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blueBlack Bluebird Lake Trail


3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,522' 464 m
Descent: -5' -1 m
High: 10,966' 3,343 m
Low: 9,449' 2,880 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)


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Trail shared by Brian Smith

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

Brian Smith

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


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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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!
Jul 22, 2017
Shane Butler
Jun 27, 2017
Shang Shi
First time see an alpine lake and alpine environment! 7.5mi
Jun 6, 2017
Alexandre Pinkalsky

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