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Ice Lakes Trail

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Address: Silverton, CO
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This breathtaking hike can be done in a day: 3.5 miles one way that takes...

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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So beautiful!

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... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2017
KeishaNCasey
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Pflugerville, Texas
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Pflugerville, Texas
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23 reviews
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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 day.

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Singapore
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173 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
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 - always remember to stick to the main path and ignore the distractions like little... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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 you are a peak bagger, there are many choices nearby, Golden Horn, Vermilion, and Fuller... More 

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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 are flatlanders, but with lots of breaks, we made it to the top...and then on... More 

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

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Ridgway, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 you go, be prepared to visit a "sacrifice zone". It's lovely, but venture further afield... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Cindy L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 in late July, and if we stopped for more than a few seconds, dozens of... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

I was there on a drizzly cold rainy day and it was still a beautiful sight to see. There were people camping nearby and it is not a strenuous hike to get there.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

We camped at South Mineral Campground to do this hike and loved every second of the uphill climb. You can't find a better bang for your buck than this hike. Every view at every switchback is so worth it. The lower basin was spectacular covered in wildflowers and the actual lake is amazing. While there, we hiked up above the... More 

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