For a memorable day hike with a refreshing treat at the end, check out Blue Lake Trail located on the western side of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest. As the name suggests, this trail finishes off with a cool lake at the turn-around point. It’s about a 5 mile hike in to get to the lake, so be prepared to spend most of your day on this trail with your canine companion. You’re sure to be rewarded with lovely views, exhilarating exercise, and some quality time with your best pal.
The Blue Lake Trailhead is located in the town of Bellvue, about 62 miles west along Highway 14 from the larger town of Fort Collins. The parking lot and trailhead are two miles east of the Joe Wright Reservoir, and across the highway from Long Draw Road. This free parking lot accommodates about 14 vehicles. From here, the adventure begins!
For the most part, Blue Lake Trail passes through heavily forested areas, which means you won’t have many mountain views on your way, but you will have a cool and comfortable hike in lush greenery. In the spring and summer, you’re bound to see plenty of blooming wildflowers, while later in the year you can enjoy a spectacular display of fall colors. The trail is also open for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing if you prefer a winter wonderland. Whatever the weather, your pup will love romping through the wilderness by your side!
Once you arrive at Blue Lake, Fifi can cool her paws in the water while you enjoy the views. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the Mummy Range in the distance. From this point, you can backtrack to the parking lot, or continue north past the lake to the West Branch Trailhead.
Doggos welcome to join their humans, as long as they stay leashed, and you practice Leave No Trace principles. Always be sure to bring your own clean up bags.
With all the furtastic features on Blue Lake Trail, it’s sure to get your dog’s tail wagging!
This trail will take several hours to complete, so bring plenty of food and water for you and your doggo. There may be mosquitos and ticks, especially in the wooded areas, so don’t forget insect repellant.