Blue Lake and Little Blue Lake Via Mitchell Lake Trail

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Blue Lake and Little Blue Lake Via Mitchell Lake Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

There are a couple of Blue Lakes in the Colorado front range. This one is located in the Roosevelt National Forest north of Nederland, near the small community of Ward. It is a fabulous hike in which you will encounter two major lakes (Mitchell and Blue) and several other streams and small ponds. There is abundant wildlife and flowers that offer some of the best photographs. The view of the Continental Divide is also magnificent the closer you get to it. This is listed as a half day hike, but you could do it in 3 hours fairly easily. You will need to pay $10 for a day pass to park at the trailhead.

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2 days ago

Great, short hike and wasn't too crowded. It was fairly easy, I'm guessing rated moderate because the trail was fairly rocky so somewhat technical at points.

2 days ago

great day hike near boulder! it was snowy today so having waterproof boiits with good traction was important. I also appreciated having my trekking poles, especially between Mitchell lake and blue lake. got there around 730am and parking was easy at the Mitchell lake trailhead.

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7 days ago

The most rewarding trail near Boulder, CO

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9 days ago

Had an awesome day today! Left Boulder around 1pm, got to the trailhead at two, and was down by 4:30! An amazing time well spent with good friends, highly suggest it.

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9 days ago

Beautiful hike from start to finish. Walked over a lot of logs going through little creeks and saw four moose! I brought my Goldendoodle and kept him on a leash (usually I let him off) due to the wildlife in the area. Some other dogs ran past us which excited mine and he pulled me down the side of the hill...other than that it was great!

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17 days ago

Gorgeous hike. The view of mount Toll is spectacular much of the way. Saw a large herd of bull moose--big ones--unusual but very cool to see so many bulls together. The trail is not very steep but it is pretty rocky and I was glad I wore hiking boots with stiff sole and good support. Highly recommend!

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fantastic hike.