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Ice lake & Island Lake Trail

After our first visit to San Juan National Forest region last year when we hiked to Hope Lake, we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jersey City, New Jersey
So so beautiful

As are all the trails we were on... this one is accessible by Jeep or 4WD. The scenery is... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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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.
Silverton, CO
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After our first visit to San Juan National Forest region last year when we hiked to Hope Lake, we were mesmerized by the scenic beauty & here we were exactly a year later on our way to Ice Lake. Given it was a long weekend,...More

Thank RaoKarnad
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

As are all the trails we were on... this one is accessible by Jeep or 4WD. The scenery is outstanding. The lake is as Blue as the sky.... even bluer. It is an awesome trail. Ya gotta go!!!

Thank 2babybluz
Reviewed August 13, 2018

I found the reviews on here to be helpful when making my decision to go, so I figured I would write one. We arrived very early in the morning, to take our time up the hike. Honestly, I didn't realize HOW steep the climb is...More

1  Thank Kay S
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

This Trail is excellent and a beautiful place to hike. If you go all the way to the Upper Ice Lake,it becomes rather treacherous just before the end because of how steep and Rocky it is. But it is worth it. If you're doing lower...More

Thank CarrLotMama
Reviewed August 8, 2018

This hike is not for the faint of heart as you will travel several miles along with a lot of elevation gain to get to the treasured Ice Lake and/or Island Lake. Either way it is well worth the effort! Be warned though if you...More

Thank jrog9832
Reviewed August 8, 2018

Great hike. Please be aware the parking is limited. Arrive early to get a parking spot. If you arrive and there are not parking spots, please do not park in meadows or along the road. Wait for a parking spot to open or choose to...More

1  Thank jedbotsford
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Outstanding views all around! Great hike, the lake is stunning, and the wildflowers are amazing! Must do trail!

1  Thank Marystrader
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Drove 2 1/2 hours to hike this trail July 12th at 8 months pregnant. As a flat lander, and pregnant, this was a challenging hike but so worth it. We did an easy hike as well as a moderate hike in the days prior to...More

2  Thank Julia L
Reviewed July 11, 2018

We did this hike on day 2 of vacation, coming from sea level. This was a hard, strenuous hike for all of us, 2 adults, 2 teens. I think part of the issue was not being acclimated as I think we were getting symptoms of...More

3  Thank Leslie F
Reviewed July 10, 2018

This hike is an endurance hike as it is a steady climb up. When you reach lower Ice Lake you are on level ground for about a mile. Then you begin the climb to Upper Ice Lake. The views on the trail are beautiful with...More

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Ashley C
August 18, 2018|
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Response from jedbotsford | Reviewed this property |
Yes the hike is ok to do in Oct. Remember that temperatures will be cold compared to other places. Dress in layers. Check the weather before you go as rain at lower elevations can be snow around the lakes. In October you... More
July 14, 2018|
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Response from Stacie K | Reviewed this property |
We didn't bring dogs, but we saw at least 10 people who did. We even saw one little dog, but the owner ended up carrying him in a backpack. The dogs all seemed pretty happy. ☺
June 25, 2018|
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Response from jedbotsford | Reviewed this property |
No. The Ice Lakes trail is a non-motorized trail.