Blue Lakes Trail: Alpine Lakes Hiking Adventure in Colorado

Embark on a visually stunning journey through Colorado's Mount Sneffels Wilderness to explore the vivid turquoise waters of the Blue Lakes, set against the backdrop of majestic mountains.

Last updated: May 2024

    Free (No permit or parking fees)


    More than 500 Miles from you


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  1. Start at the Blue Lakes Trailhead: Located just outside of Ridgeway, Colorado. Follow CO Rd 7 for about 9 miles to reach the trailhead.
  2. Hike to the Lower Blue Lake: A 7-mile round trip from the trailhead, offering stunning views of the turquoise lake.
  3. Continue to the Upper Lakes: For a 9-mile round trip, with an option to extend to the pass for a 12-mile journey.
  4. Enjoy the Views: Take time at each lake to enjoy the unique beauty and snap photos.
  5. Return: Follow the same path back to the trailhead.



Blue Lakes Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424

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  • Comfortable hiking boots or trail runners.
  • Water and snacks for the hike.
  • Layered clothing for variable weather.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Camera or smartphone for photos.
  • Optional: Hiking poles, headlamp, GPS device.

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