Blue Lake Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain3,851ft
Trailhead Elevation9,490ft
Elevation Min/Max9346/11031ft
Elevation Start/End9490/9490ft

Blue Lake Trail

Blue Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest and Rawah Wilderness Area. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 9,490 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,851 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking and an information map. This trail connects with the following: West Branch Trail.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
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"The road to this trail runs through the rugged and beautiful canyon created by the Cache la Poudre River, which, like the Big Thompson River originates in the steep peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. The drive is a scenic delight as the canyon walls rise on either side of the road. Chambers Lake is located at the mouth of Poudre Canyon and the Blue Lake trailhead is just past the lake. Tall spruces and firs shade the trail for most of the hike, and it is a pleasant trek even on a hot day, with a constant source of cooling water for your dog."
Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"One of the most popular Cameron Pass area trails offers easy, short, roundtrip excursions; a challenging all-day adventure; or a backpack trip to a pristine mountain lake surrounded by towering mountains. This trail offers almost everything—stately trees, pretty riparian areas, nice meadows, stream crossings, and a winding tree-covered path with striking views. It can be used for a relatively easy, 5-mile, out-and-back trip or moderate-to-difficult, 12.5-mile trip to the lake. Hiking all the way to the lake is an all-day adventure; don’t attempt it if heavy weather is predicted unless you start early and are well prepared, or you may end up dodging lightning bolts. It is a popular overnight destination for backpackers but can also be a moderate to challenging and highly satisfying dayhike if you are fit. If you start at the crack of dawn, you can summit Clark Peak."

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I admit to not having taken all of this hike in any season, but it is a great ski/snowshoe in winter. The one thing it lacks is good views, though there are a few slim views of Chambers Lake and north towards Chambers Peak. The trail has a few steep climbs towards the Wilderness Boundary and a lot of good skiing along the flatter stretches. After crossing into the Rawah it can be extremely tricky to find the trail due to little use. bottom line--good hike summer or winter.

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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Roosevelt National Forest, Canyon Lakes Ranger District
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Poudre River & Cameron Pass
Local Maps

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