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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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Spud Lake
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike with kids. The views are beautiful and the lake is perfect to play in.

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Ice Lake Basin
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Magical. It's certainly a climb but not to be missed. Absolutely wonderful!

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Ice Lake Basin
by Tara Appel

16 Completed 1 Reviews

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Engineer Mountain Trail
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36 Completed 6 Reviews

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Ice Lake Basin
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

There is some gorgeous scenery here and the hike really shows if off.

BEFORE YOU HIKE THIS, PLEASE READ

There is a part of the trail that splits off near the beginning. One will take you to the actual trail and the other is a more risky route that eventually leads to the trail. I cannot tell you exactly where it is because I ended up taking the wrong way up and the right way down - unable to distinguish where it was.

I can tell you, though, that if you find yourself hiking up along the waterfall stream and climbing steep terrain in dark colored soil, you went the wrong way. Turn around and look for a path that has red soil - it will be obvious that it is a frequented trail. It will eventually lead you across the stream - farther below where the waterfall is.

If you go the wrong way, there is a point where it gets steep and the dirt is loose where you have to grab onto a dead tree to climb up. At the top you will end up at a trail and will need to turn left and cross through the waterfall. I would suggest only doing this if you are physically active and/or adventurous or looking to go off the more beaten track. Some people expressed their concern for going up that direction, and it wouldn't be too desirable to go down it.

Now, once you have gotten to open space you will eventually cross another stream and hit a fork in the path. Turn right into the tall plants. This will lead you up a stream bed towards Ice Lake Basin.

After reaching Ice Lake, I would highly suggest checking out Island Lake. It is about half a mile or less from Ice Lake. I was pooped after Ice Lake but Island Lake was doable. If you still have time and/or energy, there is a trail to reach the peak from Island Lake. It looks only to be a half mile again but much steeper.

There are 4 campgrounds leading up to the trailhead. The first three are free-for-alls and the last one (South Mineral Campground) is $19/night. It is located directly across from the trailhead. Potable water, toilets, and firewood are all located there. All campgrounds are first come, first serve.

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Colorado Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great day hike!

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Lime and Cascade Creeks
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I've done each of these trails a number of times and they are always a special treat. Summer and winter are good but late September and early October are my favorites.

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Columbine Lake Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike! Lots of uphill but well worth it.

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Ice Lake Basin
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8 Completed 6 Reviews

The prettiest final destination for a hike I've ever been on.

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Engineer Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

The wild flowers are unbelievable. Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket and a good camera.

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