Bridal Veil Falls to Blue Lake

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Uncompahgre National Forest

Bridal Veil Falls to Blue Lake is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Telluride, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,843 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

snow

Park at the top of Bridal Veil Falls and begin walking the road past the falls and up towards Bridal Veil Basin. It's about 3 miles one way. There is some interesting old mine equipment all around the lake area. The lake itself is really nice with a view south of the Needles. Columbine Lake is right over the ridge from Blue Lake to the south. You can take the road all the way to Lewis Lake. That would add just over 5 miles total and you would be in Bridal Veil Basin at that point. The road follows Bridal Veil creek the whole way, so you are in a canyon on this hike. There are still great views despite that.

Amazing views and unique trail!

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scramble
snow
6 days ago

This was an amazing hike. Our car couldn’t make it to the top so we had to start at the bottom of the falls and hike up to the top. This hike was amazing, filled with snow the further back you got. Some areas were pretty sketchy with icy snow hill on trail with a steep drop down the other side. Wearing outdoor hiking shoes, our shoes got soaked. Lots of water running down the trail from melting snow. We got about a mile back and had to turn around because it was 5:30 PM, temperature was dropping, and the snowier it got the more back we went. Another hiking couple turned around at this same point. Can’t wait to do this again with less snow (or leaving earlier in the day.)

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icy
7 months ago

Completed this hike on 10/14. Trail is in good shape. There were a few areas of ice that i had to navigate around. In one section, ice was covering the whole trail. The lake is beautiful and worth the hike. I passed only two other people on the trail. Great Hike!

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rocky
7 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

Stunning views! one of the prettiest hikes I've done. The discarded mining equipment and operations scattered throughout is also interesting. This is more of a difficult than moderate hike, it is all uphill on gravel/rocks. And like others mention, it is 6.6 mi from the gate at Bridal Veil. Absolutely worth it for the views and the lake. We took our dog and her pads were sore from the rock by the end, but plenty of water for her to drink. The trail isn't marked, so make sure to stay left at the fork.

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rocky
8 months ago

Great hike, however it was much longer than most people on the trail expected. From the trail head which is the top of bridal veil falls where the power plant is (the house at the top of the fall), it’s 3.3 miles to Blue Lake making it a 6.6 mile hike round trip. However, if you don’t have a 4x4 car and can’t make it all the way up the dirt road, you’ll have to hike that portion adding on a couple miles. From the start of the dirt road to the top of Bridal Veil Falls, it’s 2 miles. If your car can make it halfway up the road to the bottom of the falls and you park there, it’s about a 1 mile hike to the trail head. Depending where you park, it can change a 6.6 mile hike into a 8.6 mile hike so keep that in mind. It is much chillier at the lake than it is at the start of the trail head so be prepared with layers. The beginning of the hike is a steady gradual incline but as you get closer to the top, it becomes steeper switchbacks. You’ll come to a couple cross roads on this hike, to reach Blue Lake, make sure you stay left at both cross roads. Otherwise you’ll end up on a much steeper hike to Silver lake or a much longer hike to Lewis Lake. My dog loved it, and instantly jumped in the lake for a swim when we made it to the top. There was enough running water along the hike for him to drink as well.

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rocky
8 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

Great hike that gains about 2,300 elevation. It’s actually 6.6 round trip (sign says 3.3 to Blue Lake from the start) but well worth it! Every where we looked had awesome views and wonderful scenery.

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no shade
rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

most beautiful!!! the views are amazing all the way through. need a 4x4 high clearancr vehicle to the trail head. trail all up hill to the lake

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9 months ago

Absolutely stunning trail. We were so glad we drove up to the power station so that we could fully appreciate the beauty of the rest of the hike. I was astounded by how many wildflowers there were as we came up, and it was still absolutely gorgeous above tree line! Views for days. Would definitely recommend this hike to anyone visiting Telluride!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike!! Lots of waterfalls and the wildflowers were top notch. It was a painting for the eyes. There were countless waterfalls. So beautiful! We were lucky and found the last parking spot near the powerhouse (you’ll know it’s a parking area because the road turns to a one lane road afterwards). I would recommend leaving early and go on a weekday to score a good parking spot. Also, four wheel drive made the road easier to travel on. There were a few huge gullies.

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9 months ago

Beautiful trail, so many waterfalls. I live in Phx, az area, altitude made this tough. It felt much longer than it was. The way back down was a breeze, some loose rock, careful where you step. There were very few flat portions of trail, either all up or all down. It is one of the prettiest trails I've been on. soooo many wild flowers!!! (mid August)

9 months ago

This trail is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever done! There are a multitude of water falls and amazing scenery throughout. The trial is clear the entire way but it’s definitely an uphill climb at several points. Lots of beautiful flora along the path. The blue lake is absolutely astonishing!!

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9 months ago

Nice day. Trail wide open. Great scenery. Saw a black bear and a marmot. Perfect day hike.

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9 months ago

Beautiful day hike. Would recommend driving to the top, you can hike the road but it’s very busy with cars and not nearly as beautiful as the actual hike. The hike itself is easy enough but a steady incline the entire way makes it a bit challenging. Blue Lake is a site to see!

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muddy
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

AMAZING HIKE! You will need a 4x4 to get to trail head. Moderate hard. Up all 3 Miles’s. Sound of the water most of the way. Waterfalls and streams all over. Wildflowers! Blue Lake is so pretty! 2L water, sunscreen and bug spray. The plant I Plant is poisonous not sure what it is., brushed my leg on it, stung and flared up. Hydrocortisone took care of it!

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9 months ago

This trail is a moderate difficulty trail ascending up an old mine road to a beautiful blue green lake. The lake still was partially frozen over. The trail had many creek crossings running over the road. This trail has plenty scenery along the way. The bonus is starts at Bridal Veil Falls. This is a must see trail when visiting Telluride! This one is goes into our top 5 list in the US.

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10 months ago

nice pitch most of the way. lot of water on trail so wear boots. beautiful lake at the end

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10 months ago

This is a decent hike with a lot of nice waterfalls along the way. Compared to other trails in the area, however, it comes up short. The trail is a gravel road the whole way, definitely not my favorite surface for hiking. The lake is in a nice spot, although again compared to other lakes around it is not as scenic. There are some interesting mine buildings on the hike, although there are a lot of rusty pipes and other parts laying around the lake. It is more of an industrial wasteland than unspoiled wilderness. There was a little snow near the lake, but it wasn't a problem for hiking. There was a lot of ice in the lake yet, which made the water very cold, but refreshing. In spite of some of the downsides of the hike, I still had a very enjoyable hike and it is a worthwhile journey, if not the first choice for a Telluride hike.

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10 months ago

Amazing hike - too many waterfalls to count along the way. Wildflowers, pika and marmots too. Some significant avalanche debris but nothing that really effects the trail. Little snow left near the top so nothing special needed. Blue lake still has ice in it and a really beautiful setting for sure. you need AWD or 4x4 to get up to the start- I was able to get a small 2WD SUV up about a mile up bridal veils trail/road before I got hung up and had to park.

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10 months ago

Trail still crosses some small snow patches near the lake, but it’s totally doable in hiking boot (micro spikes would help but not needed). Lake is still about 3/4 frozen, but it is beautiful in the basin with all of the snow still around the high country.

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10 months ago

Spectacular! Most scenic hike I have ever done. Some snow to hike through. Both the journey and destination were magical.

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muddy
snow
10 months ago

very wet and snowy but doable

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