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St. Mary's Glacier

7599 Fall River Road, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
(303) 567-4449
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Concord, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great hike, relatively easy effort for great reward! The parking lot is around 10,300 ft and the top is at 11,000 feet, so you need lots of water. There is no water at the trailhead, so fill up before you go. Bring $5 even to pay for parking, there is no one to make change. We arrived just before noon... More

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Littleton, Colorado
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10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Only about an hour away from Denver, this is a great little hike for both locals and tourist alike. Gorgeous views of a icy runoff lake surrounded by glacier snow, even in mid-July. If you want to play in the lake, I'd suggest carrying in those flip-flops as you need to hike in with good footwear because it is a... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We got the the parking lot just before 830AM and there were plenty of spots. It was a little tough getting adjusted to the high attitude in the beginning. Once I took a couple small breaks, it was easier. It was more flat when you get closer to the top. The trail is not clearly marked but it seems all... More

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Aurora, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The hike is steep and rocky but short (1.5 miles round trip) and SO BEAUTIFUL it is well worth it! You will come to two forks in the trail - just keep taking the rocky left forks to get to the lake. Take plenty of water, and rest often and you should be fine. (My 84 year old dad made... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

My husband and I hiked this and were not disappointed when we got to the Glacier. It was so calm and relaxing! The hike itself is pretty steep and VERY rocky...very BIG rocks! The path is not marked so you really need to pay attention to where you are going. The water is so clear and the views are breathtaking!!... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This was a steep hike, but 100% worth it! Bring some water & snacks and take your time hiking up. Once you get to the lake, it'll be worth it. I wish the trail had more signs though. At one point during the hike, I had no idea which way to go.

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Denver, Colorado
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18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a short but STEEP hike. However, the glacier and the lake at the top are worth it. Highly recommend!

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Casa Grande, Arizona
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

So worth the hike! Every view is phenomenal! Great spot to take in nature and appreciate beautiful country. Can't wait to come back & hike it again!

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Eustis, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The hike up to the top isn't so bad, just pace yourself and bring water and snacks. THIS PLACE IS MAGNIFICENT! The views are amazing, and the scenery will definitely be worth the short hike. If you bring grippy shoes or snow spikes, you can go further once you reach the snow. Get there early as the weather can get... More

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Hilton Head Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

An awe-inspiring view awaits you as you climb the three quarter mile rock-strewn trail and gaze across St. Mary's Lake to the glacier beyond. It may seem a bit disconcerting as you meet others climbing the trail with skis or snowboards in June or July, but they are after the fun of glacier skiing in summer. Once at the lake,... More

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