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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Boulder Area

Quick Facts

Bluebird Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,500 Feet (2649.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult to Bluebird Lake
Difficulty: Moderate to Ouzel Falls
Elevation Gain: 2,478 Feet (772.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,978 Feet (3422.1 Meters) at Bluebird Lake
Length: 6.3 Miles (10.5 Kilometers)
Length: 2.7 Miles (4.5 Kilometers) to Ouzel Falls
TI Topo Maps: Rocky Mountain National Park, #200

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This is a long hike to a scenic lake, which includes a trip through a recovering, fire-charred forest. It begins at the Wild Basin Trailhead on the southeast side of the park. Calypso Cascades is reached 1.8 miles from the trailhead. The trail leads past Ouzel Falls and Ouzel Lake on the way to Bluebird Lake. Ouzel Falls is a popular spot where visitors can watch the falls' namesake, (the ouzel, or dipper) plunge into the stream.

The Thunder Lake Trail branches off before the Bluebird Lake Trail leaves the St. Varian Valley. Ouzel Lake, Ouzel Creek and Thunder Lake offer fishing. Ouzel Lake and Creek are catch-and-release. Before fishing, check with the Park Service for license requirements, size and possession limits and other regulations.

Directions from Estes Park: Travel south on Hwy 7 to the turnoff to the Wild Basin Trailhead, between Meeker Park and Allenspark, to the west of the Highway. The Bluebird Lake Trail is located at the Wild Basin trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Spring through Fall .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Ouzel Lake, Ouzel Creek and Thunder Lake offer fishing. Ouzel Lake and Creek are catch-and-release.
ICON Hiking & Walking Bluebird Lake Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Bluebird Lake

Related Activities
Wild Basin Picnic Ground - The Wild Basin Picnic Ground is located on the southeast side of the park, at the Wild Basin Trailhead. It has eight tables but no fire grates.


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