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Blue & Mitchell Lake

 4.6 (29)

Length


5.4 Miles 8.7 Kilometers


864' 263 m

Ascent

-863' -263 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

11,387' 3,471 m

High

10,524' 3,208 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

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An easily accessible, high alpine lake trail surrounded by stunning aspens.

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This high alpine hike is readily accessible from the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, and thus is one of the most popular routes in the area.

If you can, be sure to hit this hike on a nice fall day. The aspens in this area are amazing!
Campfires are not allowed. Camping is only permissible in this zone between December 1 and April 30. From May 1 through November 30, this area is day-use only.

Need to Know

The Brainard Lake Road is open seasonally. During these months, a vehicle fee applies for trailheads located within the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

Description

The wooded Mitchell Lake Trail to Blue Lake enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness near the bridge across Mitchell Creek. It continues on a good trail for 0.5 miles to Mitchell Lake and crosses a bridge over the inlet.

Another 1.5 miles of trail takes you up a slope, then along the creek in an open valley to Blue Lake. This lake lies at tree line below Mount Toll (elevation 12,979 feet), a cone-shaped pinnacle on the Continental Divide. When snowy, it is very easy to lose the trail and close attention is necessary.

Flora & Fauna

Be on the lookout for pika, marmot, and moose! Additionally, this trail is great for fall aspen viewing.

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Jul 15, 2018
Eugene Gaub
great hike 5.4mi
Jul 8, 2018
Helene Gaglioti
5.4mi
Jul 1, 2018
Clancey Potter
Beautiful trail, not difficult, great views the whole way. One stream crossing. Only downside was how crowded it was even though we started around… 7.1mi
Jun 10, 2018
Ash Bellas
Can’t access, the brainard lake road is closed for construction
May 12, 2018
Louize R
Oct 29, 2017
Danielle Rourke
Parked at the Winter Trailhead and hiked the Waldrop trail to south st. vrain trail to Mitchell trail to Mitchell lake. Icy and snowy patches thro… 8mi
Sep 30, 2017
Joel Brewer
Made it to Mitchell lake w/ Adam, Sam, and Tanya! Due to rain and snow we turned around; would love to come back and go all the way to Blue Lake. 2mi
Sep 28, 2017
Dave Flinta

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  4.6 from 29 votes

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