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Owner description: A challenging mountain biking trail located outside of Boulder.
Reviewed March 29, 2012

If you like hiking and beautiful views, then St. Mary's glacier is for you. There is a short hike, .5 miles, to the glacier from the parking lot. You can take a longer hike if you would like. The glacier was really fun and a nice sight. The view from the glacier is amazing. You can see the surrounding mountains and a beautiful lake and stream.

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Reviewed July 18, 2010

Hiking the 3/4 mile up to St. Mary's Glacier is more than worth it. The parking is $5 per vehicle. When you get to the glacier - you see mountains, snow, and a lake - words don't do it justice. The 9 mile drive north from the Idaho Springs exit takes longer than you might expect. We spent a week in Summit County and this was our family's favorite activity. Our 4 year old even loved it.

4  Thank youthpastortimo
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Reviewed February 18, 2009

After a day at the indian hot springs we hiked up St. Mary's Glacier. It was a short somewhat steep hike. ( people were sledding down the trail, and my 20 month old could not walk in the snow. My wife and I had no issues )
The view at the end was great. We hung around the lake for about an hour.

My only complaints were the trail wasn't well signed. We just followed the worn path. Also, the only parking is a paid lot. Which seems silly.

2  Thank ptm2
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Reviewed November 15, 2003

To arrive at St. Mary's Glacier, take I70 about 30 minutes west of Denver, to Exit 238. From there, take County Rd. 275, Fall River Rd., about 12 miles north to St. Mary's Glacier trailhead.

There is abundant lodging available (motels, lodges, B&B's, resorts) in Idaho Springs, Empire, and Georgetown. All are within 12 miles of Exit 238, and they range in price (Fall pricing) from $45 to $180 (double) per night.

The drive up Fall River Rd. follows a deep canyon with steep, high, rock and forest covered cliffs on both sides. The views are spectacular. St Mary's Glacier is at 10,000 ft. elevation. A mile or two before St. Mary's Glacier is Alice Historical Site, the reminants of an old mining site. There is not much left to see at this site. Park at the St. Mary's Glacier trailhead along the county road, and hike 3/4 mi. on a fairly steep, rock strewn trail up to the glacier. A number of families were hiking the trail with small children. In mid October the glacier is divided into three parts going up the mountain. Parts of the glacier can be walked onto. A party of three people were ice climbing on the glacier. I saw several young people hiking up to the glacier with snowboards on their backs. It is easy to arrive at this site, and the scenery is gorgious.

We wanted to do some 4-wheeling, so we left the trailhead and continued on Rd. 275 to Silver Lake. After the lake, take a left and drive 200 yards past the B&B, to County Rd. 175 on the left. This is a jeep road and requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle. The first 1/4 mi. is very rough and steep, with large boulders. After that it becomes a dirt road that is uneven and has boulders in spots. The road continues to the top of the ridge, and gives beautiful views of St. Mary's Glacier and the surrounding mountains. We then followed the ridge for about 6 mi. There are numerous jeep roads that branch off to the right, down to Fall River Rd. and to the left, down to Central City. We were told that they could be very rough roads. We came to County Rd. 277, York Gulch Rd.
This is a good road, and it takes you down to Fall River Rd.

One last recommendation is to drive the Oh My God Rd. from Idaho Springs to Central City. This road climbs the canyon for about 6 mi., follows the ridge, and descends into Central City. It gets its name from the fantastic beauty of the views as it climbs and descends the canyons. It is a good road and can be driven in any vehicle.

3  Thank Platojp
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