Colorado Mines Peak and Blue Lake Trail

Denver, Colorado 80002

Colorado Mines Peak and Blue Lake Trail

Colorado Mines Peak and Blue Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Berthoud Pass, elevation 11,300 feet, was discovered in 1861, relatively late in the mapping and exploration of these mountains.

The man who discovered this deep notch in the sky-high ridge was Swiss-born engineer Edward Louis Berthoud. His plan was to build a road across the ridge, but he was unable to raise sufficient money. Thus, his idea languished until the road to the north across Rollins Pass was completed in 1873. The Berthoud Pass road was built and paid for by the bustling and silverrich town of Georgetown that lies to the south."

Colorado Mines Peak and Blue Lake Trail Trip Reports

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7/18/2010
Wonderful wildflower hike in mid-July. We found a trail through the woods at the first switchback in the road that took us to just below timberline. Above timberline, we found another trail that took us to the ridge, were it petered out. Once you head down to the lake, we found another intermittent trail. We only met 2 other hikers, and this was on a Sunday!
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Trail Information

Denver
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
1,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Best June to August
Season
11,250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,300 feet
Top Elevation
Arapaho National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Berthoud Pass; Trails Illustrate Winter Park, Central City, Rollins Pass
Local Maps

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