Blue Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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Blue Lake’s name is so mundane that hikers reaching its shore for the first time may be shocked by the lake’s drama. Blue Lake is not notably bluer than Blue Lake to the north in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Glacier Gorge. The Indian Peaks Blue Lake, because it is relatively close to its trailhead, frequently receives its visitors early enough in the day to catch the reflection from the blue sky, which doubtless encouraged its naming. However, many hikers arrive early enough in the season to see the lake’s surface covered by ice and any blue in the water is scarcely noticeable. The introduction to this spectacle also is very impressive. An easy walk through magnificent subalpine forest opens on Mitchell Lake, the first of trailside vistas of Mount Toll.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Blue Lake’s name is so mundane that hikers reaching its shore for the first time may be shocked by the lake’s drama.

Blue Lake is not notably bluer than Blue Lake to the north in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Glacier Gorge. The Indian Peaks Blue Lake, because it is relatively close to its trailhead, frequently receives its visitors early enough in the day to catch the reflection from the blue sky, which doubtless encouraged its naming. However, many hikers arrive early enough in the season to see the lake’s surface covered by ice and any blue in the water is scarcely noticeable. The introduction to this spectacle also is very impressive. An easy walk through magnificent subalpine forest opens on Mitchell Lake, the first of trailside vistas of Mount Toll.

© 2017 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 5.0
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Ward
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Lake

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