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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Grand Junction Ranger District

Quick Facts

Blue Lake

Beginning Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2682 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 200 Feet (61 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2743 Meters)
Length: 1.0 Mile (1.6 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Late Spring to Fall
Trail Number: 707.11
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Indian Point

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General Description

This trail can be for day use or overnight stays. Fishing in Blue Lake is moderate, but rewarding when the visitor catches one of the large Rainbow trout that are natural in this lake. This trail is restricted to foot and horse use only.

Directions from Grand Junction: Take Hwy 50 east 12 miles to Lands End Road. Travel 9 miles northeast to Kannah Creek Trail head. Travel 100 yards up the Kannah Creek Trail to Spring Camp Trail. Take Spring Camp trail 6 miles to Blue Lake Trail.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: ken c (grand junction, CO)
Length of Time: overnight
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: The previous description is false, this trail gains 3000' in just 6 miles. Fishing is terrible.

Time of Day: 7:00 am
Length of Time: 15 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: if you start from the guaging station at kannah creek the elevation gain is unbelievable. very difficult. with that bieng said, not that many people will hike to blue lake (especially in mid-april) so the solitude is very nice. unbeleivable lake. rainbows and cuttys
Conditions: rain, mild mud, light snow in higher elevations. had to trudge through accumulated snow of 10-30 inches the last mile or so. sunny days and starry nights.
Water Availability: we brought little water and it was very available on the way up after about 1/3 of the way up. many streams.
Recommended Clothing: everything from shorts to snowpants and gators.
Suggested Accessories: trekking poles were nice. fishing poles a must for blue lake

Time of Day: 7:00 am
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Blue Lake
ICON Horseback Riding Restricted to foot and horse use only.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Grand Junction Ranger District, 2777 Cross Road Blvd , Grand Junction, CO, 81506, Phone: 970-242-8211

Grand Mesa National Forest, Grand Mesa Visitor Center , , , , Phone: 970-856-4153


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