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Address: Silverton, CO

High-altitude basins in Colorado's San Juans offer excellent hiking...

High-altitude basins in Colorado's San Juans offer excellent hiking opportunities.

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Wonderful hike with snow

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... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2016
Deb C
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 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 experience, this is not it. Might as well take a walk in a local mall.... More 

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Reviewed 31 May 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.

Thank Deb C
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 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.

Thank Carmen D
Astoria Queens NYC
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38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 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 last week and my calves are still sore. Very pristine and beautiful. We hiked up... More 

Thank shwizz718
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 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 steep hike.

Thank taylor h
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 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 as Ice Lakes. Some ambitious young folks were even swimming in the lake. After hiking... More 

Thank Katie S
Rock Rapids, Iowa
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 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 this hike before note that when you come to the waterfall do not follow along... More 

Thank visitorfromIA
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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Oh my!!! This was our first real mountain hike. We camped at South Mineral campground, trailhead is across the road from campground. We set out after breakfast on a beautiful sunny day. We, consisted of 2 families, 9 total, 5 kids from 8 to 13. We didn't know much about the hike, was told by camp host that it was... More 

1 Thank k4mMarksville
Imperial, Missouri
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

With easy access, so much beauty, and the possibility to do non-technical summit scrambles (in season), Ice Lake Basin has become one of the most popular hikes in CO. My method of beating the crowds, and the "monsoon" storms, is to car camp for free along one of the pulloffs on FS 585 the night before, set the alarm to... More 

1 Thank Steve B
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2015

This was a truly incredible hike! I would echo the comments that I read in the other tripadvisor reviews before I took the hike myself (the views and scenery are absolutely incredible)! I will add a bit of info that was more specific to our experience. It was a very rainy/stormy week, and we were staying at the Purgatory resort... More 

2 Thank Jeff D

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