Blue Lakes Trail

MODERATE 79 reviews

Blue Lakes Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
341 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

lake

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Trail to waterfall Moderata hiking.

16 hours ago

Can’t tell you how many times we’ve done this hike! We bring all of our out-of-state visitors there ages 23-60+. We’ve visited in every season and will continue to go back! Also close to downtown Breckenridge.

3 months ago

Mountain goats

camping
3 months ago

Packed in 12/27 and set up camp in the woods below the first lake. Snow on road was 18' but compressed by skiers for part of the way. Snow in woods drifting to 4' where I built a snow shelter for the night. Trail up to the spillway ranged from bare ground to drifting to 24". First part of road you don't need anything but boots but if you wander out of the tracks you will need snowshoes. Everything frozen. No running water visible. Wind gusting to 20 mph. Beautiful sunny days and clear night.

4 months ago

Drifted sections with some bare spots on the south aspect trail of the lower lake. Nice trail with the current low snowpack. Waterfalls below upper lake are frozen. Snowshoed the trail well. Boot pack would be tough through some sections.

5 months ago

Not really a hike. Just a walk up a well maintained dirt road. Can actually drive to the lake. Many pretty hikes to chose from in Breckenridge.

5 months ago

Hiked 11/4, trail all snow. Awesome if you're looking for a quick hike. Beautiful lakes, waterfall, old mine house. Upper lakes accessible via car/road, so don't drive past the trailhead!

6 months ago

Great family hike! Beautiful, breathtaking views, easy hike

backpacking
7 months ago

had good trails.

8 months ago

Great hike. We took our 1 year old and carried her the entire way. We also took our 3.5 year old who walked/hiked the entire way. Great family hike. Highly recommend.

8 months ago

Beautiful scenery!

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Extremely beautiful hike. Somewhat short and not very challenging for an experienced hiker, but still very pretty. My girlfriend, her dog and I did this hike last Friday morning around 10 am and hiked around the bottom of the lower lake to the base of the waterfall. Incredible views of Quandary Peak, North Star Mountain and Wheeler Mountain. I would have liked to hike further, but my gf's dog is only 6 months old, so 1.5 miles round trip was more than enough to tucker him out. Once he's a bit more developed and we have some more time we will certainly explore this area a bit more.

8 months ago

I didn't get all the way to the end because I was pressed on time but the snow was packed down really nice. you have to park about a mile from the trailhead, but it was beautiful and definitely worth it. I wore my high sorrels instead of my hiking boots and it was a great hike ! this was in may

9 months ago

Misleading. These lakes are right off the side of the road. Granted, a very beautiful area. Just wouldn't say this is a 'hike' by any means.

9 months ago

Great views of lakes, waterfall, & mountains!

9 months ago

Great for kids. Took our 4 year old and 18 month old. Parked at lower lake and walked up to falls then headed back to car to drive to the top. Great views and a few goats too. Kids slept 3 hrs after, can't beat that.

A walk on a gravel road. Gorgeous views!! But not a hike.

9 months ago

I'm not a fan of hikes along gravel roads, but this was a beautiful hike with scenic views. We saw links to other trails at the beginning and end of this trail, but had to leave early when a storm came in. We did not get to explore the waterfall, but it looked gorgeous from a distance! There were many marmots and mountain goats all along the hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Not a hike at all. Drive up a road and then walk around a little. Very misleading

9 months ago

Great short hike to the falls. Great views without any work. Hello goats;)

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Great view of the mountains. Many different hiking trails for different skill levels

10 months ago

Lake, mountain view, goats! Not a real hike...

10 months ago

Were u able to see waterfalls due to late May snow fall. We did see appropriately 20 mountain goats. Views were beautiful, Blue Lake was still partially frozen but still gorgeous

10 months ago

Were u able to see waterfalls due to late May snow fall. We did see appropriately 20 mountain goats. Views were beautiful, Blue Lake was still partially frozen but still gorgeous

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Although the trail was covered in knee high snow, it was well worth the hike to the lake that froze over due to the weather. I'm not sure how difficult the trail is during the summer, but it was somewhat difficult due to the incline, snow and postholing every 20 steps. If you were heading out soon, I definitely recommend snowshoes (we didn't bring any), sunglasses and sunscreen to avoid getting a gnarly sunburn. We didn't see any animals as other reviews mentioned, but the trail was pretty empty - with the exception of 4-5 people we saw skiing down. I'm looking forward to checking this out once the snow melts. Also, there wasn't much signage showing you where exactly the trail is or behind. However, if you pass the parking lot, there is a road that goes up. The trail begins once you see that immediate right turn to continue driving up. (If that makes sense).

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Lots of Mountain goats high up on the mountain (bring binoculars!!!) And we saw two moose driving to the trail head.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Great day on the trail and beautiful once you get away from the dam. We saw close to two dozen mountain goats at the start of the trail - incredible. Loved the mining remains further up the trail and tundra beyond that point as well. Quandary Peak towers over the trail. Took us less than 2 hours total.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

We went beyond the end of the trail unknowingly - most is a dirt road and only the last ~100 yards is moderate, rest is easy. Lots of good sized mud puddles after rain so consider waterproof shoes. Views of waterfall and up at the Continental Divide!

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Loved the scenery all along this hike! We parked at the green/black dot on this map and made the trek to the dam. The road was open for cars to right below the dam, but we chose to hike the road and enjoy the beautiful views. Upon returning to green/black dot parking area, we took the trail from there immediately down to the lower lake. There's a makeshift bridge to cross the water (especially fun for kids) to continue on the the trail along the south side of this lake. Do it! Go all the way to the waterfall. The trail/road had some large puddles, but make your way around them. There are also some nice campsites/picnic areas right along the lake. We didn't see any mountain goats, but were entertained by the marmots & their whistles. Fantastic views - especially with the newly snowcapped peaks!!!

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