Blue Lake Trail

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20.9 km
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740 m
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The Blue Lake trail is a longer trail with steady, gradual elevation gain to a subalpine lake. It is a beautiful multi-use trail near Pincher Creek. Commonly used by horseback riders, bikers, and hikers, the Blue Lake trail is a full day outing for intermediate to advanced hikers.

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Route Description for Blue Lake Trail

Blue Lake is also known as Bovin Lake. It is a stunning subalpine lake near Pincher Creek and Castle Wilderness. Many adventurers choose to bike this trail or make it a bike and hike combo since it is quite long. The trail follows an old decommissioned road from the gate and continues on a clear path all the way to the lake. The subalpine lake is located beneath a beautiful ridge and makes for an incredible lunch spot. This is an out-and-back trail that takes up a full day. We recommend biking the first 4.0 km on the road to cut some time off your total trip.

Getting to the Blue Lake Trail Trailhead

From Pincher Creek, head southbound on Highway 6 to get to Blue Lake. Turn onto Shell Waterton Complex Road, then turn left at the fork onto TWP Road 4-3. Follow for roughly 4.0 km before turning left onto Range Road 1-2a at Butcher Lake. After 1.5 km, turn left onto TWP Road 4-2 and follow it for 5.0 km. Turn right after 5.0 km and find a locked gate. Park at the gate and begin the trail on the old road.

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