Blue Lakes Trailhead


Road Difficulty

2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.

Driving 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.
Status Updates 
Posted By: deuce0277
Info: The conditions were great. The roads were pretty smooth and any 2WD car can make it. We drove all the way to the Dam on an Audi A4 2WD
Posted By: ElFuegoDelaMuerte
Info: Open all the way to the damn.
Posted By: burnindaylight
Info: Road open approximately 1.8miles from Highway 9 (past lower reservoir) before reaching deeper/off-camber snow that covers the road. There are a few small snow drifts to cross. There were Subaru‘s, a Honda CRV, a Ford Escape, a F-150, and my Xterra that made it this far.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Road closed at the normal winter closure, 0.3 mile up from Highway 9.
Posted By: geojed
Info: Very accesible with 4WD, 2WD would probably even work. Packed snow for 1st 2/3, then gravel/dirt from lower blue lake up to dam.
Posted By: nmg5038
Info: Blue Lakes is nearly snow free. Only like two very very small patches that have been run over many times. Everything else is snow free and relatively dry.
Posted By: joelsteidl
Info: The road is clear all the way to the dam. About .5 miles from the dam, there is a cable / gate across the road. There is plenty of parking before the gate and it‘s an easy (snow-free) walk to the dam.
Posted By: areed20
Info: The road is pretty clear with only some drifts of snow. I made it with a 2wd low clearance car to the turn off about a .5 mile before the damn. No one can make it past that though at least not in the near future. Give it a couple of weeks and things should be much more clear. The snow is melting fast.
Posted By: caverdude
Info: Drove within 1.5 miles of the Dam. One small section of snow blocks the road to get you even closer to the trailhead. It should melt out quickly, but the last 0.25 mile or so will take longer.
Posted By: Nelson
Info: I drove .4 miles from the intersection towards Blue Lakes TH before I bogged down. My guess is that in a week nyoun will be able to get a lot farther. The Lasst Half mile still has a lot of snow and will take a while.
Posted By: mtgirl
Info: Took my very low clearance Honda Civic up to the dam this morning. If my car can make it......ANY car can make it.
Posted By: crossfitter
Info: Road is bone dry and passable by any normal vehicle all the way to the dam.
Posted By: rleclair
Info: Road is bone dry to the Colorado Springs Utilities gate about 1/2 mile from the dam.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: 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.
Posted By: newnative
Info: 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.
Posted By: swturner
Info: Road is open to the dam.
Posted By: centrifuge
Info: 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.
Posted By: Wyoming Bob
Info: 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.
Posted By: CRAIGO
Info: Road dry all the way to the TH.
Posted By: MountainHiker
Info: The road is melted out all the way to the dam.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: 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.
Posted By: MountainHiker
Info: 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.
Posted By: lodgling
Info: With the new snow and wind, the road is blocked about a mile before the dam.
Posted By: heather14
Info: 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.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Winter closure still in place just 0.2 miles up from the 850/851 road junction. Plenty of snow on the road above.

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