DISTANCE
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,663 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
8 days ago

We didn't have the $11 cash to enter the park so we parked at the Lake Brainard trailhead. Hiked Waldrup Trail to Lake Brainard cut off trail to Lake Brainard. It was absolutely gorgeous but heavily populated with loud mouthed hikers. We then hiked to Mitchell Lake, hoping to see moose, no luck. We made our way up to Blue Lake. The trail was slightly difficult in areas, heavily trafficked, but beautiful. The last stretch up to Blue Lake is pretty rocky with many tourists and hikers who don't care about hiking etiquette. Blue Lake is pristine and ice cold. Worth every blister on my feet. I recorded 14.5 miles round trip.