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 a brilliant, glowing emerald color, like the oceans in Hawaii. We spent hours wandering around the lake and soaking in the impressive scenery.
So if you do Ice Lakes, don't rob yourself of the best part of the trail. Go up to Island Lake. Just look across the stream that exits Ice Lake and you will see the trail going up the grassy slope. The hill may look intimidating but it's a very short trip, nothing compared to what you've already done to get up to Ice Lake.
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