Blue Lake and Little Blue Lake Via Mitchell Lake Trail

MODERATE 160 reviews
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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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12 hours ago

beautiful hike.

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1 day ago

On the easier side. Very rocky trail make sure you have good shoes. Windy up at the lake so make sure you have a layer to put on. Pretty lakes along the way!

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1 day ago

Beautiful trail with high chance to see Moose. Highly recommend climbing Mt. Toll at the end. This gets you away from all the tourist traffic.

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4 days ago

Beautiful trail and great views. Wasn't expecting to have to pay a $11 fee to enter, and couldn't park within a mile of the trailhead, despite arriving at 9:15. Overall great, but probably wouldn't do again.

Beautiful hike. Very rocky but not especially steep.

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8 days ago

Easy hike, with great wildflowers all around.

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13 days ago

Great hike and lots of wildflowers are still out!

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16 days ago

I love this hike! Second time I have done it. I brought my dog and he had a great time as well. There is a slight balancing act on a few logs to cross a rushing stream. My dog handled it fine, but he's almost 70 lbs.

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16 days ago

We absolutely LOVED this trail. We started around 7:30am and got a spot right up front. It took us about an hour and a half to get to Blue Lake with incredible views along the way. The mosquitos were a little bothersome on the way up but not as bad coming down. Blue Lake is breathtaking and we cannot wait to hike this trail again!

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19 days ago

Only went to Blue Lake. You have to cross a snow field to get up to the next lake, and there we were with no Yak Trax. This is a gorgeous year, due to adequate moisture. Flowers are amazing in this area. The water is still flowing heavily, so be prepared to cross some interesting creeks. Doable, but be cautious. Arrive early if you want to park at the trailhead. Also, there were a few mosquitos.

24 days ago

Hiked with a 5 and 7.5 year old and they handled it well but were exhausted by the end! The hike was beautiful and we saw a moose at the first lake. We liked the varied terrain! Got there at 8:30am and got the last parking spot... this was on a Monday!

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