Published on October 6th, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin0
Blue Lakes Trail
About an hour outside of Telluride, lies one of the coolest hikes in Colorado, Blue Lakes Trail and Pass. We found out about this hike and had to go after it; imagine turquoise lakes lying at the bottom of giant peaks, still littered with snow, then turning around and there’s a never ending valley dropping to the horizon. We decided that it would be best to camp the night before at the start of the trailhead so we could get up and get moving when the sun was rising. Once you start wondering up the 8 mile round trip, you start catching glimpses of the glacial water rushing down the canyon and we even came across a few elk checking us out.
The trail wasn’t too difficult, just a bit strenuous at times on some of the steeper traverses up the sides of the waterfalls. After a few hours and 3.5 miles of hiking into the Mt. Sneffels wilderness area, we reached the lower Blue Lake. From there you can choose to stop there, or you can continue to the two upper lakes another half mile up, which offers some of the best views you’ll ever see. The lower Blue Lake is the largest of the three, offering a place to set up camp if you plan on hiking Mt. Sneffels, ranked 27th in height of Colorado’s fourteeners. If that’s your plan, plan on bringing all of your backpacking gear and some warm clothes due to a fire ban in that area. We try not to forget where we live, Colorado has some of the most amazing places to get away, Blue Lakes is one of our favorite spots, Get out there and explore it for yourself.
Written & Photos by; Kyle Schwartz @backcountrylostboy