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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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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
Sep 10, 2017
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Aug 24, 2017
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Aug 20, 2017
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Aug 19, 2017
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Aug 5, 2017
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Minor Issues 36 days ago
Snowy, Icy - still hikeable with slick spots to Mitchell Lake, but towards Blue Lake the river crossing logs are under icy water. Creative methods and traction required
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