Bluebird Lake Trail

HARD 23 reviews
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Bluebird Lake Trail is a 12.4 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.

DISTANCE
12.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3087 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

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.

hiking
8 days ago

A little past Ouzel Lake, the trail becomes entirely covered with pretty deep snow. It's packed down so you can walk on top of it, but you lose the trail completely. There are footprints that you can follow to find your way up to the lake, but it's not a definite route. About a 1/4 mile away from the lake there is a very steep section which requires lots of kicking into the snow to make it up the hill. Hiking poles would be a very good thing to bring. The lake is still almost completely covered with ice at the moment.

hiking
8 days ago

Attempted to hike to Upper Ouzel Creek camp 6/15/2017 but given the amount of snow in excess of 4ft starting 1 mile from the camp we had to turn around and head back down. was really hoping the snow would have been more clear but that's the chance you take.

hiking
19 days ago

2 months ago

Had to turn around about 1/4 mile after bridge. Too icy and steep with hiking boots. Saw 3 moose. Hiked 4/14/17

hiking
6 months ago

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.

9 months ago

9 months ago

fly fishing
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
Monday, March 07, 2016

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!

Friday, October 23, 2015

hiking
Saturday, October 10, 2015

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

geocaching
Monday, July 27, 2015

hiking
Thursday, June 11, 2015

This hike offered some of the most amazing beautiful views of nature such an array. I would highly recommend this hike to anyone.

hiking
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Great hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 28, 2013

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 09, 2012

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.