Blue Lakes #201

The Blue Lakes Trail #201 begins at the Blue Lakes Trailhead on Forest Service Road #851.1 and ends at the Blue Lakes Trailhead on Forest Service Road #853.1B. After passing through a gate, the trail reaches a “Y” at approximately 0.14 miles. Continue to the right to follow the Blue Lakes Trail. The trail ascends through a forest of spruce/fir and reaches the Mt. Sneffels Wilderness boundary in approximately 1.4 miles, where Wilderness Regulations apply. It passes through meadows that provide spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. At approximately 3.2 miles, the trail reaches the Blue Lakes where fishing for Cutthroat Trout can be good. The trail continues southeast and then east to a series of steep switchbacks leading to Blue Lake Pass, at 13,000 feet, which is reached in approximately 3.9 miles. It leaves the wilderness and In approximately 0.7 more miles you will descend off the pass and come to the Blue Lakes Trailhead in Yankee Boy Basin.

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, and Fishing.
Closest Towns: Ridgeway, CO
Information Center: U.S.G.S. Maps: Mt. Sneffels and Telluride.

General Information


Northern Blue Lakes Trailhead:

From the center of Ouray, travel north on Hwy 550 for approximately 10 miles to the intersection with Hwy 62 in Ridgway.  Turn left (west) on Highway 62 and continue for approximately 4.8 miles to the intersection with County Road 7, East Dallas Creek.  Follow CR 7 for approximately 2 miles to the intersection with CR-7A, stay to the right.  Continue on CR 7 for approximately a total of 9 miles to the parking area at the trailhead.

Southern Blue Lakes Trailhead:

From Ouray, travel south on Hwy 550 for approximately 0.3 miles to the intersection with County Road 361, Camp Bird Road. Turn right onto CR 361 and follow it for approximately 9.2 miles to its end, CR 361 becomes CR 26 and then Forest Service Road 853.1B before reaching the Trailhead.



Northern Blue Lakes Trailhead:

T. 44 N.; R. 9 W.; Section 25. U.S.G.S. Map: Mt. Sneffels. Elevation 12,440 feet. Latitude: N38.995, Longitude: W-107.785.  

Southern Blue Lakes Trailhead:

T. 43 N.; R. 9 W.; Section 7. U.S.G.S. Map: Telluride. Elevation: 9,342 feet. Latitude: N38.036, Longitude: W-107.807.


Lake and Pond Fishing

Cutthroat Trout

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.7 miles

  Elevation : 
9,342 ft. - 13,000 ft.