Explore the most popular camping trails near Ridgway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was by far the most beautiful place that I have ever seen. We camped near the parking lot the night before and woke up before dawn to start hiking (we had a 6 hour drive back home). We started hiking at 5:15 and got to the lower lake at 8:00. We're not great hikers either. This time included many breaks to catch our breath and we stopped to eat breakfast as well. The trail itself to the lower lake wasn't too hard. I actually thought it was rather easy. The trail to the second lake had a lot steeper inclines and loose rocks. but it was definitely manageable. The trail to the third lake was dirt with a slight incline. The lower lake is so great, and I HIGHLY recommend not stopping at that. Even if you don't go all the way to the second lake, at least start heading there because looking down in the first lake from above is insanely gorgeous and worth the trip. It took us about an hour to get to the second lake, and maybe 15 minutes from there to get to the third. Overall, we were back to the campsite by noon, including many stops for photos and just taking in the view. I would go back 100 times.

This was a great hike filled with wildflowers and alpine lakes. The beginning of the hike is mainly through the woods and wasn’t as bad as I thought based on reviews here. Still took plenty of breaks but the trail was well maintained. I found this same section much harder on the way down due to loose rocks. Anyways, we had planned to sleep over but we made it to lower lake in less than 3 hours, so we just decided to drop our packs and hike all the way to upper lakes. You won’t be able to see all 3 lakes at once unless you hike the pass (which we didn’t do). Decided to just make it a day hike since it went faster than expected. I thought this hike was moderate and I’m 6.5 months pregnant and don’t live at altitude. Overall, it’s beautiful and can definitely be a day hike. Again the way out was worse than in due to loose rocks. Poles are essential on this hike and definitely wouldn’t recommend it if it’s raining heavily.

hiking
6 days ago

One of the most amazing places I have been!
Hiked this trail on 7/8. Directions took us up West Dallas Creek and we could not access because it was private property. Make sure to use Dallas Creek road and it is easy to get to from there! The first mile/mile and a half is steep, but the rest of the hike is moderate. Get there earlier because it can get hot hiking up to the lake and also serious thunderstorms roll in around 3pm. Saw some people with one bottle of water... its a moderate/hard hike so make sure you bring plenty of water.
The views are SO worth the hike. The third lake is difficult to get to b/c it is a climb, but it is more secluded and absolutely gorgeous. Sat there and watched people summiting Sneffels and climbing the pass. One of the most amazing places I have been!!

hiking
9 days ago

Did this hike on a Sunday 7/1/18. The most beautiful hike I have ever done! Also one of the hardest. There are 3 lakes in total. The first lake is the easiest to get to and is beautiful in its own right. The middle and upper lake are up a more secluded trail that is to the left of the lower lake. They are stunning. This is when the trail got pretty difficult for me because it was basically straight uphill. But man was it worth it to see the upper lakes! Hiking to all 3 lakes is closer to 8.5 miles total. We got to the trailhead by 8am and had the trail up to ourselves. The way down was super packed though and super hot. Definitely go early and try to make it to the upper lakes if you can!

hiking
10 days ago

So gorgeous and not too difficult. Left a bit late and was hit by a thunderstorm around 2pm. Bring a rain jacket if there's any possibility of rain.

An interesting and beautiful trail with a rewarding sudden view of the lower Blue Lake. There are places to camp and cook. The upper two lakes are worth the effort, but harder to get to. A 'don't miss' hike.

hiking
11 days ago

The Blue Lake is well worth the 3 mile hike. The water is stunning and truly an amazing sight. I would definitely hike again and hopefully go farther onto Blue Lake Pass.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful hike! Definitely challenging though, especially in the first mile. It’s probably harder if you’re not acclimated too (like me). However, the views were soooo worth it!! Wildflowers were in full bloom and we watched the fish in the Blue Lake for about an hour after deciding to go down. We hiked it up in about 1hr 45min and back down in 1 hour (we didn’t continue onto Blue Lakes Pass). Lots of people on the trail this time of year. Would definitely do it again.

Wow this was a tough climb. After being at altitude for six days, I thought I was ready for a 14er. This hike kicked my tail but I was so impressed with the guidance from AllTrails. The pics and reviews helped my prep towards success.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike! The last mile is the steepest part of the hike and the reward at the top is a bit of heaven on earth

hiking
13 days ago

Stunning views the whole way! Everything was beautiful - colorful wild flowers, scenic vistas & aspen groves. Would definitely hike again.

backpacking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike. It's actually an added 1.5 miles one way to get to the upper lakes. This hike is very strenuous, be prepared for steep inclines and some slippery loose rocks.

hiking
13 days ago

Did this AFTER blue lake so we were already pretty dang sore. Plus the end is not a gorgeous lake...it is a beautiful valley but still not the same. Not as many people so it’s worth it

hiking
13 days ago

Truly a breathtaking hike!! It was a rough climb up but the lake is a dream.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful! Hiked today (7/6/18) and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Absolutely gorgeous being in the basin with three waterfalls, flowers, and looking up at Sneffels. Same trailhead as blue lakes, which was absolutely packed. There were two pages filled up with people going to blue lakes. Only about 6 groups for Blaine Basin. It was super quiet for the most part. Definitely would hike this one again.

Must do hike. So far our favorite scenic hike we have done second to Hawaii! The turquoise color is AMAZING! Only went to first lake . From our car to first lake and back was 7.2 miles. Total time was 3 hours 45 min.
We did take several quick rest stops. All the way up was stunning . So worth the climb!

hiking
17 days ago

Breathtaking!

Poles were helpful on the switchbacks on the way up and back down.

Super tough but also pretty exciting!

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike! The payoff towards the end is worth the effort!

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Wildflowers were in full bloom. Gorgeous day and all around amazing hike. Not for the faint of heart though. The extra mile to the upper two lakes was the most strenuous of the hike. Bottom lake was actually the most impressive. Made it up to the top lake of three and back with a couple snack stops in 5.5 hours. Started at 9:30am and it was a bit hot on the descent.

18 days ago

Beautiful!

hiking
18 days ago

When the lake comes into view, it will take your breath away! The first 2/3 of the hike is pretty intense climbing and you are in the interior of the forest. But, once you get into the clearing, you will have some amazing long range views! I would definitely recommend this hike and suggest you endure the climb and don't give up... the payoff is worth it!

This trail is very hard. It is the hardest 14er we have completed. We started from the upper trail head. Ascending and descending the gulley is very difficult. Glad we did it. One and done!

hiking
19 days ago

I have hiked the Dallas Trail several times, and always left out from the Blue Lakes trail head and hiked up to Wilson's Creek summit, and bypassing the Blaine Basin. I've been missing out. It's a beautiful spot, and while the climb is a bit tough for some folks, the effort is worth it. In June, plenty of water to be found up there.

hiking
19 days ago

The first 1.5miles were a doozy. Coming from Denver I believe the elevation start also played a factor as well as the steep incline out the gate. Once you get to mile 2.5 it opens up to some beautiful meadows, wild flowers and views of breathtaking high peaks. Def worth the steps. It took us 3 hours to get to the lower Blue Lakes and down. The upper lakes were only listed at being 1 mile more but it was very steep.

A must do hike in Colorado. It is worth doing the extra mile or so to the two upper lakes for the views and the wildflowers.

backpacking
24 days ago

Absolute favorite hike/ views to date. Hike was not 6.2 miles. From the trailhead, it’s only 3.3 miles to the lower lake which is stunning. If you want to hike an additional mile or so, you can reach the upper lakes. If you’re feeling real adventurous, you can hike up a little further to the pass at 13,000 ft. As with any mountain, it gets cooler and windier as you hike up so come prepared with layers and lots of water. Difficult climb in the beginning with lots of switchbacks but trust me, it’s worth it.

Difficult but worth the views! Lots of elevation gain in a short distance and a lot of hiking on scree. Get ready for a workout on the way up and be cautious on the way down, I slipped on the the scree and landed on my butt a couple times! Also, be careful taking your pups on this one, the rocks can make for very sore and bloody paws! My schnauzer made it all the way up but I had to carry him the last half of the top on the way down.

hiking
28 days ago

This is definitely a challenging hike, but the payoff at the end is stunning. The first mile is the steepest but really it is a steady incline with few reprieves all the way to the lake. I’d suggest starting early in the morning. Even at high altitude it was very hot in mid-June when we started at 11. Make sure to bring bug spray and a lot of water. We made it up in about 2 1/2 hours and down in a little under 2 hours.

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