St. Mary's Glacier is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from December until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
$5 parking fee
Took my dog here to snowshoe and it was great! Only took a couple hours and the views from the top are beautiful. My dog loved romping around on the glacier. People were sledding and skiing as well! Great little quick winter hike.
Great starter hike, quick hike, or a hike with out of towners who might have elevation issues. It's short but super fun and pretty. I've done sunrise hikes here in the winter (which I don't recommend, very windy, everything frozen, but still gorgeous, will prob want to wear snow shoes or take skis) and summer, which is beautiful.
Get there early and try to go on a weekday.
Very easy and quick hike to the base of the glacier. Went in the end of summer when a lot had melted away. Plan to go back in the spring for a different experience. Fun! Bring cash for parking.
Blustery 15degreesF, with stiff winds blowing down off the glacier, enough to blow away gear set down for a moment. Plenty of snow on trails and untamped snow has a nice crust.
Bring a sled!!
5 degrees and beutiful
stunning. can't wait to come. back in the spring!
Great short hike with good views and areas on exploring. $5 for parking.
It's a nice short hike. Pretty snowy, but the trail was firmly packed down, so I only needed my yak traks. It was very windy at the lake - I almost got blown over a couple of times!