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Backpacking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Quick Facts

Blue Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,520 Feet (2902 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,280 Feet (390 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3292 Meters)
Length, One-way: 7.2 Miles (11.6 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 959
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

This trail near Cameron Pass, west of Fort Collins, leads to Blue Lake. The trail follows the Fall Creek drainage to Blue Lake. Panoramic views of the Mummy Range and Rocky Mountain National Park are available in the Blue Lake/Hang Lake area. The trail leads through portions of the Rawah Wilderness.

Horses are prohibited on the Blue Lake Trail from May 15 to September 15 annually to help reduce adverse impacts on the trail and lake area.

Overnight use is not permitted in the Blue Lake Closure Area. Overuse and abuse in the past have resulted in severe damage to the areas around the lakes and a closure has been implemented to allow the area to recover. Camping along the trial may be limited due to the high popularity of this drainage.

Directions from Fort Collins: Travel west on Hwy 14 for 62 miles. The Trailhead is located about 2 miles east of Joe Wright Reservoir. Parking is available at the trailhead.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Brian
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: There is no words to describe the view at the lake. It was really that beautiful up there. However because of the location of the lake, it was a steep hike to get to it. Not to mention the saddle you have to go over to the lake.
Conditions: There was snow towards the saddle and at the lake. The rest of the trail was pretty rocky and muddy.
Water Availability: Water was not an issue, there was a river that ran parallel to the trail the majority of the way

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Blue Lake Trail
ICON Cross-country Skiing Blue Lake Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Blue Lake Trail

Related Activities
Chambers Lake Campground - Chambers Lake Campground sits adjacent to Chambers Lake, 60 miles west of Fort Collins, at an elevation of 9,200 feet.

West Branch Trail - This trail is located west of Fort Collins, along the West Branch of the Laramie River. It leads into the Rawah Wilderness where it intersects several other trails.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Estes Park Chamber Resort Association, 500 Big Thompson Ave. , Estes Park, CO, 80517, Phone: 800-44-ESTES, Fax: 970-586-6336, www.rockymtntrav.com/estes


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