Hiking Colorado's Western Slope
Daydreaming of Western Colorado? You’re probably picturing the San Juan Mountains and majestic Mt. Sneffels. If Sneffels is the quintessential mountain in the San Juan range, this is its quintessential trail.
Strenuous but spectacular, steep yet stunning, the trail to Blue Lakes takes you above timberline to within 2,400 feet of the top of 14,150-foot Mt. Sneels. These three alpine lakes are full of crimson-colored Colorado River cutthroat trout, and they’re surrounded by Mt. Sneels, 13,308-foot Dallas Peak to the north, 13,694-foot Gilpin Peak to the south, and an unnamed 13,242-foot high extension of Mears Peak to the west.