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Activities: Rock climbing
Description: Set against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs, this scenic lake is an...
Set against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs, this scenic lake is an excellent destination for hikers and fishing enthusiasts.
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An amazing 8.4 mile round trip hike will take you up the 2,552-ft. to Island Lake. The colors seem surreal, a beautiful turquoise lake, surrounded by high peaks. There was still... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

An amazing 8.4 mile round trip hike will take you up the 2,552-ft. to Island Lake. The colors seem surreal, a beautiful turquoise lake, surrounded by high peaks. There was still snow by Island lake when we visited in August. Words can not describe how gorgeous and pristine it was.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

One of the most beautiful places on earth! Perfect for a day hike or spend a week in the surrounding area... You absolutely won't be sorry you came here.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

If you hike the Ice Lakes trail and you don't make the short hike up to Island Lake, you better have a good excuse as to why you skipped it. For us, this was the most breathtaking part of the entire trail. The lake was a brilliant, glowing emerald color, like the oceans in Hawaii. We spent hours wandering around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Well, out of our group of 9 that made it to Ice Lake, only 3 made the additional trek up to Island Lake. It's not a bad hike from Ice Lake. It took us about 25 minutes from Ice Lake. It's elevation is about 300' higher than Ice Lake. It's worth the extra energy/time if you have it. Another hiker... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I've spent time running up here and backpacking. Every year the wildflowers are amazing as is the incredible blue lake. It's such a unique formation with a large granite island surrounded by the beauty of the San Juans. If you go I recommend more than just a day hike. Depending on the snow each year the lake might not thaw... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Ice Lake Basin / Island Lake is one of the prettiest places on the planet. To access the main trailhead, it is roughly a 6 mile journey down a dirt road (South Mineral Creek Rd) just outside of Silverton. From the trailhead you quickly start gaining some decent altitude. There are beautiful sights all along the trail. For the most... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Start out hiking to Ice Lakes... but there is a cut off trail to go to Island Lake from this trail. It is not marked and the trail is faint to the right. It's in the open area and you can see the waterfall in a distance up the trail. Be sure to find a good hiking map which will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

As the other reviewers have noted, the Upper Ice Lake is one of the premier hiking destinations in Colorado. But after you have caught your breath (physically and spiritually), it is time to break away from the awe-inspired crowd and head up to Island Lake. Don't worry - it will not be too difficult or to long, and it promises... More 

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