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Ice Lake Basin

Silverton, CO

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.

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

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Pass Trail to Engineer Mtn Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

very nice hike.. not very difficult unless you are a lowlander... amazing views and wildflowers!

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Spud Lake
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

great senic easy hike. Perfect for kids... My three and five year old both hiked entire roundtrip with no complaining... Drive to trailhead is harder than the hike!

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Ice Lake Basin
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

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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Spud Lake
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was a great hike! Not too strenuous and the beauty of the lake was a great reward. The only thing that was a bit tough was the road going up. It was quite rocky at times, but can probably make it if you have a vehicle with high clearance. We ended up parking about a 1/2 mile from the trail head and walking the rest of the way.

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Crater Lake Trail
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10 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a great day hike or easy backpack trip. I backpacked in and camp at the lake with my dog. It's a nice hike on a hot day as it's mostly in the forest, but you still get nice views. Unfortunately, some of those views are of the highway. There are some really muddy parts of the trail.

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Spud Lake
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Don't plan on making it all the way to the trailhead in a sedan. My AWD normal clearance sedan only made it 2 out of the 3 miles, then it got too rocky. Even the walk on the forrest service road is really pretty. The trailhead is just past pond to tight right. Then it's a partially rocky trail that doesn't really have much of an elevation change. Certainly capable of being done out and back in less than 2 hours. There is plenty of beach real estate to hang around and eat. Don't forget bug spray.

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Ice Lake Basin
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

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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Stony Pass Road
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118 Completed 47 Reviews

A beautiful pass to drive the first of August, for all the varieties of wildflowers. The hillsides are full of them towards the top of the pass,on both sides.

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Ice Lake Basin
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118 Completed 47 Reviews

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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