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St. Mary's Glacier

7599 Fall River Road, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
(303) 567-4449
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Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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Chicago, Illinois
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90 reviews 90 reviews
42 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We hiked up to St. Mary's Glacier with a 6 and 8 year old. It was totally worth it, the views are stunning. You park in the private lot, it's $5 per car. Then you have to walk along the road just past the parking lot until you see a sign where the trail begins. There is a porta-potty at... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

On our recent trip to Colorado we experienced many amazing and beautiful sites, but this may be my favorite. The view is absolutely stunning, and it's not far from I-70, Idaho Springs, or Denver, and well worth the stop. Fairly short and easy hike if you are in good shape. Spectacular!

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Bradenton, Florida
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25 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Don't be intimidated when you see the beginning of the trail. It is rocky and mostly uphill. However, it is only about 3/4 of a mile to get to the glacier, and it is absolutely breathtaking. Be prepared for colder weather than in Denver due to the high elevation. Also make sure you bring $5 with you to pay to... More

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Phillipsburg, KS
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We have done this one several times while on our way to Breckenridge. This is a very rocky trail so you would want to make sure to wear the appropriate footwear and take it careful so as not to twist an ankle. Beautiful views at the Glacier and Lake.

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N.S.W
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

My wife and I walked up here and our way to Denver. A great little hike, also a first for us. Judging off tripadvisor we were ready for an uphill walking track and soon found a challenging uphill rocky path. It wouldn't be challenging for anyone who is able to walk a good distance and has good knees / back... More

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Richardson, Texas
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We drove to Idaho Springs from Golden on a road that went through the mountains and followed Clear Creek all the way to the top. The drive was beautiful, and the lake and mountains were even better when you get there. Make sure you pay attention to the weather before you go. We had breakfast in Golden and it was... More

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Joplin, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

First and foremost, once you actually reach the glacier and the lake it is absolutely beautiful. There really wasn't a whole lot of the glacier left when my mom and I went early October, but the lake and surrounding mountains were gorgeous. My mom is 65 years old and does have heart problems and we are both from the Midwest... More

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Fun but kinda hard to find if you don't know the trail. Fortunately there are a lot of people going up and down, so it's fairly easy to find.

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Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The hike was easy and not far to get to the glacier. It's pretty melted right now, but it's still cool to see! The lake was beautiful and the trees becoming yellow made the ride even more stunning.

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Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We hiked St Mary's Glacier yesterday. The hike is a moderate one with a steady climb and lots and lots of rocks to maneuver around and through. Once you get to the lake and glacier it is totally worth it. Beautiful. The lake is very cold, but there were hardy ones jumping off the side of the cliff into the... More

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