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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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22 Completed 1 Reviews

Best hike I've ever been on. You're really missing out if you don't do a loop through to Island Lake as well. We made this a two day one night backpacking trip. There are lots of spots to set up camp in the lower ice lake basin area if you're not looking to camp above tree-line by the lakes. We got to the lower lakes basin where you meet the sign directing you towards Island Lake to the right or Ice Lake to the left. We started towards Island lake and after about 500 feet just before a large boulder, turned right up a hill and found a site equipped with a fire circle and 360 view of the valley! We dropped our bags here and then headed towards Island Lake. This lake took our breath away and luckily we ran into a sole hiker who instructed us beyond the lake on a path towards Ice Lake. We had been planning to descend and re-ascend to ice lake. This saved us a tremendous amount of time and energy and we were able to loop past ice lake, down to lower ice lake, and then return to the path to descend to our campsite a different way! Having descended down the ice lake trail we realized ascending the island lake trail was much less treacherous!! It seemed everything fell into place for us just by fate. What a weekend!

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Ice Lake Basin
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Did the hike on august 17th 2014 with my wife and Saint Bernard! (Two diff people for all you funny people)...this was a long hike up due to elevation change and climb, but honestly the best hike I have ever been on! Amazing views and surreal beauty when you reach the top!!! We will be going prob a couple time a year now... We have two kids ages 6&4 and feel it's too much for them... I would say age 8 and up! Couple of places you need to pay attention to, and would be very difficult trying to carry child through them! Enjoy your hiking!!!

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Engineer Mountain Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Great hike for all levels... Even took 3&5 year old with us! They did great, with a few hand hold places!

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Ice Lake Basin
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

July 27th I did this hike....I had camped up at Clear Lake the night before and after shooting the wildflowers and sunrise I made my way down to the upper trailhead on clear lake road...found a parking spot and left the trailhead at 9am...This trailhead cuts off about 500ft elevation gain instead of starting at the campground trailhead...Where the 2 trails meet about 200 yds into the hike you have to cross a waterfall...If your feet and shoes are already wet don't make the mistake I did by changing into dry shoes and socks...you will get your feet wet...after this its all uphill until you reach the lower basin...This hike is no joke, take lots of water and some snacks to keep your body fueled for the climb... Once you crest the first hill into the lower basin you see majestic peaks and meadows of wildflowers....the views and surrounding areas are gorgeous....Then way off in the distance on the other side of the basin you can see the people in front of you going up again on their way to the upper basin...Don't feel bad if you take a quick break in the lower basin to get water and food... you earned it....get your breath and start the climb up to the upper basin...you wont regret it....it's like nothing I have ever seen before...blue green lake surrounded by massive mountains and fields of wildflowers....be sure to head over to the creek that is exiting the lake for some nice views as well.... I left the trailhead at 9am and was back down by 1:45pm due to a lightning storm that pushed us off the mountain....As I was coming down just after leaving Ice Lake there was a young lady maybe 28 or so breastfeeding her baby as she hiked up....I think everyone who walked past her was surprised to see that, given the difficulty of the trail....

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Ice Lake Basin
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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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4 Completed 4 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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4 Completed 4 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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