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St. Mary's Glacier

7599 Fall River Road, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
(303) 567-4449
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Moorhead, MN
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98 reviews 98 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Our group of 21 people ages 4-40's took on this hike on a weekday morning (around 9 a.m.), and found the trails to be very quiet and peaceful. The terrain was not difficult, but challenging enough to make it "not boring" for the kids. Always a side trial or boulder or rock to keep the kids busy and entertained on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The St. Mary's Glacier is just fantastic to see! Getting there, though, means doing a 3/4 mile-hike on steep and a mostly-rocky terrain. To get there, take exit 238 off of I-70. Drive on Fall River Rd past the town of Alice. At some point, on the left side of the road, you'll see a not-very-clearly marked, unattended and unpaved... More

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Deer Park, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

This was a GREAT hike. It took us about 20 minutes to the lake, with about 3/4's of that steep-ish before it leveled out. The lake is beautiful! After wandering around the bottom, we hiked around it and up a little bit to the snow. I will say that even though I had been in the Denver area for several... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I absolutely loved this. It was my favorite hike/experience/view from our Colorado vacation. We went in June and it was fun and unexpected to hike over snow to get to this beautiful, pristine glacier. It was picturesque--well maintained, not a tourist trap. It was just wonderful. I will always remember this hike. We ended up just sitting... More

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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We hiked up with the kids and wow what a view. I have bad knees and was able to get up and down fine. Some kids were jumping into the water. They must have been crazy! We walked around to the semi-perma snow and the girls slid down it. Great place for a picnic!

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I liked this trail because it wasn't crowded. You can easily go off trail. Be careful with loose dogs because there are plenty of chipmunks for chasing. Theres a nice creek that goes through this area. $5 parking

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regina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Me and my husband hiked to the glacier and the views were amazing.I am not very athletic but with 4 short stops along the way I did it. It took us around 1 hour to get to the glacier and we loved it.The path itself are Huge Rocks and many places to lose your footings so make sure you wear... More

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Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Not knowing what to expect when we got there, we set off up the path. Needless to say, it is a very good workout as it is a fairly steep incline with glacial rock. Took the dogs with us, and they loved the hike and then the end reward, nice, cold glacial water! It was a breath taking view when... More

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Concord, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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