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Blue Lake Trailhead

Blue Lake Trailhead

Blue Lake Trailhead

Page Type: Trailhead

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.57972°N / 105.85548°W

Object Title: Blue Lake Trailhead

County: Larimer

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 9520 ft / 2902 m


Page By: Bill Reed

Created/Edited: Jul 13, 2010 / Jan 29, 2013

Object ID: 637926

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Trailhead Signboard
TH parking lot
Located in the Roosevelt National Forest, this TH provides primary access to the main trail network of the Rawah Wilderness, in the southern portion of the Medicine Bow Range, via the Blue Lake Trail.
Usage is heavy in both summer and winter.

Facilities-Small paved parking lot / no restrooms / no water. Primitive restrooms are available a couple hundred yards east, on the south side of the road.


Locator Map
Blue Lake Trailhead Map
From Fort Collins -Take Hwy 287 (College Ave in town) north to what's known as Ted's Place (Gas station/conveience store). Turn left onto Colo Hwy 14, heading west for approx. 53 miles. The TH is on the right, opposite the Long Draw Road turnoff.


Dodad Mountain
Notable peaks accessible from this trailhead would include: 
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Clark Peak - 12,951
Lewis Peak (FKA Sickle Mountain) - 12,654
South Rawah Peak - 12,644
Snowbank Peak - 12,522
North Rawah Peak - 12,473
Cameron Peak - 12,127
Dodad Peak - 12,046
The Blue Lake Trail leads, as one might guess, to Blue Lake. The trail continues beyond the lake, tying into the West Branch Trail on the north side of Blue Lake Pass.
The Sawmill Trail is also accessible from this TH. It is located about 150 yards west of the parking lot and heads into the upper Sawmill Creek drainage and the crest of the range just south of Clark Peak.

Camping Options

None at the TH but some dispersed sites are available along the Long Draw Rd which is opposite the TH. Camping is also available 10 miles down the Long Draw Rd at the Long Draw CG and at Chambers Lake CG east of the TH. Additional camping opportunities may be found at campgrounds farther down the Poudre Canyon.
For nearest services, see: Zimmerman Lake TH.


Arapaho and Roosevelt NF 
Blue Lake Trail Sign

USGS Quads
Chambers Lake
Clark Peak
Rawah Lakes

Backcountry Adventure Map for Colorado’s Rawah Wilderness

Red Tape

No permits or fees at this time. Blue Lake area is subject to special regulations. See Rawah Wilderness Regulations for details.


Clark Peak Trailhead SignboardTH parking lotLocator MapBlue Lake Trailhead MapBlue Lake Trail Sign