El Rito Azul (Blue Lake) Trail #718

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The El Rito Azul trail is 4.6 miles long. It begins at Forest Trail 712, Three Forks Park, and ends at Blue Lake. Lake Ann and Glacier Lake can also be reached in conjunction with other trails.

The trail is entirely within the boundaries of the South San Juan Wilderness. Access to the CDNST #813 is provided by this trail, there are many possibilities for side trips and/or loops. The visitor passes through stands of spruce and fir, alternating with open meadows. Magnificent views await the visitor.

The trail is open for the following uses: Horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.

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Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
4.6 miles

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  Elevation : 
10320 - 11460