Ice Lakes Trail

Ice Lakes Trail, Silverton: Tickets, Tours, Address, Ice Lakes Trail Reviews: 5/5

Ice Lakes Trail
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This breathtaking hike can be done in a day: 3.5 miles one way that takes hikers from 9,900 feet to over 12,200 feet, with many steep switchbacks, waterfalls and sweeping views along the way.
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Happy camper
6 contributions
Sad
Aug 2020
So thankful the trail has been closed. It is over ran with rude people and their pets. The trail has turned into a glorified dog run, poop every where . Not just dog waste, people move off the trail or at least bury you toilet paper. A beautiful place that has been ruined my bloggers and magazines saying go to Ice Lake. Hope with it being shut down and going to permit use only it will once again be a beautiful hike.
Written February 1, 2021
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Terry Bradshaw
Durango Mountain, CO1 contribution
Very Sad
Sep 2020
This trail is grossly over used and abused. During most of the summer months there is no parking, sometimes over 200 cars between parking lot and along road. Evidently, most of the people hiking this trail have no clue to LEAVE NO TRACE. There is toilet paper all over the ground all along the trail and in the basin, human feces left uncovered, dog poop bags left on the trail. It is is very upsetting. This is not an amusement park folks, it is the wilderness. Before you endeavor to hike, learn LEAVE NO TRACE and how to poop and pee in the wilderness.
Written October 26, 2020
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Cris Lett
Holly Springs, GA11 contributions
Beautiful and challenging!
Oct 2020
My husband and I are both fit and active but this hike put us in our place! There were several times I thought I wasn’t going to make it hit truck through it, it’s worth it! I had never seen so many different shades of blue on lake! Once you reach the lower basin, the fields open and while the hike gets harder, it’s easier because you can see all the wonderful views!
We did not make it to Island Lake but I heard Ice Lake is the real eye catcher.
Hiking poles helpful but not necessary.
Written October 21, 2020
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WfRay
13 contributions
Absolutely beautiful hike but not recommended if you're out of shape
Oct 2020
This hike is as gorgeous as everyone says. We started our hike at 7:30/7:45 on a weekday morning and there were only a few other cars there. We are in good shape and are fairly experienced hikers, so we chose to do the trail up to Ice Lake, then went over to Island Lake (a little sketchy in one part), and looped back around and down. Just shy of 9 miles in exactly 5 hours and it was stunning!
Written October 19, 2020
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Shane H
Arlington, TX41 contributions
Start early, pack a lunch and water, and enjoy every step
Aug 2020
You probably need to get there early, not only for parking, but to have time to make it up to Island Lake. We had sun, rain, sleet, hail, wind, and calm all in the same 5 hours on the trail. I cannot wait to do it again.
Written September 9, 2020
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Cindy R
Mobile, AL45 contributions
Wonderful Hike
Sep 2020
This trail was recommended to us and it did not disappoint. It's very challenging but the views are 100% worth the hiking. Ice Lake is breathtaking, take plenty of water and a few snacks to keep your energy up.
Written September 4, 2020
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N7779AVmatt
Tulsa, OK50 contributions
Hard but beautiful
Aug 2020
The other reviews are spot on that this is a difficult hike. Gains over 2,000 ft in elevation and pretty consistently at a slope. We read that it was less slope to take the trail to Island Lake first and then over to Ice Lake before heading down. After working our way back down from Ice Lake and seeing what we would have been going up (a small section of rock scrambling and a looser trail) we agreed. Took us about 6 hrs after starting at 7 am before the parking filled up. The good news, it is beautiful with blue waters that pictures don’t fully show. Of the hikes we have done in CO, this was the prettiest hike we have done, but just be prepared with water, snacks, and time.
Written August 24, 2020
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Olivia C
Cincinnati, OH18 contributions
Breathtaking! (literally)
Aug 2020 • Friends
Not for the faint of the heart or lungs, this trip has some serious altitude gain after already starting at 10,000 feet, but it’s well worth every step! Stunning views throughout the whole hike and well maintained trails. Be sure to plan a full day for this; though the distance isn’t great, it takes time with adjusting to the altitude along the way.
Written August 14, 2020
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KRupp2014
Castle Rock, CO108 contributions
Wonderful family hike
Jul 2020
Wonderful hike. A bit crowded but everyone was courteous and there were no issues.
the scenery is just fantastic. There are several different route options off of this trail too, but we just stuck to the Ice lake trail.
Written August 4, 2020
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San324
Schenectady, NY75 contributions
Beautiful!!!!!
Jul 2020 • Family
Our second time to hike this trail. It’s a moderate hike with a few more challenging parts at the switchback start and at the final end portion but worth the effort. There’s a flatter portion thru wildflower. Lots of views throughout the trail. The lake is simply beautiful with various shades of blue and green, with mountains as a backdrop. Bring plenty of water.
Parking lot gets filled up so start no later than 8 or 8:30am. Enjoy
Written July 25, 2020
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