd highly advise making it up to the second and third lakes if you can, making it about 8.8 miles roundtrip I think - as the view of the first lake from higher up is great. My personal favorite was the second lake, as you can see the surrounding peaks as well. Being above treeline is always a treat, and seeing the pikas and marmots is so cool.

The drive to the trailhead was strenuous on our not 4wd not high clearance vehicle (a Ford 500), but we went slow, let the trucks pass us, and got there in the end.

backpacking
19 days ago

Beautiful Hike! One of our favorites in Colorado. If you are looking for solitude this def not the place.

Lower Blue Lake was beautiful. The hike to the second lake was the most challenging part of the day and the color wasn't as blue as lower Blue Lake.

hiking
20 days ago

What a treat to find a trail right on the edge of town! It was an easy 12-minute walk from my hotel. Being so conveniently located, I figured it would be crowded so I went very early in the morning -- I was at the trailhead at 7:20am and had the trail to myself. (Which meant I also had the waterfall at the top to myself as well!) The trail is a steady incline out and decline back, but not strenuous. I hike pretty slowly, so it took me 1 hour 20 minutes to get to the waterfall. (There's a giant bolder at a plateau on the trail that looks like the end of the trail, and you can see the waterfall in the distance, but keep going! The trail gets narrower and a little steeper, but you can get right up to the waterfall -- close enough to feel the spray.) As I was heading down, the trail was getting pretty crowded (people starting the trail around 9am or after). Lots of dogs -- all well behaved, but none on leashes. I was pleasantly surprised to have only seen 3 poop bags on the trail -- I would have expected far more. This trail was a real gem. And easy to stop for coffee in town afterwards.

walking
20 days ago

Great trail!! Perfect for dogs too.

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