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Blue Lakes Trail

Gore + Mosquito Range, Colorado

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  • Emotive expressions of Blue Lake mountain goats.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Beautiful mountain lake views.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Mountain goats in their natural habitat.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Mountain goats basking in the sun.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Beautiful mountain lake views.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Snow-capped peaks in the distance.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Mountain goats, they're everywhere.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Mountain goats are majestic from all angles.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Beautiful mountain lake views.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Early summer views of the Blue Lakes.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Snow hangs around into the late spring and early summer.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • The shores of one of the lakes.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Colorful vegetation.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Mountain goats are nimble creatures.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Looking down at one of the lakes.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Mountain goats on a crag.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • A mountain goat and a marmot.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • A waterfall near Blue Lake.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • The road to the trailhead.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Very rocky trail.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Mountain goats in the parking area.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Upper Blue Lake.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Wildflowers on the upper trail.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • The first old mining building.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • The second old mine building.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Upper Blue Lake at the dam.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Overview from Upper Blue Lake.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Lower Blue Lake.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Bridge crossing.- Blue Lakes Trail
  • Waterfall on the left before reaching Lower Blue Lake.- Blue Lakes Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife viewing. Moderate hike. Great views.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Road is rough and four-wheel drive may be needed.
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Region:
Gore + Mosquito Range, CO
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
378.00 ft (115.21 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
11,381.00 ft (3,468.93 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Did you know that it’s possible to tell how old a mountain goat is by counting the rings on the goat’s horns? Explore Blue Lakes Trail and you may be lucky enough to spot a couple of mountain goats!

Blue Lakes Trail is the perfect afternoon hike for adventurers in the Breckenridge area looking to stretch their legs and enjoy the local scenery. This hike features beautiful mountain views, a nice-sized lake, and a variety of wildlife species. A herd of mountain goats is known to roam in this area and feasts on the salt and other minerals present in the soil and rock.

After hiking and exploring the trail overlooking the lake, adventurers can relax on the shores of the lake and enjoy a late afternoon picnic or visit the nearby waterfalls, which are especially intense during the spring snow melt.

While the herd is tolerant of hikers and adventurers, take care to keep your distance, especially when young are present in the herd. Keep dogs on a leash at all times. The road leading to the lake is rough, and four-wheel drive may be needed when the road is in poor condition. The road can also be hiked if you find it impassable in your vehicle. Snowshoes are recommended in the winter.

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