DISTANCE: 13.8 RT
SKILL LEVEL: STRENUOUS (This is not a beginner hike!)
Start-End Elevation: 8,500' to 11,420'
Net Elevation Change: +2,920'
CARPOOL: 6:30 is the Carpool time, NOT the Trailhead time!!
For those interested in carpooling from Denver, I suggest meeting at the 88th and Sheridan Park-n-Ride (west side of Hwy 36, north end of lot) at 6:20 and leaving no later than 6:32. I will not be at the carpool location, but will meet attendees at the trailhead. We will leave the trailhead at 8:00.
From Boulder, take Highway 36 north 14 miles to the town of Lyons. Remain on 36 to the Highway 7 intersection. Turn left onto Highway 7 towards Allenspark. Remain on Highway 7 and look for the Wild Basin Trailhead entrance on the left (approximately 37 miles from Boulder). Turn left on the dirt road to the entrance station .15 miles ahead. The Wild Basin Trailhead is located 2.3 miles from the entrance station.
Dogs Allowed: NO
Bluebird Lake is located 6.3 miles from the Wild Basin Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. It occupies a large, rocky bowl above treeline just east of the Continental Divide. Visitors will enjoy varied terrain, several waterfalls, access to Ouzel Lake and excellent fishing on the hike to Bluebird Lake.
The trail crests a few dozen yards over Bluebird Lake and scrambles down to the shore (6.3 miles : 10,978').
An unmarked and unmaintained route follows Bluebird Lake's inlet west to Lark Pond and Pipit Lake. This is our end destination. :)
Should bring layers, water & snacks...