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Blue Lakes Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Tenmile Range
14ers Served:  Quandary Peak
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  From Breckenridge, drive 8 miles south on Colorado 9. On a sharp corner of Colorado 9, turn west onto the 850 road (Blue Lakes road). It is 2 miles to the trailhead below the dam. Continue on Blue Lakes road as it climbs west. After 1.2 miles, keep right. After 1.4 miles, keep right again. By early June, the road is usually open to the dam. If not, drive as far as possible and hike the remainder of the road. There is a large parking area below the dam.
Winter Access:  Closed about 1/2 mile up from the 850/851 road junction.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2009-12-22 Road is closed beyond the old Monte Cristo trailhead. From here, it is over 1.5 miles to the end of the road (summer trailhead). Open to view photo. BillMiddlebrook  1       
2009-11-29 The road is still easily passable all the way to the dam. 2WD car made it up to the gate easily, some packed snow but mostly dry. newnative         
2009-06-08 Road is open to the dam. swturner         
2009-05-09 There are still snow drifts crossing the road, but with a 4 wheel drive vehicle it is possible to get within about a half mile of the upper lake. The snow drift that is currently blocking the road is at the turn off for the lower lake. There are still a couple of pretty large snow drifts blocking the road in the last 1/4 mile. centrifuge         
2009-05-01 Road blocked .2 miles above Quandary TH, couple of big drifts between block and lower lake, BIG drift just before dam. A few drifts to go and road will be open to lower lake. Wyoming Bob         
2008-10-19 Road dry all the way to the TH. CRAIGO         
2008-06-29 The road is melted out all the way to the dam. MountainHiker         
2008-06-07 The road is blocked by snow about 1/4 below the dam (end of the road). Could be another week or more before it‘s open all the way to the end. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-05-25 The last 6/10 of a mile to the dam is blocked by multiple snow drifts. There is a wide area to park a few hundred feet before where you have to stop. MountainHiker         
2008-05-11 With the new snow and wind, the road is blocked about a mile before the dam. lodgling         
2008-05-04 They opened up the road to the damn. You can get within about 1/2 - 3/4 mile of the damn where the wind blew some drifts back over the road. heather14         
2008-04-22 Winter closure still in place just 0.2 miles up from the 850/851 road junction. Plenty of snow on the road above. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-02-16 Blue Lakes road (850) is closed for the winter. BillMiddlebrook         
2007-07-09 Road is closed .5 miles from dam TH, parking is available. Road up to parking area is clear, low rise Honda Accord made it just fine. JohnnyZ         
2007-05-20 850 is clear for 2 wheel drive car travel to the dam. wisco         
2007-05-07 This TH is clear and open all the way to the damn! The road was cleared before the early May snow storm. I drove it in my 4wd truck on Sunday May 6th. It is accessible to any 4wd - maybe an AWD (i.e. Subaru). mikekrauski         
2007-04-09 Still snow blocking the road above the old Monte Cristo TH. billmiddlebrook         
2006-05-10 Today, the road was narrowly opened to 11,300' before the final stretch below the dam. A 4WD is still recommended and you can drive to within 1 mile of the dam. The snow above this point will take at least a few more weeks to melt. BillMiddlebrook         
2006-05-04 Currently closed at about 11,000. jcwhite         
2006-05-01 Still closed (snow) about 1/2 mile up from the 850/851 road junction. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-10-23 The road is still dry as a bone all the way to the dam. There's not even any snow accummulation along the roadside. mntnplay         
2005-06-07 The road is now open to the end. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-05-25 The Blue Lakes road is open (2WD) to within 0.2 miles of the dam. There is parking along the side of the road. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-05-10 The Blue Lakes Road (CR 850) is still closed at the old Monte Cristo trailhead parking area. It is over 1.5 miles from the closure to the end of the road. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-02-18 The Blue Lakes road is closed in winter near the old Monte Cristo trailhead. It usually opens in late May or early June. Good-clearance 2WD vehicles can drive to the Blue Lakes Dam. BillMiddlebrook         

On the Dam at Blue Lakes – looking toward Wheeler Mountain (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-05-10)

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