The Blue Lakes trail near Ridgway (not to be confused with Blue Lake, singular, closer to Telluride) is a great outing for hikers who enjoy the best the San Juan Mountains have to offer: meadows spangled with wildflowers, craggy ridgelines, dazzling alpine lakes and the chirp of pikas. The trail, a moderate climb that ascends through shady pine forests and lush fields of delphinium, begins at 9,400 feet and climbs to a chain of three eye-popping alpine lakes nestled in high basins near the flanks of Mt. Sneffels, Dallas Peak and Gilpin Peak. Depending on your mood, you can call it good at the lower lake, or go all the way to the upper lakes and pass at 13,000 feet.
Directions & Parking:
From Telluride, head west on Highway 145 and continue past Placerville to the T intersection. Take a right onto Highway 62 toward Ridgway, and drive about 18 miles to County Road 7, which is marked East Dallas Creek with a large sign on the right. Turn right, and in two miles bear right where it meats CR-7A. Continue about 7 miles on the dirt road to the trailhead, which is well-marked.
Hiking description provided by rootsrated.com