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A difficult hike with an amazing payoff!

This is a high elevation hike (ends at around 12,500 feet) and it climbs fast. Take lots of water... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ice lake & Island Lake Trail

After our first visit to San Juan National Forest region last year when we hiked to Hope Lake, we... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2018
Jersey City, New Jersey
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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.
Silverton, CO
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

This is a high elevation hike (ends at around 12,500 feet) and it climbs fast. Take lots of water if you haven't acclimated to the elevation. We are experienced hikers and there were numerous water breaks along the way. However if you make it to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank EricR75
Reviewed 3 October 2018

This is the longest trail I have been on. Reviews here is very helpful for me to prepare for the hiking. I carried water and food with me, and planned to use a day to see the amazing ice lake. The trail is about 4...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LisaMNUSA
Reviewed 9 September 2018

After our first visit to San Juan National Forest region last year when we hiked to Hope Lake, we were mesmerized by the scenic beauty & here we were exactly a year later on our way to Ice Lake. Given it was a long weekend,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RaoKarnad
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

As are all the trails we were on... this one is accessible by Jeep or 4WD. The scenery is outstanding. The lake is as Blue as the sky.... even bluer. It is an awesome trail. Ya gotta go!!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 2babybluz
Reviewed 14 August 2018

I found the reviews on here to be helpful when making my decision to go, so I figured I would write one. We arrived very early in the morning, to take our time up the hike. Honestly, I didn't realize HOW steep the climb is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Kay S
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

This Trail is excellent and a beautiful place to hike. If you go all the way to the Upper Ice Lake,it becomes rather treacherous just before the end because of how steep and Rocky it is. But it is worth it. If you're doing lower...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank CarrLotMama
Reviewed 8 August 2018

This hike is not for the faint of heart as you will travel several miles along with a lot of elevation gain to get to the treasured Ice Lake and/or Island Lake. Either way it is well worth the effort! Be warned though if you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jrog9832
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Great hike. Please be aware the parking is limited. Arrive early to get a parking spot. If you arrive and there are not parking spots, please do not park in meadows or along the road. Wait for a parking spot to open or choose to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank jedbotsford
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Outstanding views all around! Great hike, the lake is stunning, and the wildflowers are amazing! Must do trail!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Marystrader
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Drove 2 1/2 hours to hike this trail July 12th at 8 months pregnant. As a flat lander, and pregnant, this was a challenging hike but so worth it. We did an easy hike as well as a moderate hike in the days prior to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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2 November 2018|
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Response from CarrLotMama | Reviewed this property |
It would depend on the amount of snow the area has had. I'd call someone local and ask before trying it.
Ashley C
19 August 2018|
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Response from jedbotsford | Reviewed this property |
Yes the hike is ok to do in Oct. Remember that temperatures will be cold compared to other places. Dress in layers. Check the weather before you go as rain at lower elevations can be snow around the lakes. In October you... More
15 July 2018|
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Response from Stacie K | Reviewed this property |
We didn't bring dogs, but we saw at least 10 people who did. We even saw one little dog, but the owner ended up carrying him in a backpack. The dogs all seemed pretty happy. ☺