Blue Lakes Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
108 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

Note: This trail is entirely on gravel roads around the Blue Lakes. There are 2 parking areas, one above the dam and one below. The road leading to the trailhead can be difficult for 2WD vehicles.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful but lots of ice and snow now. Sketchy traction but lovely if you want to be surrounded by the mountains with rushing water and pines all around. Easy isn’t really a fair description of this area now with ice and snow packed walking areas but it’s still doable if you’re an average hiker

hiking
1 month ago

Pika everywhere! Watch your footing if you decide to take a shortcut up the hill side to the dam from the upper parking lot. Lots of loose rocks. Even in good hiking boots, I was still sliding. The view from the dam is amazing! Please give the Mountain Goats their room. There were a few eople infringing on their space, chasing them. Not cool!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views. Waterfalls. Mountain goats. Marmots. Aspens, wildflowers, and evergreens. Gravel rocky narrow road. Beautiful blue water. Unkept trail very hard to follow.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Very pretty view from the dam and the drive up. Not much of an actual trail, but can walk around parts of the lake and the reservoir and to the waterfall connecting the lakes. Great option if you don't have much time and want to just drive to a nice view, the road turns to gravel forward the end and can be quite bumpy, 2WD might be difficult in bad weather. There's space to park at both lakes.

walking
2 months ago

Definitely not a “hike”, but AMAZING VIEW! Don’t miss this spot. Easily accessible for anyone to enjoy even if you don’t get out of the car or if you have a stroller or wheelchair. Follow the signs to Blue Lake and take the gravel road until you’re right near the dam. You can walk up by the dam (and there’s also some hiking if you pass the fence for the dam but we didn’t do that), or walk down along the lakes. There’s also a hike by the waterfall but we didn’t do that yet. We saw lots of marmots in the rocks, and come early to see MOUNTAIN GOATS!! We saw at least 20 of them along the rocks to the right of the dam when we got there at around 8:15am, but they started climbing higher and higher as cars arrived for the day and then they were beyond view.

2 months ago

the trail map makes no sense when you get to the site. it has you park on the side of the road and then hike up the same road until you get to the dam. lots of back and fourth to get to that 3.3 miles. there were a lot of campers in the area so it was a lot like just wondering around a strangers campsite. the old homes were cool but despite a sign begging people to tread lightly and treat the places with respect, people were smashing glass and behaving awfully. lots of out of towners and litter.

hiking
3 months ago

Reviews are a bit confusing - there is the scenic gravel road, but also unmaintained forest service trails above the dam. we hiked around for about 2.5 miles on these and were rewarded with beautiful views, wildflowers, marmots, pikas, chipmunks, and even mountain goats! beautiful alpine streams and scenic overlooks. altitude was rough for a Floridian's first day in CO but definitely a good choice for an early hike! not too steep but still gorgeous, and not crazy crowded at 8 am. be sure to keep driving past where the GPS tells you to go to the upper trailhead on the right side of the dam.

hiking
3 months ago

Just beware when you click “directions” from the app, it tries to take you on an unnecessary side road (Monte Cristo) that is too rocky. Stay on Blue Lakes road to get to parking.
Take the downhill trail to the waterfall. Then back to parking and either drive or hike to the dam.

3 months ago

Didn’t bother doing the “hike” when you can see everything from where you park. We strolled down and checked out the cable car house and abandoned mine! That was awesome. The lake itself and the wildflowers were beautiful too. Lots of pika in the rocks. Very easy stroll. We ended up just staying about 45 minutes. Probably a one time visit for us. We parked at the trail head, not the dam though. Sounds like a better hike from the dam.

hiking
3 months ago

Slightly disappointed in this one. We were expecting a little more of a hike but it pretty much dead ends at the waterfall. We drove up to the road and walked up to the top. Cool views from the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Great first day hike with goats and wild flowers. Park up at the dam.

3 months ago

Beautiful, scenic hike. Kids and the dog enjoyed it as well.

3 months ago

Perfect first hike for a vacationing family from lower altitudes. We had hikers from ages 5 to 45. Fairly easy hike but enough boulders to climb to make it interesting. Plus beautiful views and mountain goats!

walking
3 months ago

goats galore is right. great wildlife sightings if you get there early. also an excellent sunrise spot.

4 months ago

Awesome. Easy walk with beautiful wildflowers

4 months ago

Great mountain views. Waterfall views. Good for kids.

4 months ago

The trail on the map is pretty easy. But there is a much better one above the damn. Think the comments are a combination from both trails. Drive past the trail head on the map to the dam. The trail is on the right side of the dam lake. Lots of rocks to climbs but beautiful views.

4 months ago

We took this walk as our get acclimated hike 48 hours into our stay in the mountains. Very easy walk up the road to the dam with beautiful views all the way. Saw a Marmot and spent some quality time with a mountain goat near the dam. The road from the lower lake to the dam is actually better than from highway 9 to the lower lake. So next time we will make the drive up to the dam and hike beyond it, as there are interesting things to see. Loved walking right next to a 14er that seemed both imposing and beautiful. Edit: live and learn. Technically speaking the blue lakes trail really doesn’t begin until you reach the dam. It is located on the north side of the dam. That makes more sense. But still, the walk up the dirt road to get there is beautiful. Glad we did it.

walking
4 months ago

I'm giving this 5 stars, but because of the views, not the hiking. As others have said, this isn't really a hike. It's a great place to go for amazing views with minimal exertion, making it accessible to those who are not able to do real hikes but still want to a chance to experience amazing scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great trail for all ages. Lots of wildlife and the views are spectacular!

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is either overgrown or really rocky, depending on what part. Beautiful views if you persevere. You can get pretty far up the valley following a small trail- much farther than what the current trail map shows. The wildflowers are gorgeous, and there are several streams that you’ll run into as well.

hiking
4 months ago

There's several ways to approach this in the summer. drive to the dam below the 2nd lake. It's not a trail, but an actual rooad. There are Forest Service Trails beyond the dam that are un maintained, but you can follow them. Many waterfalls and creeks feeding the lake, The trail will take you up above 12,000'. Many signs of wildlife and of course goats. Worth the effort!

hiking
4 months ago

I suggest walking down the road to the lake then hiking through the trees and up the waterfall. We also saw a moose down by the abandoned house. There is also a bunch of mountain goats at the top.

4 months ago

So many mountain goats (even a little baby one!) Once walking across the dam, take the path to the left behind the sign. Some of the slate has slid down and covered the path but it is easily traversible as long as you take your time and make sure you have steady footing. Not too far down the path is a waterfall and the higher up you go, the prettier it is! Saw all ages on this path as well and can modified at different points for different skill levels!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice views, not a difficult trail...more a walk up the road. Beautiful lakes, flowers, and even mountain goats.

hiking
5 months ago

Giving two stars for the mountain goats.

It’s not really a hike... just a walk up a road. I did the .6 off shoot next to the water and saw some old abandoned mining cabins, which were cool, but also not technically part of this hike.

The dam at the top has a beautiful view. I’m glad I went, but if I was planning a solid hike I would have been disappointed.

walking
5 months ago

Definitely not a hike, has nothing to do with hiking. It’s an easy walk not moderate. The view from the dam is great also plenty of mountain goats. But you just walk up a dirty road that’s all.

5 months ago

Lots of mountain goats up by dam. Fun little hike. Good bouldering

hiking
5 months ago

Went today for my first time on 5/27/2018, It was pretty windy , lots of snow patches but me and my friend took some sketchy lines and went to the big round boulder rock to the top right of the mountain , it was worth the trek, great views , definitely want to go back in about a month when more of the snow will be gone so I can try and go farther up! We saw about 20 white mountain goats , they came around the cars in the parking lot , they were beautiful ! The lake water level seemed to be low , all in all, beautiful place to go see!

hiking
5 months ago

Counted 14 mountain goats today! Road was clear almost to the top of the lake before the snow was too far across the road. May 12, 2018.

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