Blue Lake

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Blue Lake

Blue Lake Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

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

Activity Feed

Jul 2018