Ethan and I did some car camping in Allenspark a few weekends ago and then made the 13 mile round trip trek to Bluebird Lake in RMNP the following day. The hike starts from the Wild Basin Trailhead, a less popular trailhead in the park but it still fills up pretty quickly. It was a long and hot day (bring lots of water!!) but well worth it. The views are incredible and the lake itself is so beautiful - bright blue with wildflowers all around. We ate lunch and drank a cider at the top, per usual. I think the whole took us around 6 -7 hours from the point we stepped onto the trail to the point we sat down and took our boots off.
Trail : Bluebird Lake
Trailhead : Wild Basin Trailhead, RMNP
Distance: about 13 miles round trip
Directions from Boulder: hop on 36 and head towards Lyons. Head straight through town (not that you can really get lost in lyons) and turn left onto HWY 72. You will stay on this for a good half hour or so? Let's just say you won't make a single turn until you see the signs for the 'WILD BASIN AREA' - TURN LEFT. Follow this road straight and you will come upon the entrance station for the park. It will cost $20 to get in if you don't have a pass. Find parking anywhere you can!
This hike might be a new favorite of mine. It was beautiful yes, but Ethan and I had such a good time and positive energy on this hike that I smile just thinking about it. It was one of those days where you feel yourself falling in love with everything over and over again. It was just me and my fiance and good ole' mother earth. We hadn't checked our phones in over a day, we were dirty and gross and happy from camping. We we're genuinely just lovin' life. This hike reminded me that it's much more than just the photos you get and the places you can say you've been. Mother Earth will set you free if you let her in. She will heal you, fill you up and set you free.
It's good to be free.