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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
brumasterj
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Farmington
via mobile
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
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Los Angeles, California
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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 elevation gain was tuff! We pushed thru and finally made it to Ice Lake
After eating and taking some time to soak in the beauty and a little cold soak we made it down!
It was a full 8.5 hour day of hiking and viewing!
I think it took 4 hours to reach the top and 2.5 hours down. This is a big challenge for any who are not accustomed to hiking, but it’s manageable

2  Thank brumasterj
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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!

6  Thank Carolyn M
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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 gorgeous and pristine it was.

2  Thank taylor h
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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.

Thank MLeeTPA
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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 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.

5  Thank Akami1989
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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' higher than Ice Lake. It's worth the extra energy/time if you have it. Another hiker had told us that there is a less traveled trail that makes a loop and comes back to main trail just below the meadow. We didn't try it, just backtracked. Wish we had a trail map.

2  Thank k4mMarksville
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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 just a day hike. Depending on the snow each year the lake might not thaw out until mid July.

1  Thank jasoninthewilderness
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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 gaining some decent altitude. There are beautiful sights all along the trail. For the most part the trail is well marked and easy to follow and there are many great trail maps on line with detailed directions. I would recommend hiking/running early because there isn't much protection above tree line for the afternoon t-storms that fire up. We got caught in a hail storm because we spent too much time being mesmerized by Island Lake the surrounding mountains, rather than keeping an eye on the sky.

4  Thank Zach J
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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 a distance up the trail. Be sure to find a good hiking map which will direct you. I have always hiked to Ice Lakes, but now I take the trail to Island Lake and then hike over to Ice Lakes (not very far away at all). It's easier to go this way, then hike the Ice Lake trail coming back. It's one of the most beautiful hikes in Colorado! Enjoy waterfalls, streams, wild flowers, bright turquoise water with surrounding mountains! About an 8 mile round trip, ENJOY!

10  Thank Junebug15
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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. Don't worry - it will not be too difficult or to long, and it promises to be the icing on an already rich cake.

If you do not have a trail map or guide book, don't despair. Look behind you from the near shore of the Ice Lake and up a hill to the left. You should be able to make out the trail. To get there, you will have to do a relatively easy ford over the stream that feeds into the Ice Lake, but, once you are over this, it is a relatively modest trek up and around the bend to view the Island Lake. It has iridescent blue coloring and an almost jewel-like setting for the little island in the middle. A great place to have your lunch, and then head back down.

7  Thank JoelMarty
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