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The water is incredible! A phenomenal place!

The water in Ice Lake is some of the bluest I've ever seen! It is an absolutely amazing sight! The... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2018
Logan, Utah
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Best high country hike in Colorado.

The guide books said it was one of the best, and after our walk up there today I will heartily... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2018
Richard R
Mukilteo, Washington
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Aug 11, 2018
“The water is incredible! A phenomenal place!”
Jul 24, 2018
“Best high country hike in Colorado.”
High-altitude basins in Colorado's San Juans offer excellent hiking opportunities.
Silverton, CO
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

The water in Ice Lake is some of the bluest I've ever seen! It is an absolutely amazing sight! The hike at times was a little daunting, but the reward of seeing Ice Lake made it worth it. The water is such a deep blue...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 24, 2018

The guide books said it was one of the best, and after our walk up there today I will heartily agree. And the deep azure blue color of the lake is unlike any other high lake I've been too. That was the bonus.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Richard R
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

The hike is tough, but the views are well worth it. We made sure to be at the trailhead at dawn to avoid the thunderstorms that occur in the afternoons. We had perfect weather, gorgeous wildflowers, and breathtaking views. This is a must-do hike if...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank BethItIs
Reviewed July 25, 2016

This trail has fallen victim to its own popularity and it is VERY crowded with hikers, lots of trail runners all of who do not leash their dogs, who go out into the fields to harass the wildlife. If you are looking for a wilderness...More

Date of experience: July 2016
3  Thank RightTruReviews
Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Don't miss this hike but don't expect blue water and wild flowers yet. It's still covered with snow on Memorial Day weekend! Be prepared to walk through snow fields. Wonderful experience and we also will revisit in the summer.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Deb C
Reviewed October 10, 2015

Made a review before for Ice Lake but the entire trail is so awesome. Even being out of shape and not at all used to the high altitude we just couldn't get enough of it.

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Carmen D
Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

Blue like the Caribbean, after a few hours hike. About 4 miles 2700 ft. Friendly hikers along the trail will motivate you to continue up. We backpacked and camped. Brought way too much gear, so if you decide to camp out... PACK LIGHT. We hiked...More

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank shwizz718
Reviewed August 31, 2015

Upper lake basin is gorgeous! We visited Ice lake and Island Lake and couldn't take enough photos. Every step we took had amazing views of Lower lake basin, and when you get to the lakes they are a beautiful saturated cerulean blue! So worth the...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank summitlove
Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is a superb day from Durango - a pretty hike with lots of "wow" factor, great photo ops too. waterfalls and creeks along the way. Water at the Ice Lakes is turquoise. We continued to the final lakes but they were not as impressive...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank katies546
Reviewed August 19, 2015

Being a flat lander this hike was a little difficult for me because of the gain in elevation and lack of oxygen but it was so INCREDIBLE! Ice Lake is Beautiful and the lower basin is full of wild flowers.... If you have never hiked...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
If you park at the standard trailhead, across from South Mineral Campground, there shouldn't be an issue. If you park at the lesser used trailhead off Clear Lake Road, which cuts off several hundred feet of elevation gain... More