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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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Stony Pass Road
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115 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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115 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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Chicago Basin 14er Circuit: Windom Peak Summit Trail - Sunlight Peak - Mount Eolus
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

I summited Windom Peak in July of 2009 with a group from my high school. There were 12 students and 2 teachers, with student experience ranging from basically nothing to climbing at the local indoor climbing gym, to small excursions to places like Devil's Lake (in WI). My experience was only the indoor climbing gym and small, simple hiking excursions around my hometown. We took the narrow gauge train from Durango to the Needleton stop, which was basically a clearing in the forest. We camped in the Chicago Basin, which was about a five hour hike from the train stop including a lunch break. We woke up at 4:30 AM the next morning and began our hike to the summit. We reached the summit around 11 AM and headed back shortly after-about 12 hours round trip. Although I can't say much about the route we took, I can definitely say this is not for the faint of heart. It was quite a workout, but well worth it. Of the 14 of us that started out for the summit, 12 reached the top; the two that didn't summit suffered from altitude sickness or a fear of our height. So minor experience is okay, but only if you have experienced guides and are in good physical condition. The most difficult/technical part of the climb was sort of bouldering, but basically scrambling up a pile of rocks-not difficult, but also not a walk in the park. Overall this was a wonderful challenge.
Also, I only summited Windom. There are two other peaks very close by and it is possible to do all three in one day.

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Colorado Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Starting at the Little Molas Lake Trailhead, this segment of the Colorado Trail can be anything from a 2-mile out-and-back to a 22-mile trek. The first 1.5-miles are a pleasant climb up to the ridgeline, and then the next several miles are a contouring traverse of the top of the Lime Creek watershed. A popular hike includes the first 4-5 miles, enough to reach the saddle between North Lime Creek and Bear Creek. This stretch will give you great views of the La Plata and southern San Juan Mtns - Grand Turk, Engineer, Twin Sisters, Twilight, Hesperus... And in the Summer, you are waist-deep in wildflowers for most of the trail !!

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Ice Lake Basin
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13 Completed 8 Reviews

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

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Pass and Coal Creek Loop
by Sara Rice

10 Completed 10 Reviews

We parked in the lot across from the marker for Coal Bank Pass. The trail steadily climbs up to Engineer Mountain. You go through meadows, forest, past a lake, cross small streams and come out in an alpine meadow. The view of the surrounding mountain ranges is incredible. This was a busy trail, very popular.
If there has been rain, it is very muddy and slippery.

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Engineer Mountain Trail
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156 Completed 65 Reviews

This trail is used for the popular mountain biking route from Molas Pass to Coal Bank Pass. There are a few tough climbs and a few areas that can stay pretty sloppy and muddy if there has been any rain. But the fast and flowy sections, as well as the long and fast descent at the end, make this an amazing ride with amazing views.

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Ice Lake Basin
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Was amazing and so worth it!

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Silverton to Animas Forks Ghost Town
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18 Completed 18 Reviews

Very cool ghost town and getting there from Silverton is very easy. All it is is a dirt road, you could get there in 2WD easy. Definitely check it out.

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Poughkeepsie Gulch
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18 Completed 18 Reviews

The Poughkeepsie Gulch trail is a great, fun, and challenging trail that should only be attempted by those who how have pretty build vehicle capable of handling very tough conditions. The one obstacle which makes this trail so well known is "The Wall" which will require excellent articulation, at minimum a rear locker,and of course, low 4-wheel drive and high ground clearance. If you start this trail from Highway 550, you will actually be starting on the Mineral Creek trail which is rated as a difficult trail because it does have some narrow roads where passing is impossible and there are some rocky obstacles but a stock 4x4 SUV with high ground clearance can do this. You will eventually reach the sign where you take a left to go to Poughkeepsie Gulch and after a while you will reach a nice long climb on loose rock where 4 wheel drive and momentum is important. Soon after this though there will be one small rock obstacle which can be avoided but then you reach "The Wall". The Wall has multiple places where one can go up and I personally was able to get up without the use of a winch but there are a few winching points at the top for getting up since it is challenging. Damage is pretty common here and having rock sliders or skid plates will probably help. A spotter will also help a lot and going on this trail with others is also a smart idea. After the wall, there are more rock obstacles but none as intense as the wall, and once you reach Lake Como, that is the end of the trail!

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