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This lake will literally take your breath away!

The hike up to this stunning lake is beautiful on its own and then you are rewarded by this... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2016
Carolyn M
Los Angeles, California
Gem up High

An amazing 8.4 mile round trip hike will take you up the 2,552-ft. to Island Lake. The colors seem... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2015
taylor h
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Set against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs, this scenic lake is an excellent destination for hikers and fishing enthusiasts.
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23 Jul 2016
“This lake will literally take your breath away!”
31 Aug 2015
“Gem up High”
Silverton, CO
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

The hike up to this stunning lake is beautiful on its own and then you are rewarded by this heavenly body of water. If you are brave enough, jump in for a swim, but be warned, it's FREEZING!

5  Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed 31 August 2015

An amazing 8.4 mile round trip hike will take you up the 2,552-ft. to Island Lake. The colors seem surreal, a beautiful turquoise lake, surrounded by high peaks. There was still snow by Island lake when we visited in August. Words can not describe how...More

2  Thank taylor h
Reviewed 27 August 2015

One of the most beautiful places on earth! Perfect for a day hike or spend a week in the surrounding area... You absolutely won't be sorry you came here.

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Reviewed 24 August 2015

If you hike the Ice Lakes trail and you don't make the short hike up to Island Lake, you better have a good excuse as to why you skipped it. For us, this was the most breathtaking part of the entire trail. The lake was...More

5  Thank Akami1989
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Well, out of our group of 9 that made it to Ice Lake, only 3 made the additional trek up to Island Lake. It's not a bad hike from Ice Lake. It took us about 25 minutes from Ice Lake. It's elevation is about 300'...More

2  Thank k4mMarksville
Reviewed 1 August 2015

I've spent time running up here and backpacking. Every year the wildflowers are amazing as is the incredible blue lake. It's such a unique formation with a large granite island surrounded by the beauty of the San Juans. If you go I recommend more than...More

1  Thank Jason H
Reviewed 28 October 2014 via mobile

Ice Lake Basin / Island Lake is one of the prettiest places on the planet. To access the main trailhead, it is roughly a 6 mile journey down a dirt road (South Mineral Creek Rd) just outside of Silverton. From the trailhead you quickly start...More

3  Thank Zach J
Reviewed 5 July 2013

Start out hiking to Ice Lakes... but there is a cut off trail to go to Island Lake from this trail. It is not marked and the trail is faint to the right. It's in the open area and you can see the waterfall in...More

10  Thank Junebug15
Reviewed 17 June 2013

As the other reviewers have noted, the Upper Ice Lake is one of the premier hiking destinations in Colorado. But after you have caught your breath (physically and spiritually), it is time to break away from the awe-inspired crowd and head up to Island Lake....More

6  Thank JoelMarty
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30 June 2017|
Response from Dan_RJH |
The trail head is 6.3 miles west of Silverton CO, along South Fork Mineral Creek, just shy of South Mineral Campground. It is readily accessible with a non-four-wheel-drive vehicle. Take U.S. 550 (the "Million Dollar... More
12 June 2017|
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Response from louisnikk |
Also, no cabins. It's at the end of a very long hike into the wilderness