Big Blue Lake Route
ElevationAscent: 1,481' 451 m
Descent: -295' -90 m
High: 7,444' 2,269 m
Low: 5,968' 1,819 m
GradeAvg Grade: 22% (12°)
Max Grade: 65% (33°)
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“A challenging cross-country route between Hogan and Upper Albert Lakes via Big Blue Lake.”— Bruce Hope
You won't see Neil Lake until the very end of the climb. A more definite use trail starts here and takes you to Big Blue Lake. The intense blue of the water in this pristine and beautiful lake is enhanced by being set against the light-colored rock walls that surround it. There are a few good campsites at Neil Lake and the west end of Big Blue.
The use trail continues on the level along the north side of the lake and fades near its east end (there are a few marginal campsites here). From the east end of Big Blue, work your way about half way up the slope and then do a rising traverse eastward to the obvious notch in the ridge just south of Point 7654. Do not drift toward the notch west of this point, as that will take you across some really loose terrain and, if you persist, into the wrong drainage.
From the notch, work your way east and down, choosing a route that works for you, to Upper Albert Lake and a junction with the Upper Albert Lake Trail. This route is best done counterclockwise.
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