Blue Lakes Trail

MODERATE 158 reviews

Blue Lakes Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ridgway, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2424 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Highway 62: Take Dallas Creek Road fourteen miles to the Blue Lakes Trailhead.

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
1 day 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.

fly fishing
1 day ago

Caught some beautiful cutthroat while fly fishing the middle lake. Awesome views, would definitely do again!

hiking
2 days ago

Just an incredibly beautiful hike. It was really hard for us coming from sea level so we took our time getting up. We ended up taking the trail almost to the top of sneffels at 13,000ft but wow was it worth it. The views just keep getting better and better the higher you go. You have to cross a few streams (waterproof boots recommended), being LOTS of water and snacks, we ran out of both on the descent, which was pretty rough. The views were truly spectacular. If you plan on going to the top of sneffels bring warm clothing. Start early! We started at 8:30 and wish we started at like 6.

hiking
3 days ago

4 days ago

Absolutely spectacular. Waterfalls, wildflowers, and wanderlust.

4 days ago

A must see. We rode well trained horses.

backpacking
6 days ago

It's an arduous hike that is well worth your effort.
We hiked up to upper blue lake 4.8 miles then enjoyed time at the other lakes on our way down.
Lots of photo opportunities for waterfalls.
GO EARLY IN THE MORNING 8am start time.
:45 drive from Ouray.
Majestic views from upper blue lake.

hiking
6 days ago

Gorgeous!

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful even with the rain & hail! Wildflower are gorgeous ! The first part of the trail to the 2nd lake is steep & very slippery when muddy! Proceed with caution! The third lake is an easy hike from the 2nd lake and worth the extra short trek.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing wildflowers!

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful hike.

15 days ago

Amazing hike!!! One of my all time favorites.

backpacking
15 days ago

Beautiful lake. Well worth the hike. Breathtaking views, great camping and wildlife. Photographer's heaven! Saw a bear and a large porcupine while there..

16 days ago

NOT a moderate hike. Definitely hard. well worth it, but the rating is dead wrong.