Big Blue Trail

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Big Blue Creek Trail #232

The Big Blue Trail #232 is within the Uncompahgre Wilderness, it begins at Wilderness the boundary, where Wilderness Regulations apply, and ends at Uncompahgre Peak Trail #239. This trail provides an access route to Uncompahgre Peak which raises 14,309 feet in elevation.  It travels through Spruce-Fir forests, open parks, alpine tundra and offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks over 13,000.  Fishing for Brook and Rainbow Trout in Big Blue Creek and Slide Lake is excellent.  Slide Lake is approximately 4.5 miles from the trailhead and receives heavy use.

Open Season: June – October
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer to Fall
Restrictions: Open to Hiking and Horseback.
Closest Towns: Lake City, CO


Big Creek Trailhead:
From Lake City, travel north on Gunnison Highway 149 for 10 miles to the intersection with the Alpine Forest Access Road, FSR #868.  Turn left and follow the signs to the Big Blue Campground which is approximately 12 miles from Hwy 149.  The Big Blue Trail Trailhead is about half a mile south of the campground.  The Alpine Forest Access Road is narrow and steep with sharp curves.  Trailers are not recommended.

Nellie Creek Trailhead:
From Lake City, turn west onto Second Street.  Travel 0.1 mile and turn left onto the Henson Creek Road.  This is the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway.  Travel approximately 5 miles to the sign for the Nellie Creek Trailhead, Nellie Creek Road, FSR #877.  The trailhead is 4 miles up Nellie Creek Road. 4 wheel dive is recommended.


Big Blue Creek Trailhead: T. 46N., R. 5W., Section 25. U.S.G.S. Maps: Sheep Mountain and Uncompahgre Peak.  Elevation: 9,700 feet.

Nellie Creek Trailhead: T. 45N., R. 5W., Section 15.  U.S.G.S. Map: Uncompahgre Peak.  Elevation: 11,460 feet.

Lake and Pond Fishing
Slide Lake Brook and Rainbow Trout.

River and Stream Fishing
Big Blue Creek Brook and Rainbow Trout.



  • Trail Measurement: 11 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 380544N
  • Compass Longitude: 1072614W
  • Numeric Latitude: 38.0955504
  • Numeric Longitude: -107.4372804
  • Elevation in Meters: 2956 to 3779
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,700 to 12,400

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  • Trail Measurement
    11 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
  • Compass Longitude
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  • Numeric Longitude
  • Elevation in Feet
    9,700 to 12,400
  • Elevation in Meters
    2956 to 3779
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