Bluebird Lake Trail
The trail leaves the Thunder Lake Trail and begins a moderate climb through the burn area of 1978. It levels off along a ridge in the burn area. You get great views of several peaks from here including: Longs Peak, Mount Meeker, Tanima Peak, Mahana Peak, The Cleaver, Pilot Mountain, Copeland Mountain, and Ouzel Peak. Watch for elk in this area. The trail descends a little as it approaches the Ouzel Lake Trail.
Past the trail intersection, it continues to climb through the burn area past a small pond (Chickadee) on the left. You get a good view of Ouzel Lake from the trail. The trail travels through a very rocky area for a short distance and then makes a moderate climb into a dense spruce forest. Often there are deep snow drifts across the trail in June. Horsemen would be advised to leave this trail until July if they want to go to Bluebird Lake. Horses are not permitted beyond a hitch rack located about a quarter-mile below the lake. From there it is a strenuous climb to the lake.
|Length:||3.22 miles (5.19 kilometers)|
|9,446' - 10,975'|
|Elevation change:||1,607 feet|
|Season:||Jun 15 - Oct 1|
|USGS maps:||Allenspark, Isolation Peak|
No pets are permitted
|Suitable for mountain bikes:||No (not permitted)|
|Suitable for horses:||Yes|
There is room for 50 to 60 vehicles at the trailhead and 30 to 40 more at various spots along the road to the trailhead. The road is narrow and not recommended for Rvs. This a popular area and often fills up by mid morning.
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