ABOUT BLUE LAKE
Surprise! Blue Lake is alittle gem in the middle of the towering talus slopes of the Tushars. The frigid waters are fed by melting snowpack from the adjacent peaks to form this intensely azure blue lake.
Looking for an intermediate hike that leads to breathtaking sights? Start at Mud Lake, take trail #172 and it will lead you to Blue Lake. This six-acre, cerulean blue lake lies below the towering heights of Mounts Baldy and Belknap. Feeling adventurous? Take an overnight horseback or backpacking trip from the bottom on the South Fork of North Fork trail #062 – an incredible trail with tons of water crossing. Trails around Blue Lake are a mountain biker’s dream, fast and fun alpine tree runs with incredible views.
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Explore the depths
Blue Lake is one of the mainstays of Utah diving and conditions are best both in and out of the water during the fall to spring months. With a depth of 58 feet you’ll likely see Blue Gill, Largemouth Bass and Tilapia, as well as a few sunken boats to explore.
The hot pots on the bottom of this geothermal lake are amazing to see, the warm water seems to ooze through the course sand. The temperature on the bottom of the lake is about 80 degrees, and the surface temperature is in the low 70’s.
Ramble in a Remote Canyon
Trail #062 is one of Beaver County’s wildest hiking adventures, following a meandering creek along a remote canyon. You can start at the South Fork of North Creek Trailhead about five miles northeast of Beaver and follow the trail up the deep canyon for 12 miles to Blue Lake. As the trail crosses the creek over 50 times you’ll likely spot deer, elk, mountain goats, and black bears along the way.
Day hikers can walk two or three miles up the canyon and turn around at their leisure to return to the trailhead or begin your trek at Blue Lake and hike downhill. There are many more connecting trails to explore stretching out of the canyon, including #061 onto Baldwin Ridge and the Bosman Ridge Trail #058, which switchbacks up to high wooded ridges and Big John Flat.