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Blue Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 709' 216 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 12,210' 3,722 m
Low: 11,501' 3,506 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

A spectacular wildflower hike above tree-line with a lake; what more do you need?

Zander Göpfert

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Description

To access the trailhead for Blue Lake, you'll have to hike in about two miles on Bridal Veil Trail #636. When you come to a fork in the trail, take the left toward the pointed pyramid-shaped mountain in the skyline, heading up the west-facing switchbacks above you.

Continue up the rocky road beside a sometimes wet, dark rock wall across a couple seasonal stream crossings. As the trail begins to level out into a meadow, look for the old, mining cabin that sits scenically among the grass and bushes. This is a great spot for pictures and a break, but if you have the energy, push on for the last half mile or so to the upper vantage point above the lake.

This beautiful alpine lake sits at the base of a glacial cirque with Three Needles (13,481') to the east and Bridal Peak (13,510') to the southwest. The banks of this lake and much of the surrounding meadows are littered with old mining remains.

Given its proximity to the town of Telluride, this is a must-see, high-alpine view!

Flora & Fauna

Colorado blue columbine, common yarrow, and various species of lupine.

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Sep 23, 2019
Pat Massey
12h 45m
Jun 4, 2018
Sierra Hawksley
5.7mi
May 27, 2018
Jonathon Johnson
May 18, 2018
Michael Smith
Was backpacking with my brother. Made it to blue lake and camped, but very hard to walk in afternoon. Start early, crampons were nice in the morning.
Apr 26, 2018
JC Risewick
Oct 14, 2017
Brandon Hopper
Sep 13, 2017
Michael Geocaris
Nov 10, 2016
Falisha Lynn
Didn't finish. Got too dark 0.6mi

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 8 votes

#12

in Telluride

#10463

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Trail Rankings

#12

in Telluride

#1,019

in Colorado

#10,463

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Photos

Field of columbines.
Jul 25, 2016 near Telluride, CO
Still a bit snowy up high in early June!
Aug 24, 2016 near Telluride, CO
Blue Lake Trail, taken May 18, 2018.
Jun 2, 2018 near Telluride, CO
Blue Lake Panorama the first week of July.
Jul 26, 2016 near Telluride, CO
Lots of snow means lots of waterfalls along the trail.
Aug 24, 2016 near Telluride, CO

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