Ice Lake Basin

#1 of 161 trails in San Juan National Forest

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Ice Lakes trail has two common destinations, lower and upper. The upper basin is surrounded by awesome peaks. Vermillion, Fuller, Pilot knob and Golden Horn are climbed from this basin. Amazing blue/green lakes, late season wildflowers, moderately strenuous hike to creekfalls and waterfalls too.

Go north of Silverton on Hwy. 550 to Mineral Creek Rd.,turn left and follow it to the Mineral Creek Campground, where the Trailhead is located.

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Does anyone know what old mines or mines are located near the Ice Lake Basin? Thanks!

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Possibly the prettiest hike I have been on in Colorado. This trail has everything! Waterfalls, mountain streams, glacier lakes, beautiful views, and tons of wildflowers. Went in mid-July and the trail was in great condition (no snow/mud etc.). If you can get on the trail by 8am or earlier you are guaranteed to have a wonderful day with little chance of afternoon showers.

I would suggest this hike to anyone in the San Juan area.

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We did this hike on 6/15/14. All the lakes were still frozen and none could be approached without snowshoes, There is still some snow patches towards the end of the treeline but nothing serious. Most of the real snow is about a mile past lower ice lake. The real beauty in hiking this early is being able to compare the waterfall rates from morning to the afternoon. You get a sense that somehow the water is alive.

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So far, this is my favorite hike in Colorado, and I've been on a lot of hikes. The scenery,wildflowers,lakes and waterfalls are some of the best in this great state. There are 4 lakes you can hike to, my favorites,upper Ice Lake and Island Lake.The lakes are a awesome turquoise color,and the San Juan mountains are black and maroon, with green grasses, just awesome!!! It does't get any better!!! You've got to hike this trail.

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The elevation change on the ascent is very steep, but it's totally worth it once you reach the summit.

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Was amazing and so worth it!

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Amazing trail. My brother, 12 year old daughter, 10 year old son, and I hiked it in aug, 2010. Only me and my daughter were brave (or stupid) enough to jump in the lake.

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a very good hike. my legs hurt the for two days after. the view was amazing. good to go with a hiking buddy. I even seen some people RUN that trail. insane! it took me 7 hours to hike this. totally worth your time n effort.

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Good beginner hike. Best to take a couple days, spend some time on top and see all the lakes. Fullers the only one with fish in it and its on the very top. Its with the trip.

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13 Completed 8 Reviews

Don't go there, the views are terrible, the hike is ridiculously boring. No reason to go there.

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