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Ice Lake Basin

Silverton, CO

Ice Lake Basin is a 9.3 mile out and back trail located near Silverton, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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I've been wanting to do this hike for several years and finally did it in late September! It's a serious trek up but you're greeted with a couple nice stream crossings and the lakes are outstanding. The water is incredibly colorful!

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Engineer Mountain Trail
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Ice Lake Basin
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This was a beautiful hike with lovely fall colors! The switchbacks can be a bit brutal, especially if you're not used to the altitude but totally worth it! Be sure not to miss the small wooden sign pointing left for the Ice Lakes trail in the beginning of the hike :P

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Wow! This hike will definitely test you but the view at the top is worth it.

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Ice Lake Basin
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This was amazing! Great end to a tough hike! Bring lots of water and prepare to stop a lot to adjust to the altitude if you are not used to it! Pretty long hike recommend starting very early - like before 9am!!! BUT when you get to the end where all the lakes are, it is all worth it!!!

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Absolutely stunning! The hike is horrendous for those in great shape....however, it was so worth it in the end. Being from Florida originally, I am used to seeing turquoise waters, but nothing could compare to the cobalt-turquoise of this lake.

I have two pieces of advice, take your time and take lots of water.

Also remember going down can be even more treacherous than the hike up.

It was definitely worth the pain and at the end, we saw a Bull Moose near the entrance!

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Spud Lake
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Great short hike with beautiful lake at end! Like others have said, the trek to the trailhead was pretty bumpy!