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Quite a hike, but absolutely Stunning

I hiked this trail solo and it was no easy feat. I'd hiked a steep 8 miles up and back down on a... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2018
Kate O
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Sedona, Arizona
Well worth the hike

The hike was beautiful the whole way. So many interesting sights from the wooded trail to the... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
D H
,
Lehi, Utah
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This breathtaking hike can be done in a day: 3.5 miles one way that takes hikers from 9,900 feet to over 12,200 feet, with many steep switchbacks, waterfalls and sweeping views along the way.
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“ice lakes” (9 reviews)
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Silverton, CO
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

I hiked this trail solo and it was no easy feat. I'd hiked a steep 8 miles up and back down on a different trail the day before and spent the night on the ground in a tent, so I'll blame my tired muscles and...More

1  Thank Kate O
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

The hike was beautiful the whole way. So many interesting sights from the wooded trail to the mineral deposits in the streams that make them shine, and finally to the amazing lake! We hiked this in October when there was snow. I want to return...More

2  Thank D H
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

I'm writing this review kind of late...but coming to CO for 3 years in row to hike during summer is always a breathtaking experience. Literally, I don't do well in high altitude. Every hike is different and unique and beautiful in its own ways. Getting...More

1  Thank Marta F
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

We tent camped at the trail head for an early AM start. The trail had several stream crossings and flower filled open meadows in August. The highlight is aqua, turquoise Ice Lake.

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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

August 17th we planned to hike the ice lake and island lake trail outside of silverton co. We stayed in ouray and got up before sunrise to get to the trailhead early so we could get to the lake before lunch. The temp was 31...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

I have never done a real hike like this. It was difficult but absolutely beautiful. I read the best time of year to go is early August because that's when the wild flowers are best. And that did not disappoint. The colors of the water...More

3  Thank Rene D
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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Ice Lakes is one of those "must" hikes. The disclaimer is that you should be in good shape and love hiking because it's a climb. The reward is the stunning beauty as well as the satisfaction that you arrived. Take a picnic lunch, lots of...More

2  Thank Valerie M
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

A good friend and long time Colorado resident calls this the best hike in Colorado--and he may be right. The 3-4 hour hike up to lower Ice Lakes past a great waterfall is wonderful. Lower Ice Lakes is a cirque with a nice lake and...More

2  Thank williamhS4270EY
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

This hike is tough but you are rewarded by such beautiful sceenary you forget the difficulty. Just make sure you start early to avoid the afternoon showers so popular in the summertime.

2  Thank Pagosatravelbumusa
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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Starting out getting our feet soaked in a waterfall wasn't a great start, but luckily I brought an extra pair of socks. The trail through the forest was nice and leisurely, but the incline up to the actual lake was very snowy and a bit...More

2  Thank clreichert24
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FerMc14
11 January 2018|
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Response from Valerie M | Reviewed this property |
Can't be reached in the winter.
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Lindseym15
27 December 2017|
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Response from Marta F | Reviewed this property |
I too wondered if the trail was isolated, as other San Juan trails, but I agree Ice Lakes is popular, I started the hike around 8 am with the trail moderately busy. I went early in July all surrounded lake area was somewhat... More
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