Blue & Mitchell Lake

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5.4 Miles 8.7 Kilometers


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864' 263 m

Ascent

-863' -263 m

Descent

11,387' 3,471 m

High

10,524' 3,208 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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

Tom Robson

Overview

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.
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!
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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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Sep 5, 2016
Jackie Sharpe
5.4mi — 4h 00m
Sep 4, 2016
Marlor Barvira
Aug 28, 2016
Charlotte Thompson
Easy hike, beautiful scenery 5.4mi
Jul 30, 2016
Scott Duesing
BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Jul 23, 2016
Ellen Jardine
A real gem that is easily accessible to any adventure seeker! 5.1mi
Jul 3, 2016
Christine Meche
Oct 10, 2015
Nate Gu
Aug 16, 2015
Ed Pfromer
Got there early to beat crowds (7am). Saw a moose in distance on Mitchell Lake. Still flowers up near Blue Lake. — 2h 35m

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