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The water is incredible! A phenomenal place!

The water in Ice Lake is some of the bluest I've ever seen! It is an absolutely amazing sight! The... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Logan, Utah
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Best high country hike in Colorado.

The guide books said it was one of the best, and after our walk up there today I will heartily... read more

Reviewed 25 July 2018
Richard R
Mukilteo, Washington
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High-altitude basins in Colorado's San Juans offer excellent hiking opportunities.
Silverton, CO
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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

The water in Ice Lake is some of the bluest I've ever seen! It is an absolutely amazing sight! The hike at times was a little daunting, but the reward of seeing Ice Lake made it worth it. The water is such a deep blue...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2018

The guide books said it was one of the best, and after our walk up there today I will heartily agree. And the deep azure blue color of the lake is unlike any other high lake I've been too. That was the bonus.

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

The hike is tough, but the views are well worth it. We made sure to be at the trailhead at dawn to avoid the thunderstorms that occur in the afternoons. We had perfect weather, gorgeous wildflowers, and breathtaking views. This is a must-do hike if...More

2  Thank BethItIs
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...More

3  Thank RightTruReviews
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
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.

1  Thank Carmen D
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...More

Thank shwizz718
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...More

Thank taylor h
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...More

Thank Katie S
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...More

Thank visitorfromIA
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
If you park at the standard trailhead, across from South Mineral Campground, there shouldn't be an issue. If you park at the lesser used trailhead off Clear Lake Road, which cuts off several hundred feet of elevation gain... More