Blue Lake Trail is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pagosa Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length10.2 miElevation gain1,450 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestLakeViewsWildflowers
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Kyle Gallegos
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Beautiful trail with the creek running almost all the way to the lake.

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Micah Micah Drew
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Natasha Welsh
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BackpackingBugsRocky

Beautiful vistas and wildflowers for our backpacking trip on this trail! One of the prettiest hikes I've been on. There is a nice mixture of uphill, downhill and flat. BE WARNED: the trail up to Blue Lake is about a mile and a half longer than mentioned here. I clocked the roundtrip at 13 miles on my Fitbit and my father in law clocked it at 12.44 on his Garmin. Basically just ignore the mileage on the signs so you won't get disheartened. The lake is absolutely gorgeous and really large for alpine lake (the elevation was about 11,400). My husband and I went with his dad, 12 year sister and their dog and everyone did really well although our feet were hurting more than our muscles (it is very rocky for long stretches). The bugs are fairly bad so bring bug spray. Lastly, be warned: there is a creek that may be deep enough to have to wade through so bring water shoes and trekking poles.

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Micheal Bickmore
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailRockyWashed out
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Danny Mantyla
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Backpacking
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This trail was entered into AllTrails as "blue lake trail" and while it's true that it does go to Blue Lake, it's really a combination of the Conejos River Trail and the El Rito Azul trail. The El Rito Azul section of the trail, which takes you from the confluence of the Conejos River with it's Middle Fork and North Fork tributaries to Blue Lake, is much more difficult than the Conejos River Trail section. It can be pretty steep in some spots but it's not extreme or anything. It begins to level out into some really beautiful meadows right before you get to Blue Lake. You'll need to cross the Conejos river which will be knee length or more at its maximum! The water is moving very very fast and this can get a little dangerous. Two good trekking poles is a must! And good sandals or water shoes, as you wouldn't want to soak your boots of course and it would be too painful to go barefoot. Once you get to Blue Lake though, it's worth it. Blue Lake is a magical place. There's LOTS of TROUT but they're SMART trout! I couldn't catch one and I tried using spinning lures. It took only half the day to hike from Platoro to Blue Lake but we were exhausted. We camped there and the next morning we hiked down the Continental Divide Trail and took the Middle Fork Conejos Trail back to the trail head to make it a really excellent backpacking loop. Highly recommended!

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Micheal Bickmore
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Kristen Gangl
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Jacob Ortiz
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