Looking for a more challenging hike? This one is good for your older kids, with a round trip of 6.4 miles and an altitude gain of 1400 feet. To get to the trailhead, start heading up Dallas Divide on Highway 62 towards Telluride. Turn left at the National Forest Access – Dallas Creek, onto County Road 7. Park and at the trailhead, Blue Lakes heads to the right and Blaine Basin goes to the left.
The first two miles of the hike are pretty easy and flat, though there are multiple places where you need to cross over a creek. Younger children may struggle with this, but it’s do-able. There are lots of wildflowers along the way to admire. Check out our guide on local wildflower and how to photograph them.
The last mile or so is pretty steep, but the views of Sneffels and the other surrounding peaks is worth every step. There is also a gorgeous waterfall that you’ll hike past!
Here’s a fun read about skiing up there from back in June, 2005. I think I’ll stick to my hiking shoes.
Photo credits San Juan Parent and summitpost.org
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