Whether you hike to Blue Miner Lake just east of Sheep Mountain (aka Sleeping Indian) in the Gros Ventre Wilderness for its own sake, or en route to the Indian’s summit, it’s worth the trip. With its Caribbean color, warm shallows, seclusion and scenery, it’s no wonder that many locals consider it at the top of “Jackson Hole’s Best Lakes.”
The route (some 7-miles and 3,000-ish vertical feet one way) to Blue Miner Lake is signed, but a maze of horse trails created by the ranches around the Red Hills Campground can make it tricky to follow, especially at the beginning. Just before the Red Hills Campground, there’s a small parking area/trailhead on your right. Park and start from here.
The first part of the trail is easy to follow, but about 10 minutes in, horse trails and a lack of signs on the real trail begin to confuse things. When given the option, head west. You’ll climb up and over a couple of ridges before the trail commits to one and climbs up. A little over two miles in (and this feels like a very long two miles), the trail splits. A sign indicates Grizzly Lake to the right and Blue Miner to the left.