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Blue Lakes Trail #201West, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking8.80 Miles 2,482 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   8 Hrs   55 Mns   0.99 mph
2,482 ft AEG
 
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I drove to the trailhead on Co Rd 7 from HW62 the afternoon before my hike . Much of the road is gravel but is car friendly. Views along the road of the mountains ahead and the Fall colors were a real bonus. I found a nice dispersed campsite within easy walking distance of the trailhead thus avoiding the hassle of finding a parking spot in the crowded parking lot the next morning. There are no regular campgrounds with restrooms, tables and garbage dumpsters but there are quite a few places for dispersed camping. These were mostly full but having a 4WD vehicle made it possible to get into a site that RVs and 2WD vehicles couldn't get to.

This is a popular hiking destination so I met lots of people on the trail. Because of my slow pace and frequent stops to chat and take photos, I would meet most of these people twice. Once as they passed me on the way up and again on their way back down. The trail passes through a scenic forest of conifers and patches of Aspen on the lower section which start to thin out as you get to lower Blue Lake. The trees completely disappear when you get above the tree line at the middle lake and beyond. The lower lake is the largest and by far the most scenic. But making the strenuous climb to the middle lake is well worth the extra effort because of the views from the trail looking down on the lower lake and across the valley to the surrounding peaks.
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