Blue Lake Trail

MODERATE 23 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
12 days 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
15 days 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
17 days 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
2 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
4 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

hiking
9 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
9 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
10 months ago

Well maintained trail.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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
11 months ago

backpacking
Monday, June 20, 2016

WE JUST WENT THIS PAST WEEKEND (6/28/2016 - 6/19/2016) NEAR THE TOP OF THE TRAIL THERE WAS STILL A LOT OF SNOW. BEAUTIFUL HIKE THOUGH. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A MOOSE WALKED RIGHT THROUGH OUR CAMP THE NEXT MORNING!!!! THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Hiked in about 2 miles on June 5 but turned back due to snow and time. The hike was wet but gorgeous and I can't wait to come back after some more melt off. My dog was not a fan of the log bridge for one of the water crossings but that's not the trails fault.

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Trail head states this is 5.1 miles to the lake, but I wouldn't know for sure because I couldn't hike all the way out there. Snow still several feet deep in spots. Trail alternates from clear to snowy and I had to turn back after about 2-3 miles.

geocaching
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Me and a buddy did this trail in April, on a trip to climb Clark peak, the mountain on the south west rim of the lake. Despite it being early spring there was probably 5 feet of snow, and we had to snowshoe all the way up. The trail only had tracks about a mile, and after that it was all fresh powder. About a mile and a half in we lost the trail and just followed the valley floor up towards the lake. The day was warm for the time of year, and the snow began to melt, sticking to our snowshoes and weighing them down. 5 miles through untouched snow, as it sticks to you was one of the hardest hikes I've done. We reached blue lake, crossed its frozen surface, and climbed up the steep valley wall to the saddle between Clark peak and Cameron peak. We set up our winter tent, and had to build a snow brick wall around it because the wind was vicious. We didn't bring much to protect our faces and we both got awful windburn. I wound up wrapping a bandage around my nose and my mouth as protection from the wind. After the fact my buddy got blisters that leaked puss from the whole ordeal. After a night with little sleep due to the loud wind we got up at sunrise and hiked up towards the ridge of Clark. Avalanche danger was pretty high to the left and right but we followed a stone protrusion and did alright. Once we reached the ridge, it was 2 miles through howling wind along the ridge to the peak. The conditions were pretty unlucky, but the view from the top of all the surrounding mountains was stunning. Overcoming this mountain was a very changing journey.

camping
Saturday, October 24, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Great hike with water crossings, view of Chambers lake on way up. Can be accessed from hwy14 in upper Poudre Canyon. Went on Labor day but didn't feel that busy. Good dog hike, but keep them on the leash even though this trail is in a wilderness area. Good calorie burn...1600 out and back for 5'11" female at 160#.