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“worth the hike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ice Lakes

Ice Lakes
Silverton, CO
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Ranked #8 of 17 Attractions in Silverton
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: High-altitude basins in Colorado's San Juans offer excellent hiking opportunities.
Durango, Colorado
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“worth the hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Don't need a 4wheel drive to get to this trail head. The trail is well marked. The hike is moderate and good for all ages. If you want to get into the middle of the mountains quickly this is a good trail to take. Pack a lunch and bring a camera it is beautiful.

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Montrose, Colorado
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“One of themost beautiful places I've been. Worth the work!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We visited toward the tail end of the season last year at the end of September. The hike up to the basin and lakes is steep, but the distance is manageable and the payoff is absolutely worth it. We hiked up on a Friday afternoon after work and only had to share the basin with a few other parties. We beat the day-hiker crowd up to the lakes, but even at it's busiest there is plenty of room to explore without feeling crowded. I could go on and on about the beauty of this place, but out of the 47 states I've visited Colorado is right at the top of the list, and Ice Lakes is a worthy destination if you want to get away from the front range and off the beaten path a bit.

Visited September 2011
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“This must be heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Ice Lakes is one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. Beautiful wildflowers, streams, waterfalls, meadows and a gorgeous teal green lake at the top surrounded by mountains. If you want to cut off 1 mile, go to the upper trailhead. You won't regret doing this awesome hike!

Visited July 2012
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“Bucket list hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

There are no real signs to the trail. You must turn into the mineral creek camp ground, the road is #585, and drive until you see a switchback/road labeled clear lake. You need a four wheel drive to access this road. Stop at first major switch back and park on the elbow of the road. This cuts off 500 feet of elevation or half mile of hiking. Trust me you need this help. Elevation starts at 9800 and tops off at 12260. Trail is straight ahead and walk to the right. Take water and snack or lunch to regain your energy for your return trip. This hike is strenuous if you are not physically fit. It is a 2.2 mile to lower basin an additional nasty mile to reach upper ice lake. The last mile is all up hill with many switch backs. You start in timber and work your way beyond timberline, so bring a jacket/rain poncho. Most likely to rain in afternoon. Wild flowers all over, water falls are plentiful with great views of the mountains. When you reach to top it is sooooo worth it. The lake is feed by a glacier which creates a beautiful blue color. Only a few in the state of Colorado let alone the country. This was a bucket list for me and my husband.

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Silverton, Colorado
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“Scenic Silverton @ it's best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

So scenic you just can't beat it, great hiking trail but very vertical

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