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Blue Lake (a relatively short/easy hike to enjoy the scenery)

  • Jul 29, 2012 · 9:15 AM
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THE PRE-MEET:

We will park and meet on 1st Street in Nederland in front of/near the Wild Mountain Smokehouse by 9:15am, and carpool by 9:30am to the Brainerd Lake Recreation area (We should be parked and hiking from the trailhead no later than 10:15 - 10:30am) You are welcome to go straight to the trailhead and meet us there if you do not want to/ are late to meet in Nederland - carpooling will help people split the park fee, which is $9.00 per vehicle.


DIRECTIONS:

A) From BOULDER to Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery:

Follow highway 119 up through Boulder Canyon and on to Nederland - At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto N Bridge St Turn left onto E 1st St

Destination will be on the right

B) From Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery to trailhead:

Take highway 72 out of Nederland north and just beyond the town of Ward, turn left onto County Road 102 which is Brainard Lake Road.Travel 2.5 miles to the entrance portal, and continue another three miles to Mitchell Creek Trailhead (Blue Lake is reached via the Mitchell Lake trailhead)

THE TRAIL:

Starting elevation: 10,500 feet '
Ending Elevation: 11,440'
Elevation Change: +800 ' net elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy to moderate,depending on your fitness level
Total hiking time: Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours
Round Trip Length : Approximately 6 miles out and back


The wooded Mitchell Lake Trail to Blue Lake enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness near the bridge across Mitchell Creek. It continues on a good trail for 0.5 miles to Mitchell Lake and crosses a bridge over the inlet.

Another 1.5 miles of trail takes you up a steep slope, then along the creek in an open valley to Blue Lake. This lake lies at tree line below Mount Toll (elevation 12,979 feet), a cone-shaped pinnacle on the Continental Divide.


THE APRES HIKE:

We will meet at Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery between 1:30 and 2:00pm.

Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery

http://www.wildmountainsb.com/

70 East 1st Street, Nederland, CO 80466
(303)[masked]

NOTES (PLEASE READ!!):

1) PLEASE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO OUR GENERAL RULES, PHILOSOPHY AND LIABILITY WAIVER ON THE MAIN PAGE

2) Bring extra water, as high elevations dehydrate the body at a faster rate.

3) Arrive early to secure parking, avoid crowds and afternoon thunderstorms. Be mindful of changing weather patterns and leave the summit well before storms develop. Expect cooler temperatures, strong sun and wind in the open tundra. Carry versatile layers with sun, wind and rain protection.

4) Hiking poles are highly recommended to assist with steep grades and uneven terrain.

5) Please remember that mountain hiking, especially high altitude hiking is going to mean that we will end up spreading out according to our pace and fitness levels (this is more practical anyway, as you would not want to hike as a parade!). If you do split off ahead from the group, please wait at the summit or trail's end for most of the members to arrive.

6) IF you run a carpool, or participate in a carpool, please coordinate with each other as to your individual pace!

7). Bring a change of shoes for the restaurant. I suggest some sort of flip-flops. Your feet will thank you!

8) Have fun!!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike and great folkses.

    July 30, 2012

  • Dan

    One of the prettiest hikes I've done since being in Colorado. Two senic lakes with mountain backdrops, meadows, streams and wildflowers...plus good company to enjoy it all.

    July 30, 2012

  • John E.

    A fun first hike. Thanks to everyone!

    July 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't worry Pete, I thought the same and so did a few others. We ended up running into eachother. I guess things got changed tho I didn't notice it on the event page either. Sorry we missed you!

    July 30, 2012

  • Parnelli P.

    I also apologize to everyone (including myself), I had it in my mind we were to meet at 9, I hung around til 9:15, thought maybe I had missed it by an hour, tried to call my roommate to check the event page...no cel reception. So I did a solo hike. Had I only waited a little longer (or read the description again before leaving home). Sorry I missed you all.

    July 30, 2012

  • Jim "JP" P.

    What a great hike today! Thanks to every one for such a fun time and good company!

    1 · July 29, 2012

  • Patty

    And, I apologize...it's not like me to RSVP and not show up. But, I had a major fiasco of events this morning. Got on the road - got stuck behind a Craig hospital bus, motorcycle and truck with lumber on CO-72...so was late to meet at the smokehouse. Tried to post here that I would meet at trailhead but did not have any service. Got to entrance at 10:05 am where they told me the lot was full. Take chance to find parking and group - no refund. Decided to turn around. Sorry! And I'm bummed

    July 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all. I apologize for not making it today, especially since there was a wait list. I was really looking forward to it - of all the hiking groups this one seems like the best :) But I'm a 50% parent and it's my week, and one of my two little guys was sick and needed me for most of the night. Sorry I was distracted and forgot to "un" RSVP. I hope to make your next one.

    July 29, 2012

  • John E.

    Martha, Dan and I will be going straight to the trailhead. See you there!

    July 29, 2012

  • Rob

    Sounds good!

    Cheers!

    July 28, 2012

  • Patty

    Okay - thanks for the quick reply. Neither is an issue anymore as my friend (who wanted to come) decided not to after all. See you all tomorrow! : )

    July 28, 2012

  • Rob

    Hi Patty, Typically it is not an issue to bring a guest, but this particular recreational area is strict about hiking groups and clubs (in fact, our permit on this hike is limited to 12). Although we have more than 12 RSVPd, we have never had 100% of the RSVPs actually show. If we do, a couple of us will start later or pick a different trail. I do believe dogs are allowed leashed. We always welcome dogs as long as they are permitted on the trail.

    July 28, 2012

  • Patty

    I gather because there is a waitlist I cannot bring a last-minute guest, correct? Also are dogs allowed in this area?

    July 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    There is no judging allowed Jon, awesome on your pass AND minivan. :) I would be happy to tag along in said vehicle if there is space when I get there. have a great day!

    July 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a brand-new annual parks pass and I will drive my minivan (don't judge - my other car is NOT a minivan) so I can get 3 others in for free with me.

    July 26, 2012

  • Jim "JP" P.

    For anyone who lives in or near Boulder, we need someone to pickup our group permit from the Boulder Ranger District at 2140 Yarmouth Avenue. If you can help please call me at[masked]

    July 25, 2012

  • Rob

    Thanks Lisa! Hope to see you guys there!

    July 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very true, forgot about that. ;o) I have a pass, so if Mark and I end up going, joints willing, we can definitely shuttle two more hikers in with us.

    1 · July 24, 2012

  • Rob

    Lisa - you are correct, but we almost always only get about 50% turnout from the RSVP list at best. If, however, we do get more than 12, we will stagger our start times, If anyone has a National Parks Pass and would like to offer to shuttle a carpool from Nederland, please let us know Cheers Rob

    July 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rob, I believe it is 12 person max in Indian Peaks, and also free admit with National Park Pass.

    July 24, 2012

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