Blue Lake  
USGS 7.5' Map: Cucharas Pass, Trinchera Peak
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Graded FR422 5.20 8,246 to 10,460 ft. NA 1 hour
County: Huerfano
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Pike and San Isabel National Forest,
San Carlos Ranger District
3028 East Main Street, Canon City, CO 81212 (719)269-8500
Summary: Blue Lake is a graded road to the Bear Lake and Blue Lake campgrounds.
Attractions: Fishing, Camping
Agency - November 16 to April 30
Best Time: May - Best, depending on snow pack
June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Good, early snows possible
Trail Heads
Indian Creek South, FT1300 - 50 in. or less (motorcycle, ATV)
Camping: The Blue Lake and Bear Lake campgrounds are at the end of the road.
Base Camp: This would not be a good area to base camp. There are few 4WD roads to explore.
Fall Colors: Very Good - There are aspen along the creek below Blue Lake.
Navigation: From Trinidad, CO. head southwest on E Main Street toward N Commercial Street and go 0.2 miles. Turn right onto N Animas Street and go 0.2 miles. Continue onto University Street and go 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Prospect Street and go 0.1 miles. Prospect Street turns slightly right and becomes Stonewall Ave. Go 0.3 miles. Turn left onto San Juan Street and go 0.1 miles. Continue onto CO-12 W/Robinson Ave and go 6.8 miles. Continue straight to stay on CO-12 W for 42.9 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road/County Road 422. This is the Blue Lake road.

From La Veta, CO, head south on S Main Street toward W Field Street for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto W Grand Ave and go 0.1 miles. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto CO-12 E/Oak Street and follow CO-12 E 14.6 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road/County Road 422. This is the Blue Lake road.
The Blue Lake road is a two lane graded gravel road. It starts off of Hithway 12 south of Cuchara and follows Cucharas Creek. There are pulloffs and three day use areas along the lower section of road. Further up the valley the road will do a series of switchbacks and you will come to Blue Lake Campground and the intersection with the Trinchera, FR436, road. About a quarter of a mile from the Blue Lake Campground you will come to another intersection with Steep Mountain, FR413, and a mile beyond that is the Bear Lake Campground and the Indian Creek South motorized trail head for vehicles less than 50 inches.
Data updated - April 14, 2016     4WD Road driven - September 5, 2015     Copyright - 2000-2016