Bluebird Lake Trail is a 16 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November.
Directions from Estes Park: Travel south on Hwy 7 to the turnoff to the Wild Basin Trailhead, between Meeker Park and Allenspark, to the west of the Highway. The Bluebird Lake Trail is located at the Wild Basin trailhead.
This is by far my most favorite hike ever! We did have to park a mile from the trail head due to so many people so arrive before 10 am. There were small waterfalls everywhere along the sides of the mountains along the trail. Bring bug spray, we got chewed up by flies and mosquitoes. We did see a moose as well. It is a gorgeous hike and can't wait to do it again. We did encounter a small patch of snow on the path, but it was no problem. Hiked this July 8, 2016.
Awesome hike. Love the diversity of habitats and multiple scenic stops along the way. Saw three moose between upper and lower Ouzel lakes. Highly recommended.
Incredible hike with a lot to see. This hike offers 3 waterfalls and 2 lakes. You also get to see the damage from the 1978 fire, and the subsequent new growth. We also got to see a moose on this hike. That is the only moose we have ever seen on the east side of RMNP.
One of the best Hikes, smell the old growth spruce as you hike past waterfalls, lakes, high meadows, old burns, and beautiful lake/wildflowers/streams! Biodiversity Rich! Take your time, go slow, and enjoy this one!
Really interesting spiders and beautiful views of the peaks around you. Trail was easy for me to get mixed up on considering there are 3 trails (possibly) I saw descending into the tree line that look quite similar. If you're not comfortable with moose, I'd be on the look out and stay on the trail. Haha
This hike offered some of the most amazing beautiful views of nature such an array. I would highly recommend this hike to anyone.
Loved this hike! Fantastic views and we saw a deer and marmot on the way and lots of Marmots and flowers up by the lake. We skipped Ouzel Lake, but you get a decent view from the trail. Bring water and wear sunscreen: a decent chunk of the hike is through an old burn area and there is not much shade to be found.
Great hike, absolutely beautiful views. Till you get past the falls expect to have company, after it's a bit more secluded. The water along the trail was a huge bonus and created beautiful treats along the way till bluebird lake. I would recommend this! Be prepared, it's a long one.
Great hike and is moderate up until the last 1.5 miles with approximately the last .5 miles being strenuous. Beautiful scenery the whole way and wildflowers were still in bloom toward the top of the hike.
On July 23, 2011 hiked within about a mile of the lake. At that point an avalanche had knocked down trees across the trail and it appeared dangerous to proceed. Recommend checking with Rocky Mountain national Park rangers as to trail status.
Alternative is to hike to Ouzel Lake. It is within 2 miles of Bluebird and provides most of the same wonderful views, but the trail to Ouzel Lake is more user friendly. Both Hikes are in Rocky Mountain National Park. Another alternative is the hike to Thunder Lake.
Recommend parking at the Trail head by 8 AM on weekends.