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Other reviews capture this quintiessential Colorado hike. Majestic views, turquoise lake, rewarding hike.

hiking
1 day ago

fun hike! we only made it as far as lower blue lake due to some issues with the altitude, but it was gorgeous nonetheless! the trail opens up to some beautiful meadows along the way and once you hit a space suitable for camping you have arrived at lower blue lake. would love to go back and make this a two day trip. the road out there is easy to maneuver and it definitely gets crowded pretty early. highly suggest this hike!

mills lake was awesome...hike is fairly crowded, but a lot better once you get past Alberta falls...the lake and landscape is a must see!

hiking
7 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.

This hike was lovely - truly the stereotypical mountain lake ideal view. It's as gorgeous as you'd imagine. :) Yes, if you hike it in the summer, it'll be well populated, but that's the case for most trails at any national park.
As I approached Mills Lake, I watched the water that would become Alberta Falls rush by, flowing heavily from MIlls Lake. After that, I crested a hill with large boulders around, that opened up to the spans of Mills Lake, flanked by idyllic rocky mountains.
As an Arizona hiker who visited in August, I layered my clothing: yoga tank under a long sleeved t, under a sweatshirt, under a waterproof windbreaker. I'm SOOOO glad I took all layers (I almost left the sweatshirt in the car), because in the 30ish minutes I sat by the lake, the weather went from full sun, dy, then thunder, rain and hail...and then sun again. ....and then rain. Mother Nature was verrry moody the day I hiked this trail, and judging from what the Park Rangers, guides and locals told me, this is common. So, be sure you're prepared!
This trail felt like a true hike, whereas Bear Lake was not at all. The hike to Mills Lake is rated moderate, but I believe it's somewhere between Easy and Moderate.
There aren't any steep grades, despite you ascending almost all the way. The grade is subtle.
Because you are walking on a trail with loose rock and stepping around larger rocks, I also recommend you wear grippy shoes/boots.
You'll love it.

Beautiful hike to Mills Lake. It was challenging but well worth the effort. Only drawback was too many people on the trail.

Gorgeous views.

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

backpacking
13 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!

hiking
15 days ago

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

Hiked up to Black Lake a week ago. Quite a few folks between Alberta Falls and Mills. But beyond Mills we found only the committed. We had Black Lake all to ourselves until the weather chased us down. Hike from Mills to Black is beautiful and serene. Loved the waterfall below Black. Take the time to relax at Black. It is worth the time and effort.

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

Beautiful hike. Perfect weather. Too many tourists. Will do again when not in the middle of summer and the rest of the country isn’t there.

Liked it but so did hundreds of other people. We were late to the trailhead and only went to Mills lake. Sounds like Black and Frozen were less trafficked so maybe another time.

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 :)

Hiked to Mills Lake. Beautiful, not too hard. Great views. Serene lake. Overall amazing. Just get there early (before 9am) or parking is atrocious!

went to Black Lake. really amazing hike. Just hit the favors list. After Mills, and Jewel, the rest of the hike is beautiful and challenging. So much scenery. Waterfalls, wild flowers, saw a moose and Elk. Well worth it!

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!

hiking
21 days ago

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

hiking
22 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
22 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.

backpacking
24 days ago

An awesome trail. Lots of wildflowers and beautiful scenery - one of my favorites! I highly recommend going up to see the upper lakes - the hike itself is beautiful and the view of the lower lake is stunning. If you go to the upper lakes, once you cross the stream follow the trail to the left (the one to the right is mostly used for campsite access). We pitched our tent on a hill across from the second lake and had the upper lakes area to ourselves for the night. Highly recommended!

Great trail, good weather. Mills Lake was awesome.

Magnificent hike. Bumpy road to the trailhead, but nothing damaging. Steady uphill hike to a fairytale lake. I suggest hiking up toward the second lake, but not all the way, it’s not as beautiful as the first but gives a great vantage point of the first. Lots of butterflies and wildflowers.

Loved this hike! Wildflowers, waterfalls, lakes and butterflies. Blue Lakes has it all!!!

Wow!!! Well worth the hike

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