Blue Lake Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews
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Blue Lake Trail is a 11.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2250 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

trail running

cross country skiing

lake

snow

Directions from Fort Collins: Travel west on Hwy 14 for 62 miles. The Trailhead is located about 2 miles east of Joe Wright Reservoir. Parking is available at the trailhead.

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome trail! Difficult in spots, but you're rewarded with beauty the whole way up and Blue Lake is stunning. We even saw a moose on the trail the day we hiked it. A word of advice - come prepared with layers!. The wind at the lake was brutal and we were treated to a brief hailstorm.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail. Difficult in spots. Wild flowers near Blue Lake are spectacular. Lake was beautiful.

16 days ago

1 month ago

This trail is perfect right now. We passed very few hikers and had the lake completely to ourselves. The hike itself is woody, quiet, lots of stream-jumping, a good combo of easy-but-long, with an absolutely stunning payoff. Tons of wildflowers and very green and sunny this time of year. Little patches of snow at the lake but it felt warm out. Had to take off our shoes and rinse in the mountain runoff due to some intense gravelly mud at the lake but the rest of the trail was dry. A few downed trees to climb under and over along the way.

Gorgeous. We will definitely be back soon.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful snow melt flow in the crossings during the trail, creates a cool breeze that is refreshing once you step out of the sun. Lots of downed trees from the storm and super muddy as there is still lots of snow near the top. Wear waterproof boots!

hiking
2 months ago

Hike through the woods with limited views until the last 1/2 mile or so where it opens up beautifully. Unable to make it the upper lake due to snow but will be back to get there.

hiking
2 months ago

When up there over the weekend 6/4/17. Snow mix the first 1/2 of the trail with some areas being difficult to cross. The second half of the trip the trail disappeared completely with 4-6ft of snow in most parts. The lake was frozen outside of rim where you could see some signs of melt.

hiking
3 months ago

Went up there yesterday, 04/23/17. Still a LOT of snow. We didn't have snow shoes and had a rough go of it. We made it to the small boulder field about 1/2 mile below the lake and turned around. Unless you like plodding through snow you might wait for the melt. It was beautiful and peaceful. I'm looking forward to going back up in June to see the lake!

hiking
6 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Good hike! Be prepared for change in weather at the lake.

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Good day hike. It is in the forest until you get to the lake. It is a gradual ascent and a good chance to see moose. Head west above the lake to get another lake view.

hiking
11 months ago

Thought it was a very good trail only reason it is difficult is to reach either summit and get back to the car you must be prepared to hike 12-14 miles.
Beautiful views of blue lake at the saddle

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Well maintained trail.

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It's a good hike from the trail head to the lake, but it doesn't really open up until the last mile or so. A good hike if you are going in the hot summer. If you like to fish, take a rod, Blue Lake has some nice cutthroat trout hiding in it. We also spotted a radio-collared cow moose with a calf which was cool to see. We encountered no snow on the trail.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016