My first time in Telluride, Colorado http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=206883 (thanks Randy for the nice ref pics!), and my first full hiking day of four planned in this beautiful section of the Uncompahgre National Forest.
I'll just ad-lib a little from my hike description of this one so I don't ramble too much -
This Blue Lake Trail offers an opportunity to first view Colorado's highest free-falling water fall (Bridal Veil Falls at 365ft) from bottom to top and then offers some great hiking along the upper ~3 mile section of closed to vehicle traffic CR636 hiking close to roaring, perennial Bridal Veil Creek. Prime season wildflower viewing along this hiking route is just one additional highlight. Also along this route and prior-to arriving at Blue Lake are numerous historic gold and silver mining cabins and mine areas. At the lake, an old miners cabin is situated below the steep pinnacled ridge to the east where a main mine shaft was located.
Blue Lake itself (at 12,202ft elevation) is private property (hikers are welcome) and is the domestic water supply for the Upper San Miguel Valley.
It was a great first day hiking out of expensive Telluride
Part of a 5 day/4 night trip with hiking friend Paul to get out of the June heat of Tucson. We set up camp at a sweet spot near Lizard Head Pass and spent the next 3 days hiking and exploring the area from Telluride to Ouray. This hike out of Telluride was just wonderful! Plenty of mining artifacts to investigate up by the lake. What's not to love about this one?
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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