The Blue Lakes Hut accommodates eight people via padded bunk-style beds, sleeping bags (guests who use SJHS sleeping bags need to bring their own sleeping bag liner), and Crazy Creek Chairs. The hut includes a propane stove, propane lamp, wood stove, cookware, and utensils.
There is a culvert with a stream running through it down the road from the hut (North). The distance from the hut is approximately 250 yards. Hut users are responsible for treating water with iodine, pump/filter, or UV scanner.
The Blue Lakes Hut (9,380′) sits 1/4 mile up hill and west of summer trailhead for Blue Lakes and Mount Sneffels. The hut sits at the base of an old logging cut and the summit of Mount Sneffels towers above. It is frequently used in conjunction with the North Pole and Ridgway huts for multi-day adventures.
|Summer Trailhead to Blue Lakes Hut||0||0'||0'|
|North Pole Hut to Blue Lakes Hut||7.3||1,166'||1,697'|
|Blue Lakes Hut to Ridgway Hut||5.0||1,637'||1,093'|
The Blue Lakes hut is available for summer use from May 1st through November 30th. It is only available through the 4 night/5 day Sneffels Traverse June 1-October 15. View the hiking availability calendar.
Drive 9.5 miles on CR7 to the hut. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.
Blue Lakes Hut has something for everyone, from young kids to the most avid mountain adventurers.
3.5 Miles and 1,600 feet of vertical elevation gain.
An enjoyable day hike up the Wilson Creek/Blaine Basin Trail to the Alpine Cirque of Blaine Basin under the 2,000’ face of Mt. Sneffels.
Gentle hikes through meadows and aspen groves on old trails and mining roads to the west of the hut
One mile up the Blue Lakes Trail a tributary stream that flows into the East Dallas Creek provides a great place for Kids to play in the water on a hot summer afternoon with big views of the rocky peaks surrounding.
A circumnavigation of Mt. Sneffels, with or without a summit are done from Blue Lakes Hut. A classic big day in the mountains entails hiking the Blue Lakes Trail past all three of the lakes to the top of Blue Lakes Pass (13,100′). From the pass there are two choices to climb mount Sneffles. The Big Day Route would be to ascend the southwest ridge directly from the pass to the summit. This is 4th class climbing with real exposure. NOT a route for a day with lightning potential. The less exposed route to the summit descends the east side of Blue Lakes Pass into the flower laden Yankee Boy Basin above the town of Ouray. Ascent of the peak is achieved from the east up the Lavender Couloir. Descent from both of these routes travels down the Lavender Couloir, dropping into upper Blaine Basin, and takes climbers into the north side environs of Mt. Sneffels and into the alpine cirque of Blaine Basin. Return to Blue Lakes Hut via the Wilson Creek Trail.
There are several rock/alpine variations up the north face. All require rock climbing gear and/or crampons and ice-tools, and alpine knowledge.
San Jan Huts is based in Ridgway, Colorado. Contact us for planning your next mountain bike trip, ski tour or hiking adventure. Let's talk maps, trails, food, terrain and huts. The San Juan Hut Systems extends from the high mountains around Ouray, Telluride & Durango, descending hundreds of miles toward Moab, Utah. We are passionate about supporting you in all Rocky Mountain outdoor sports & adventures; backcountry skiing, nordic trails, alpine climbing and snowshoeing, backcountry mountain biking trails with vast single track, trail running, backcountry camping & alpine hiking. Durango to Moab and Telluride to Moab are classic mountain bike trails in Colorado & Moab.
The San Juan Huts are located in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison, San Juan, and Manti La Sal National Forests and maintains licenses under Special Use Permits from the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management as well as permit agreements with several private ranch owners.