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“Excellent hike!”
Review of Ice Lakes Trail

Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Silverton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Sanger, Texas
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79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Excellent hike!”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Take your time, enjoy the views. Not to strenuous but is long so get an early start. Take lunch and plenty of water. It is also a great trail for backpacking as there are plenty of spots along the way and at the lake (either upper or lower ice lake or island lake which is further along) to camp. Have done it several times and it can get really cold at night so take your equipment!

Visited July 2013
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Durango, Colorado, United States
1 review
“Gorgeous at the top”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

It's a long steep hike, especially as you get towards the top. The lake is beautiful and peaceful. The wildflowers and waterfalls are amazing. The only bad thing were the flies. We went in mid July so I don't know if they are there all summer and fall, but they were so annoying and they bite. I didn't get any bites, but my husband got around six. It took us about 2 hrs to get to the top, but we passed lots of people and they were still coming up after we spent 1/2 hr eating lunch at the top and we were headed down. Your fitness level will determine how long it takes.

Visited July 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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195 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Top Day-hike from Silverton”
Reviewed 1 November 2012

Ice Lakes is beautiful and the hike to and from includes breathtaking scenery and experiences, from mountain vistas to flowers and crystal clear streams (snow year-round as well!) Guidebooks provide all the needed details. You just need a good pair of hiking boots and the will to climb on a well maintained trail to enjoy some of the most beautiful back-country the Western slope has to offer. Head out early in the summer mounths to avoid afternoon thunderstorms that are common. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank Lon B
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Tucson, Arizona
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82 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Amazing & Worth It!”
Reviewed 6 September 2012

My husband & I did the trek up to Upper Ice Lake on Sunday. We're both in great shape but this hike was pretty strenuous even for us. The reviews we found online said the average hiker needs about 3.5 hours to do it but we managed it in 2.5. The hike back from Upper Ice Lake is pretty easy as it's almost entirely a descent --the hike to Upper Ice Lake is the strenuous part. Lots of steep switchbacks, a bit of scrambling over a rocky area with loose rocks after passing Lower Ice Lake, but the entire hike is absolutely beautiful and worth it!! There are beautiful views no matter where you look --Aspen & Evergreen trees, wildflowers (even in September), waterfalls, even an abandoned cabin! When we went, it started to get really cold, windy, rainy, and started hailing during the last leg of the trip. We trekked on anyway & were glad we did! The lake is such a stunning color, especially when the sun comes out over it!

This is a dog friendly hike. We encountered many hikers who let their dogs run off the leash. I noticed a lot of the dogs heading back were wet from playing in the waterfalls & lakes. =D

Visited September 2012
3 Thank AmericanExpeditioner
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New Mexico
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unbelievable! This mountain is different everytime!”
Reviewed 15 June 2009

My daughters and I hiked Ice Lakes Trail yesterday, Saturday, June 13. We hiked the trail almost the same day five years ago, and this year there was so much snow the higher we got, that we almost didn't make it to the upper lake. We were fortunate enough to be behind two gentlemen who had gear in which they made tracks across ice packs that we could follow. They were obviously the first to make it to the top this year and made it possible for us to be next! On the way up the mountain, we were shedding clothing, but shortly after we headed down, it started to snow pretty heavily and the lower we got, the more wet the snow became. Roaring thunder and snow made for a great climb down. Luckily we had rain gear and it ended up being a beautiful day! We love your mountain and will continue to climb it every chance we get!

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