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Blue Lakes Trail to Blue Lakes Pass, CO

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 11,842 feet
Elevation Gain 1,200 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,500 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.1
Interest Ruins, Historic, Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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Mount Sneffels via Yankee Boy Basin
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2  2007-07-15 Grasshopper
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep
Sun  7:24am - 5:21pm
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Official Route
1 Alternative
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Mount Sneffels via Yankee Boy Basin
Mount Sneffels via Yankee Boy Basin
0.7 mi away
1.1 mi
1,693 ft
Liberty Bell Mine
3.5 mi away
3.2 mi
1,890 ft
Blue Lakes Trail #201
Blue Lakes Trail #201
3.5 mi away
8.6 mi
2,750 ft
Blaine Basin Tr#203 to Lower & Upr Basin
3.6 mi away
3.7 mi
2,000 ft
Jud Wiebe Trail
Jud Wiebe Trail
3.8 mi away
3.3 mi
2,360 ft
Imogene Pass
3.8 mi away
7.4 mi
5,537 ft
Sneffels Highline Trail
Sneffels Highline Trail
3.9 mi away
13.4 mi
3,500 ft
San Miguel River Trail
San Miguel River Trail
4.0 mi away
2.7 mi
170 ft
Telluride Trail
4.1 mi away
2.6 mi
2,000 ft
Bear Creek Canyon
Bear Creek Canyon
4.2 mi away
4.8 mi
2,293 ft
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Blue Lakes Trail to Blue Lakes Pass is a 2.6 mile round trip hike with 1,500 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 34 miles south of Montrose Colorado. A high clearance 4x4 vehicle and a competent driver is recommended to access the trailhead. July and August are the best months to enjoy this hike.

Overview: In July the drive into Yankee Boy Basin and/or hike to Blue Lakes Pass at 13,000ft (or beyond to Blue Lakes) is a solid "five star" adventure and not to be missed if spending a few days in the Ouray, CO area; July wildflowers, waterfalls, perennial creeks, and stellar near and distant views of this section of the Uncompahgre Wilderness high peaks is a must experience;

Check out the Official Route.

    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From Ouray, CO: just south of town on Hwy 550 past first switchback then on uphill climb turn right(west) on signed CO 361 Camp Bird Mine/Yankee Boy Basin Road; Continue on this CO 361maintained high clearance road for ~4.6mls to view of Camp Bird Mine/Tailings on left, veer right and continue for an additional mile or so to another junction "passing" the turn-off on left for Imogene Pass and the old mining/ghost town of Sneffels; You are now in Yankee Boy Basin area; Continue driving straight on CO26 (possibly not signed as such) and quickly becoming a 4WD road from ~1.8mls to the "official" Parking/TH Start for the Blue Lakes Trail; You can also find a parking location just off the shoulder of this CO26 and day hike 4WD CO26 for the ~1.8ml distance to the TH Start.. See posted 7/15/07 GPS Tracks with "key" way points for additional details;
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