Blue Lake Trail #959
ElevationAscent: 1,727' 527 m
Descent: -1,083' -330 m
High: 11,024' 3,360 m
Low: 9,367' 2,855 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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At the Blue Lake Trailhead, which is just off Hwy 14, there is a parking lot with ample parking, but no services. Just 300 yards down the road at the Long Draw Road Winter Trailhead are restrooms and additional parking.
The trail starts out in a heavily wooded, wide track with a nice, soft, earthy forest floor as your foot path. As you get deeper into the trail, it becomes more rocky, but is generally always a good solid pathway to run on. You'll cross three man-made footbridges along the way as the trail crosses the Joe Wright Creek and Fall Creek, and a few other very small water crossings that can be easily stepped across. As a result, much of the trail is accompanied by the sound of rushing or trickling water and makes for a nice background effect. These provide great places to stop and rest.
Because of the heavy forest, it is much of the same sights and sounds for a good 3-4 miles in to the run, and only catching very briefly framed vistas of Cameron and Clark Peaks. Around mile 4, the forest starts to thin, and you'll be able to enjoy some glimpses of the peaks and alpine meadows, helping to keep you motivated as you get closer to the destination which is the lake itself. Once you've reached the lake, you can turn around and doubleback, or continue on to a junction with the West Branch Trail #960.
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Land Manager: USFS - Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Office
Oct 10, 2019: Firewood available on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District
Oct 8, 2019: National Visitor Use Monitoring Surveys in Progress