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Bluebird Lake

Bluebird Lake

Bluebird Lake is a former reservoir in the southeast division of Rocky Mountain National Park. The lake is in the rock cirque at the foothills of dramatic Ouzel Peak amid Mahana Peak, which falls to the north and Copeland Mountain, falling towards the south.

The lake is located 6.3 miles from the Wild Basin Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. It possesses a large, rocky bowl above the tree line, on the east of the Continental Divide. Visitors can witness wide-ranging terrains, several waterfalls, access to Ouzel Lake, and excellent fishing on the hike of the Bluebird Lake.

The trail also rises gently towards North St Vrain Creek to spurs for Lower and Upper Copeland Falls. The trail envelopes a north-facing valley wall and passes through an area, which was wounded by lightning-induced fire in 1978. Despite of that massive damage, the forest is in a natural state of recovery. Grass and wildflowers add grain to the hillsides, making it bright and colorful sight.

The trail bends towards the west through the heart of the 1978 Ouzel Fire zone with long-legged views through a gathered forest. Ouzel Peak rises from the west shore of the lake, with Mount Copelands north flank and Mahana Peaks (12,632) southeast flank completing the cirque wall. Towards this region an untouched and unmaintained route follows Bluebird Lakes bay, towards the west side of the Lark Pond and Pipit Lake, while another cross-country route leads southwest to Junco Lake.

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