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Full day hike

What a great time with family and friends making this into a full day hike! We had 4 teenagers and... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
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This lake will literally take your breath away!

The hike up to this stunning lake is beautiful on its own and then you are rewarded by this... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2016
Carolyn M
Los Angeles, California
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5 Aug 2018
“Full day hike”
23 Jul 2016
“This lake will literally take your breath away!”
Set against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs, this scenic lake is an excellent destination for hikers and fishing enthusiasts.
Silverton, CO
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

What a great time with family and friends making this into a full day hike! We had 4 teenagers and 4 adults and not any of us accustomed to hiking! We took our time going up and let me tell you the last 700 ft...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank brumasterj
Reviewed 24 July 2016

The hike up to this stunning lake is beautiful on its own and then you are rewarded by this heavenly body of water. If you are brave enough, jump in for a swim, but be warned, it's FREEZING!

Date of experience: July 2016
6  Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed 31 August 2015

An amazing 8.4 mile round trip hike will take you up the 2,552-ft. to Island Lake. The colors seem surreal, a beautiful turquoise lake, surrounded by high peaks. There was still snow by Island lake when we visited in August. Words can not describe how...More

Date of experience: August 2015
2  Thank summitlove
Reviewed 27 August 2015

One of the most beautiful places on earth! Perfect for a day hike or spend a week in the surrounding area... You absolutely won't be sorry you came here.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 24 August 2015

If you hike the Ice Lakes trail and you don't make the short hike up to Island Lake, you better have a good excuse as to why you skipped it. For us, this was the most breathtaking part of the entire trail. The lake was...More

Date of experience: August 2015
5  Thank Akami1989
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Well, out of our group of 9 that made it to Ice Lake, only 3 made the additional trek up to Island Lake. It's not a bad hike from Ice Lake. It took us about 25 minutes from Ice Lake. It's elevation is about 300'...More

Date of experience: August 2015
2  Thank k4mMarksville
Reviewed 1 August 2015

I've spent time running up here and backpacking. Every year the wildflowers are amazing as is the incredible blue lake. It's such a unique formation with a large granite island surrounded by the beauty of the San Juans. If you go I recommend more than...More

Date of experience: August 2014
1  Thank jasoninthewilderness
Reviewed 28 October 2014 via mobile

Ice Lake Basin / Island Lake is one of the prettiest places on the planet. To access the main trailhead, it is roughly a 6 mile journey down a dirt road (South Mineral Creek Rd) just outside of Silverton. From the trailhead you quickly start...More

4  Thank Zach J
Reviewed 5 July 2013

Start out hiking to Ice Lakes... but there is a cut off trail to go to Island Lake from this trail. It is not marked and the trail is faint to the right. It's in the open area and you can see the waterfall in...More

Date of experience: June 2013
10  Thank Junebug15
Reviewed 18 June 2013

As the other reviewers have noted, the Upper Ice Lake is one of the premier hiking destinations in Colorado. But after you have caught your breath (physically and spiritually), it is time to break away from the awe-inspired crowd and head up to Island Lake....More

Date of experience: July 2012
7  Thank JoelMarty
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30 June 2017|
Response from Dan_RJH |
The trail head is 6.3 miles west of Silverton CO, along South Fork Mineral Creek, just shy of South Mineral Campground. It is readily accessible with a non-four-wheel-drive vehicle. Take U.S. 550 (the "Million Dollar... More
12 June 2017|
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Response from louisnikk |
Also, no cabins. It's at the end of a very long hike into the wilderness