The Sacred Waters of Blue Lake, Colorado

Roughly 15 miles out and back through a valley appropriately named “Oh Be Joyful” lead us to questionably one of the most breathtaking alpine lakes. A single track, well-defined trail winds through fields of free range cattle, willow brush, and decomposing skunk cabbage. The valley is wide but eventually feels dome-like as you near the lake. Mountains seem to kiss the sky, a sky that felt far away but within reach, all at once. The dry summer and arrival of fall left a layer of lingering, seasonal scent. Dried foliage crunched beneath our feet, while the rhythm of our legs gave our denim pants a beat all of their own.  The sun had no obstacles, a clear sky, a cloudless canvas, a bluebird day as they say around here. The trail seemed endless and at one point left us both wondering if we somehow missed the lake. We were too close to turn back. We saw a shelf high above tucked within the surrounding, sky-scraping mountains, and intuition told us it must be there. Thank goodness we stayed the course because what we were gifted as we footed up the embankment was truly humbling.

The Oh Be Joyful Valley, Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018.Hiking through free range cattle in Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018.Victoria Lise with dog, Styx at Blue Lake.The tranquility of an alpine lake. ©Victoria Lise 2018.

Although the name suggests or implies blue waters, it was more of a luminous, turquoise green. The suns rays danced on the surface of the lake, sparkling and radiating like precious gemstones. So clear and clean, you could see the flat rocked bottom, and floating trout who seemed fascinated by us visitors. It felt like a fantasy and looked like a dream. It looked like the tropics but felt like Colorado. No lake venture would be complete without a bathing in the holy, crystal clear waters or at least that’s the ultimatum I gave myself this very summer, but as the tale would go on to tell, I defaulted back to the safety of warmth, wrestling inside myself between regret and logic. We had a 7.5 mile hike back in the setting sun and the thought of a wet head in the cool evening plagued me. In hindsight it was plenty warm. Since Alex doesn’t suffer with the same over thinking I do and these crisp, cold waters run through his veins, he and Styx let the water wash over them. Rejuvenating, refreshing, awakening, and purifying is what it looked like. Something I long to step into but not for a while as the first snow is already falling.

Sun rays dancing on the surface of Blue Lake, Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018.Victoria Lise and dog, Styx dip feet in Blue Lake, Colorado.Alex and Styx swim in the sacred alpine waters. Blue Lake, Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018. Blue Lake, Crested Butte, Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018.

Have you experienced an unforgettable alpine lake? Did you get in? Share with me below! 

Thank you all for joining me here and until next time, 

Happy Trails♥

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  1. Diane Marie Theaker

    Absolutely STUNNING! Sooo beautiful – the pics and the writing Tori – as always! A very nice memory for me was hiking over to Aspen years ago with a group of gals and jumping in Copper Lake!!! So refreshing and rejuvenating!!! XOXO

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    1. Thank you so so very much Diane!!! I love your alpine lake memory and have never been to copper! Will have to add that to my list! Xoxo


  2. “Oh Be A You tifully” written !! I got a lump in my throat…and wet sparkly diamonds in my eyes. Talk about allure and seduction… had me at Mountains Seem To Kiss The Sky…. the rest was just complete ecstasy of words! Oh man I have a feeling I’m gonna be seeing your name at Barnes and Nobles one day! I Love You ♥️

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    1. Wooow! What a compliment! I am truly humbled ~ thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! That means the world to me that my words moved you. I’m beyond appreciative of your loving support! I love you! ❤️🌹


  3. Debi walls

    Love that tori you captured heaven on earth and was that an orb on the mountain side you are truly blessed with words and a great set of eyes love u all

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    1. Thank you so so much! Yes it is a light orb so wonderful right?! I appreciate you! Xoxox


  4. Beautiful post and photos Victoria. I think there must be several Blue Lakes we have a set of three here (up high) in Ouray County. Where is this one?

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    1. Thank you so much, Denise! There most definitely are many Blue Lakes- I know of two in Crested Butte, this is one of them! We also have a couple of Green Lakes and because of that I wasn’t sure where we were at first as the water appeared very green in color. I’ll have to check out the Blue Lakes in your area!


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