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Beautiful and easy hike with extra if you need more

We went in early October when the glacier was probably at its smallest. Even so, it was still... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
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St. Mary's Glacier is a lovely drive up from Idaho Springs and makes for a perfect day trip. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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7599 Fall River Road, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in early October when the glacier was probably at its smallest. Even so, it was still interesting and the lake and other views were gorgeous. It's about an hour from Denver, which is super close for something as spectacular as this! The hike...More

Thank leamington_malfoof
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

St. Mary's Glacier is a lovely drive up from Idaho Springs and makes for a perfect day trip. The hike is very rocky and a little steep but very doable for most any skill level. Once you arrive it is the perfect setting for hammock...More

Thank akfowens
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mom and I did this hike in September. The leaves in Idaho Springs were starting to change, so the drive up from I-70 was beautiful! We paid $5 cash to park in one of the lots near the hike entrance. You have to fill...More

2  Thank savlee126
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great drive on a twisty road from the Interstate up to the parking lot. The hike is not too difficult but there are some rocky areas. The payoff is the beauty to take in once you arrive. The lake is peaceful and the colors are...More

2  Thank buckinut33
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Just 1,5 h of drive from Denver, passing small town of Idaho Spring you can reach St. Mary’s Glacier. There is privet self-service parking where you need to leave a car, cost 5$ per day. You need to walk about 20 min to reach the...More

Thank bluebird4007
Reviewed 6 September 2018

In all the research I did for the Denver trip, this was the most highly recommended activity. And I must say, it delivered! The 1 mile hike to the top wasn't too bad although it was fairly steep. We took lots of breaks on the...More

1  Thank Megan S
Reviewed 30 August 2018

The hike was over a rocky path on a continual incline. The path is not well marked, so using the All Trails app was helpful to keep us from turning the wrong way. View at the top was beautiful and we were able to scramble...More

Thank Rantcliff
Reviewed 22 August 2018

This is really a great hike to see something so wonderful. It's about a 3/4 mile hike to the lake which is amazing nestled in the hills and mountains. Wonderful views and fun walking along the lake shore. Dogs and kids were having fun playing...More

1  Thank AFL95
Reviewed 19 August 2018

This is a hidden gem that's nestled at the top of a short hike. At the top you'll see a glorious alpine lake and a glacier supplying it. This is a lovely hike for those not adjusted well to altitude since it is short -...More

2  Thank zagury2018
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

As many times as we’ve visited Colorado we didn’t know there was a good hike without hiking 12 miles we found this hike on trip advisor and loved it. The only complaint we had and maybe we just don’t know the rules for hiking with...More

2  Thank lubesdad
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Tammy B
14 September 2018|
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Response from zagury2018 | Reviewed this property |
As someone else said, the weather can vary greatly. I would encourage bringing a rain jacket or wind breaker, as the rain can sneak up on you, but this type of outerwear will also keep you warm at the top of the hike. The... More
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Response from Heather J | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t see any children while I was there.
Lawrence H
23 July 2018|
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Response from Heather J | Reviewed this property |
They close the park at night, sorry no camping.