St. Mary's Glacier
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mom3boysslp
Smithton, MO7 contributions
Aug 2021
We are not avid hikers but decided to tackle this hike because it's only 1.5 miles round trip--the view is definitely worth it! There's a $5 self-pay fee to park, the trailhead was located between the 2 parking lots. Be prepared to step on and over rocks/boulders the entire time, this is not a smooth path! There are great "resting" rocks on the way up if you're out of shape like us. Our boys (22,17,15) had no difficulty with the hike whatsoever and once we were up, the trip down was easily accomplished! Beautiful view for sure!
Written August 3, 2021
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mary p
72 contributions
Jun 2020
I've been here twice now; once in Feb 2020 and again June 2020. The hike up is pretty strenuous but a good work out and beautiful reward at the top. Bring a jacket, the wind is chilly coming off the lake. Many people picnic up here, it is lovely so plan to hang out. Parking is challenging, plan to pay the #5 fee and park in the lot (cash only). If you park on the side of the road you WILL be ticketed. Satellite bathrooms available in parking lot.
Written June 26, 2020
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Seth J
Omaha, NE6 contributions
Jul 2020
It was my wife and I, 32 and 34 yrs old, my 14 yr old son and my 10 and 7 yr old daughters. The hike to the lake is pretty rocky and can be difficult for some, but when you get to the lake you feel amazing! Then my 2 oldest and I decided to climb the peak overlooking the lake. Very hard hike and I wouldn't recommend it if you have never hiked in a thin oxygen environment or don't exercise much, but the feeling of accomplishment if you do make it is soooo worth it! It was a true bonding experience between my 2 oldest and me. Don't forget the sunscreen! its easy to forget that you burn a lot faster at those altitudes lol.
Written July 29, 2020
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Andrea O
1 contribution
Jul 2021
We came here more for the hike than the lake, and decided as locals that there are far less crowded places to hike where the parking is free and the restrooms are clean. The signs indicate that there is no street parking and that the $5 parking lot is on private land. There was a row of filthy portable toilets full to the top and infested with flies. Many had bags of trash inside them because there are no trash receptacles provided. The parking lot was full on a Monday, with cars circling and waiting for spots. So what is the "private owner" doing with the parking revenue? Perhaps a few calls to the county (Clear Creek) health department might urge them to put some of that income towards servicing the bathrooms and providing trash receptacles......just a thought.
Written July 20, 2021
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michaeljones46
Oklahoma City, OK479 contributions
Oct 2021
Beautiful drive up and back, and trailhead had ample parking plus toilets. Hike is not easy, as it is a decent climb and since the "trail" is up the glacial moraine it is quite rocky. Wear good hiking shoes. Trail is not well marked, but as long as you stay on the moraine you make it to the lake with no problem. Not for strollers. Lake was beautiful, and the hike crosses a nice bridge to continue up and around the lake to the glacier. The actual glacier cannot be seen from the lake, you have to hike up the rather loose moraine to the northwest and climb over the ridge to see the glacier. We were there in mid October and the glacier was quite small. But well worth the hike!
Written October 9, 2021
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Cryptic_Tourist
Saint Louis, MO647 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
After reading many reviews online of hikes near the Denver area, I chose this one due to the overwhelming positive reviews and photos. Photos do not do it justice, it is absolutely gorgeous in person.

As many other have mentioned, get there very early. We arrived at 6:30 AM and there was already three cars in the lot. It was during a very hot weekend in Denver so a lot of folks were heading to the mountains. When we left at 8:00, the parking lot was almost full. When we went to pay the cash fee, there were no permits left. The owner told us he frequently runs out and doesn’t leave pens anymore because he went through thousands of them.

The hike itself isn’t too challenging if you’re up to hiking in a higher altitude. Lots of rocks/some light bouldering on the way up. I noticed a small spur on the way up that led to a gorgeous waterfall. No one mentioned that in any of the other reviews I read. Once you get to the lake, you could turn back but we opted to hike up to the snow pack. Glad we did! Very fun hike!
Written July 24, 2022
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blessedsights2c
Ridgeway, WI25 contributions
Aug 2020
Parking was 5$. Cash only. There were plenty of spots available. We did the hike on a Tuesday afternoon. There were many people there and made the trail crowded. It is a steep, rocky walk up. The view at the top made it well worth it. There is a lot of room around the lake and glacier area, so it didn’t feel as crowded as the trail was. There is a short hike from the lake right up to the glacier. Excellent picture opportunity. Our kids enjoyed climbing around the rocks, touching the glacier, and stepping into the cool lake.
Written August 12, 2020
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thekookykorinn
Springfield, IL6 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
this trail was amazing! the end view of the glacier was spectacular & breathtaking. The trail was filled with families which was comforting. (especially the dogs) 10/10 would recommend, keep in mind the trail is very rocky at the beginning.
Written July 24, 2021
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romanpiekosz
Chicago, IL8,688 contributions
Sep 2020
Such a beautiful place, beautiful lake, surrounded by rocks and vegetation which was changing their colors in the end of September.
Monday looked to me like best time for this trip. Anyway, there was a lot of people there. I can imagine what's going on during the weekend.
Hiking was not very easy due to the big rocks laying on the trail in lower section.
The upper section, above the lake is not easy too. There was a lot of movable rocks mixed with the soil dirt, so I had to hike with carefulness.
It's worth to pay $5 at the parking spot.
I wish to come back with my family members.
I spent about an hour sitting by the lake and watching people and the nature.
I strongly recommend this place.

RomanP
Written October 2, 2020
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Otter2269
Lincoln, NE303 contributions
Jul 2020
We were so happy we found this place. The hike was not overly difficult, and the payoff at the top was more than worth the hike. The lake was gorgeous and the kids getting to play in the snow was priceless. Our kids are 6, 8, and 11. They had a blast. We saw other kids as young as 4 make the hike, though that may be a stretch for a little one.
Written July 19, 2020
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