Blue Lakes Trail

HARD 216 reviews

Blue Lakes Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ridgway, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2217 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

The Blue Lakes are located in a glacial basin in southwest Colorado in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness. A gorgeous alpine hike with wildflower-filled meadows, and impressive views this trail is not to be missed. There are three lakes in the basin - the middle and upper have the best views. This is an easy day hike but the lowest lake has several campgrounds along the shore for those who wish to spend the night. Visitors can park at the Blue lake Trailhead off County Road 7.

2 days ago

Beautiful hike. Still snowy nearing the lower lake.

12 days ago

Very snowy top half, waist deep in some parts

backpacking
21 days ago

Incredible views after a somewhat difficult climb. I recommend staying the night by the trailhead to accumulate to the altitude. I got slightly light headed as I arrived at the lower lake.

30 days ago

Hard going! First half straightforward, second half difficult route finding, mostly breaking trail and frequent thigh-high snow. Snowshoes would help a lot! At least there are now two sets of tracks to follow...

1 month ago

This was my first trail I went on and it is also in my home town. the trail was crazy but it was worth it when we got to the first lake it was amazing.

1 month ago

Incredible! Love the dispersed camping near the trailhead. Wonderful views at every turn!

hiking
4 months ago

One of the best hikes I have ever been on. Breathtaking views I will never forget. Nice to camp there and visit Ouray Hot Spings after the hike. Took hundreds of pics as the hike is too beautiful not to.

5 months ago

The end result is beautiful!

6 months ago

The uphill climb is hard but micro spikes and poles helped. Well worth the view at the top. From the waterfall to the lake, you gain some elevation but amazing views. We jumped in once we got there, very refreshing! Climb up on the side a little to get an awesome shot of the lake.

6 months ago

I hiked to the first lake in mid-September, the day after a snow storm. I have to say, this was the most beautiful hike I've ever done! The storm moved out, the sky was blue and the peaks all around were dusted with snow, stunning!

hiking
7 months ago

This is a tough trail, but the reward is amazing. Make sure to bring your winter traction. It's icy and snowy in places. Also, keep your dogs on a leash. Had a dog run up at me and snap at me twice.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike, there is snow and icy conditions once you past the stream about 2 miles or so in. I suggest you bring your microspikes, as we had to turn around at this point.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail. Is uphill all the way up and I would describe worse then "hard" but take your time and you won't be disappointed. I came from sea level S Texas which didn't help, but the struggle was so much worth it. Plus after you hang out at the beautiful lake, it's literally all downhill from there.

7 months ago

one of my favorites!

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked up Sunday morning (9/24) was a little snowy but beautiful views!

I accidentally left my hiking boots at the trailhead, so if anyone happened to find a pair of women's hiking boots I would love to get them back! My email is jpasplund21@students.tntech.edu

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked with mom. Gorgeous!! The water was so blue it was incredible.

The hike is not easy, a lot of elevation gain in the 3 miles up. We tried to get to the second lake but some people gave us bad directions and we couldn't find the trail and didn't feel safe crossing the river that was raging down the mountain.

If you have a high clearance 4x4 you can take a trail that will bring you all the way to the third lake which would've been cool to do. I will maybe do that sometime in the future because there is a lot of off roading available in that area.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous trail-completely worth the climb. My husband and I did the Blue Lakes Pass route to Mount Sneffels and camped out at Lower Lake. I wrote a complete trip report if you're interested in seeing photos and getting more information on trail conditions, gear, and general tips and tricks : http://borntobewandering.com/2017/09/15/the-ultimate-guide-to-mt-sneffels/

8 months ago

Most stunning hike in the area by far

8 months ago

Wonderful hike. Gradual incline to the first lake, a bit more challenging after that, but worth the view. Wonderful forest service worker on the trail who was also helpful and friendly.
Unfortunately I'd set my pack down to shed some weight when getting close to the second and third Lake. When I came back from my pack it was gone. I had a friend who hustled down the trail to see if she could find who grabbed it.
We did retrieve the pack from another hiker who had grabbed it from a larger group in their 20s. How we all thought the group was honest and going to leave it at the trail come to find out they had taken food out of the pack, a set of Maui Jim sunglasses, nalogene, and left cigarette buds in it.
despite feeling fooled and too trusting. well worth the 5 hour drive we took to get there.

hiking
8 months ago

Prettiest place I've ever been. Actually ended up getting engaged overlooking the first lake... definitely worth the short hike up there if you make it that far. Definitely a bit strenuous - uphill the entire way.

hiking
8 months ago

Wow! Stunning hike the entire way. Did it with a couple of friends from Oklahoma and it was tough for them and for me! We just took our time and enjoyed it. The wildflowers up there against the lake were breathtaking. 5-star hike for sure. Can't wait to go back and try the upper lakes!

8 months ago

Great beauty the whole way. Maybe harder than modetate, but the waterfalls and the lakes are worth the hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Totally worth the climb!

8 months ago

Gorgeous!!!!!!!!! Steep but worth the hike millions of wildflowers if you go at the right time worth it for kids but bring water and snacks as it can easily take two hours

9 months ago

Definitely a hard hike...the entire way up to the first lake is up, up, up! The trail is a beautiful dirt trail through the forest with water falls and wildflowers along the way. Totally worth it. Trekking poles are great for the way down!

9 months ago

This trail was beautiful and worth it in the end, but it should not be rated moderate. It is definitely hard as the entire trail is completely uphill. The views are incredible and the lakes are indescribable!

hiking
9 months ago

Just another reason why the San Juan mountain range is my favorite place in Colorado! We started this hike early to ensure we didn't get stuck in the afternoon storms and had a beautiful hike up. This is a very steep trail, but getting to the first lake is not too bad. We decided to trek up to the second and third lakes which extended the hike to about 8.5 miles round trip. Glad we did it because the views up there were insane! If you're low on time or are not acclimated to hiking at elevation, might be best to stick to the first lake. Great camping options are available on the road leading to the trailhead.

9 months ago

Loved it.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail. Hike around August because the weather is incredible and the flowers/meadows will blow you away. The lake view will take your breath away if the hike doesn't first.

backpacking
9 months ago

Backpacked to the lower Blue Lake - very beautiful but alot of other campers. Water easily available in stream and lake. Hiked to Blue Lake pass the next morning, gorgeous, started early due to thunderstorms- didn't make it all the way up Mt. Sneffles.

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