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Bluebird Lake

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Bluebird Lake

Area Estes Park
Park/Forest Rocky Mountain National Park
Trailhead Wild Basin
Distance Roundtrip 12.0 Miles
Elevation Start 8500 ft
Elevation Gain ≈ 2478 ft
Features Lake, Waterfall
Dogs Allowed? No


Bluebird Lake is a nice alpine lake in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. This trail passes other nice features on the way such as the Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls. The first part of the trail travels mostly along a creek and on to Ouzel Falls. A little ways after Ouzel Falls the views really start to open up and you can see various peaks. The trail continues to climb up to Bluebird Lake where you can see the lake and there are great views of the terrain below. This is a long hike with a lot of elevation gain and might make for a better day trip from a backcountry camping site such as Ouzel Lake.

Directions info

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About 16 miles south of Estes Park off Co Hwy 115


Rocky Mountain National Park Site


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