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Ice Lakes Trail

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Most popular hike in Silverton

This hike is tough but you are rewarded by such beautiful sceenary you forget the difficulty. Just... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago

Starting out getting our feet soaked in a waterfall wasn't a great start, but luckily I brought an... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Arlington, Texas
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This breathtaking hike can be done in a day: 3.5 miles one way that takes hikers from 9,900 feet to over 12,200 feet, with many steep switchbacks, waterfalls and sweeping views along the way.
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Silverton, CO
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This hike is tough but you are rewarded by such beautiful sceenary you forget the difficulty. Just make sure you start early to avoid the afternoon showers so popular in the summertime.

1  Thank Pagosatravelbumusa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Starting out getting our feet soaked in a waterfall wasn't a great start, but luckily I brought an extra pair of socks. The trail through the forest was nice and leisurely, but the incline up to the actual lake was very snowy and a bit...More

2  Thank clreichert24
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We have been when there was still snow and ice and when it is mostly thawed and it is absolutely stunning either way! (Between you and me I prefer the thawed version more) We bring our kids and our Jeep and wander for hours each...More

Thank KeishaNCasey
Reviewed 8 November 2016

It was a tough 3+ hour hike from the car park to the top to see the lake. I didn't even have time to cross over and see Island Lake, will leave it for the next visit. Walked into wrong paths a couple of times...More

Thank Jollyshandy
Reviewed 27 September 2016

One of the best backpacking places in Colorado, best time to visit is late July to early August if you love wild flowers. Hike and camp at the higher lake if you want some solitude, most day hikers only go to the lower lake. If...More

1  Thank swadmin
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My husband and I did this hike in July 2016. This was our first legitimate mountain hike, and I have to say that I cannot imagine a better hike! It was challenging for us as we don't normally do this rigorous of hiking and we...More

6  Thank Dana S
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Unbelievable. Hike is hard but not challenging. If you are new to hiking in Colorado you may try something different but you don't have to be an expert. Just pace yourself.

Thank Don P
Reviewed 25 August 2016

In an area packed with amazing Alpine terrain, why does everyone go to the lake? The San Juans have hundreds of miles of marvelous trails, wildflowers galore and plenty of delightful creeks. Yet everyone and their dog wants to hang out at the lakes. If...More

Thank JoJoBoHo5656
Reviewed 21 August 2016

We were told the view is spectacular, it is true. We were not disappointed. The hike is not easy, but worth it when you come to this pristine blue lake. It is a must see if you are in Silverton.

Thank Cindy L
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Keep in mind a few things: 1) It is very strenuous. The way up passes by some steep edges, you have to cross a few shallow but fast-moving streams, and it is uphill all the way there. 2) The bugs can be horrible. We went...More

1  Thank Kettl3corn
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Shelly W
15 June 2017|
Response from Dana S | Reviewed this property |
I can't answer for sure, but we were up there over 4th of July last year and there was just a bit of slush to traipse through at the top. The main hike was completely clear and summery. It's been a pretty warm year, so I... More