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Address: Blue Lake Road, South of Ridgway, CO

A challenging and beautiful hiking trail about 10 miles out of town.

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Beautiful trail, challenging but well worth the climb!

We hiked to Lower Blue Lake only as we did not have a ton of time in Ouray area, we wanted to check some other things out that day and not spend the whole day hiking. We got to... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Duluth, Minnesota

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Duluth, Minnesota
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We hiked to Lower Blue Lake only as we did not have a ton of time in Ouray area, we wanted to check some other things out that day and not spend the whole day hiking. We got to the parking lot around 8:30am, the road was very bumpy and had a lot of pot holes. It took us about... More 

1 Thank joh07940
Corrales, New Mexico
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114 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

We chose this trail into the Mt. Sneffel's Wilderness because it was rated as #1 in the area. It certainly is! The first 2/3 is pretty steep but then the trail moderates on up to the first Blue Lake. Older hikers definitely use hiking poles for the ascent and descent back to the trailhead.

1 Thank carylanddon
Breckenridge, Colorado
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345 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We live in CO and hike frequently, but this is my favorite day hike to date! The views, waterfalls (a lot of them!), wildflowers and the lake were spectacular! It's a great workout from the trailhead at the end of the jeep road, so from the bottom it's an all day hike for most! If you have a jeep with... More 

Thank Deanna9
Riec-sur-Bélon, Bretagne, France
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Some of the best fields of wildflowers I have ever seen - around Lower Blue lake. 3.3 miles of up hill well maintained trail to Lower Blue lake. We met some other hikers - all very friendly and talkative, sharing experiences. Took lots of photos of the flowers on the way up and back, The reflections in the lake of... More 

Thank Hank T
Niceville, Florida
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful Hike with incredible scenery. Driving to the top of the falls was a little sporty but made it just fine with a small suv. Would highly recommend. With plenty of breaks...took us 3-4 hrs round trip.

Thank Philip F
Fort Collins, Colorado
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260 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This trail has become a victim of its own popularity. Parking is becoming near impossible and if you are looking for a wilderness experience, this no longer is the case. People do not leash their dogs and they run after the wildlife. Not a good choice for families with children, rather steep.

Thank HikeWineHotSprings
Durango, Colorado
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

This is a very popular hike, lots of people, even on a monday. You can backpack in or camp at the trail head (free) and hike all three lakes the next day. I highly recommend this hike! We did this on our anniversary last summer.

Thank Rachel W
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Breathtaking nature with several springs and waterfalls. Remember to drive all the way up to the beginning of the trail (we walked up the hill and used too much of our strength). It's uphill most of the way to the lake. We can highly recommend it!

Thank Thea M
Aberdeen, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

We loved this trail, it had a nice balance of shady and sunny parts and the payoff was incredible. Get there early for parking in July (before 9am), and while the road was passable in a sedan, it was slow going for the duration (8 miles). Just take your time and go with the flow. Truly one of the best!

Thank Lisa_93922
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Fantastic hike to one of the most picturesque places I've ever visited. It's about 6.6 miles round trip. It's pretty steep and narrow in some places, but not a technical hike. If you're in pretty good shape, you should be fine. Bring lots of water and be prepared for chilly mountain breezes at the lake. Highly recommend!!!

Thank Rachel_gator

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