The Blue Lake Trail is 1.5 miles long and designated a National Recreation Trail. It begins at the Blue Lake Campground. The trail continues around the west side of the lake to the boat ramp. At least 90 percent of the trail is shaded by picturesque white fir and massive ponderosa pine trees. Deer tracks on the trail often outnumber hikers' tracks. Tree squirrels, ducks, geese, loons and hawks are frequently seen by hikers while walking the trail. The Blue Lake National Recreation Trail is closed to all motorized vehicles.
Blue Lake, at an elevation of 6,000 feet, is a natural lake that sustains a good population of rainbow and brown trout. A boat ramp is available for launching boats. The Blue Lake Campground is a fee campground containing 48 units with piped water, stoves, vault toilets and picnic tables. Handicap accessible restrooms are available and there is an accessible trail to a fishing pier. The managed season of use is from Memorial Day through October 15.
Directions from Likely, CA: Located approximately 15 miles east of Likely and 35 miles south of Alturas. Road not plowed in winter.
Early Spring through Late Fall .