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Bluebird Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (15)

A must-do trail leading to a must-see alpine lake.


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3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

Point to Point

10,966' 3,343 m

High

9,449' 2,880 m

Low

1,522' 464 m

Up

5' 1 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Gain access to this trail from the Wild Basin Trailhead via the Thunder Lake Trail.

Start hiking up the initial steep pitch up toward the ridge. The lack of large trees here is due to an intense forest fire that burned the area in the late 1970s. Enjoy the views of surrounding mountains and valleys as you crest the ridge and join Ouzel Creek. From here, the grade lessens and hiking becomes much more easy going.

If you're looking for an extra mile of trail and views of another beautiful lake, consider the Ouzel Lake Trail which will branch off to the left (south) at the 1.5 mile mark. Continuing just past the two mile mark, the grade begins steepening significantly. The trail climbs almost 11,000 feet over the next mile and a half to Bluebird Lake, so get your legs ready.

Expect much trickier navigation on this portion of trail - both in terms of technical difficulty and ease of wayfinding. Work your way up and over large rocky obstacles and keep in mind that the trail generally heads toward the west-southwest here. Eventually, you'll pop out at Bluebird Lake. Staggering views of the surrounding peaks abound.

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Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 15 votes

#3

in Wild Basin

#759

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#3

in Wild Basin

#127

in Colorado

#759

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Blue Bird Lake
Jan 14, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Great views on the way in.
Apr 28, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
An old burn zone along Bluebird Lake Trail. with permission from dreamer 200
Jan 14, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
On the way up to the lake.
Jul 3, 2016 near Grand Lake, CO
Fantastic wildflowers near the lake!
Aug 15, 2017 near Grand Lake, CO

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Sep 6, 2020
David Seco
12.4mi
Jul 24, 2020
Cynthia B.
Jul 28, 2019
Chris Brzezinski
Sep 3, 2018
Kate Muller
Aug 29, 2018
Kieran Murphy
Jul 30, 2018
Andrew Nelson
Continued from wild basin trail up to Ouzel Lake.
Jul 18, 2018
Ryan Brouwer
Aug 14, 2017
John Bowen
Awesome scenery! Tough hiking! Rocky trail!