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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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Crater Lake Trail
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100 Completed 89 Reviews

Hiking this trail,was great. Plenty of mountain scenery.It's wide open,andcan camp almost anywhere. Same lake on the way would be one great place to camp,unless you can backpack all the way to Cater lake. Then from the lake you can do a lot of back country hiking.2004-06-07

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Colorado Trail
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100 Completed 89 Reviews

Favorite place to camp and backpack.Picture # 8,10 is where I camped . Wide open ,next to trees.Early morning pictures 11,12. When I woke up I looked out into the valley and Elk were running through the grass. Sunny every day,great hiking.1999,june

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Highland Mary Trail
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100 Completed 89 Reviews

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Ice Lake Basin
by deborah Tyser

4 Completed 1 Reviews

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Potato Lake Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Alpine Loop Back Country Byway
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71 Completed 30 Reviews

Awesome drive.

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Silverton to Animas Forks Ghost Town
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71 Completed 30 Reviews

Great drive and cool place to visit!!

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Spud Lake
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8 Completed 1 Reviews

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Potato Lake Trail
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18 Completed 6 Reviews

This is the same Trail and Destination as the "Spud Lake Trail".
(Here is my Review posted for "Spud Lake Trail")
This is a very nice Quick / Short Hike, which serves as a good High Altitude "Intro Hike" for those not used to the thinner 9500+ air. The moderate altitude gain is spread throughout the trail, most of which is shaded but with interesting views of the surrounding Aspens as well as numerous Beaver Ponds and the exposed granite of Spud Hill and the Twilight Peaks. The destination - Spud Lake - is of decent size and very picturesque, with a 15-20min trail circumnavigating it. There are a number of primitive dispersed picnic / camping spots with crude fire rings. And the lake is deep enough, and fresh enough, to entice most hikers into the water. (This hike is also a reasonable destination during the Summer Monsoon weather, as it has no exposed ridgelines to worry about lightning or high winds.)

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Pass Trail to Engineer Mtn Trail
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18 Completed 6 Reviews

Pass Trail is the most popular route - Hike or Bike - up to the Meadows near the Junction of the Pass and Engineer Mountain Trails (and the scramble to the Summit of Engineer Mountain). There is substantial Parking a short way in along a Dirt Road across from and just a bit North of the Coal Bank Pass Pullout (with its Bathroom facilities) - but even this can get a bit crowded on good Summer Weekends. The first 2/3rds of the Trail is Tree-covered good-quality Single-track (with a few Snowbanks tucked alongside the Trail lasting well into June). The last 1/3rd traverses Open Meadows bathed in Wildflowers throughout most of the Summer and even into Autumn. The views from this upper portion include Engineer and Grand Turk and Sultan Mountains plus Snowdon and Twilight and even peeks of the West Needle Mountains across the other side of the Lime Creek drainage. If one still has Time and Energy, Pass Trail can be included as part of several different Loop or Shuttle Hikes.

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