St. Mary's Glacier

EASY 177 reviews
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St. Mary's Glacier is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, CO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from December until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles 438 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

ice climbing

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

lake

views

15 days ago

If you keep going past the lake and the Glacier, you will hit another trail that leads to the view of Lock Lomond, and you will also see 3 beautiful lakes past that lake.

21 days ago

Short, rocky hike to a beautiful view. I'll be back!

hiking
29 days ago

Id agree with the other poster and list this one as moderate/hard. It is VERY rocky the whole way up and is a tough climb. It is definitely worth the view though, and my dog loved it. I will be doing this one again.

hiking
29 days ago

29 days ago

Steep trail but the tranquility of the lake at the end of the trail is definitely worth it. Busy spot though.

1 month ago

Awesome

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

My favorite spot in Colorado !

1 month ago

Nice hike. Short but has some steeper parts. Very rocky so watch your footing. Lake at the top was beautiful!

1 month ago

Great spot for a little cliff jumping! Pretty crowded so go early.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail should be listed as moderate to hard. The trail is above 10,000 feet, very rocky and on an incline, which would be difficult for anyone with weak knees, a bad heart or out of shape. Go early and take your time.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Short hike, very crowded, very rocky trail. No clear signage to lake, but following the crowd will get you there. Saw a small ice field behind the lake, assuming that's the glacier. Parking lots near the trailhead charge $5/vehicle. There are much better hikes around.

1 month ago

1 month ago

SO PRETTY

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this today after 2 inches of snowfall last night. On the way up it was mostly sunny, on arrival it got grey and began to snow, then winds came in and about an inch of snow fell in an hour. We stayed up there to shoot photos and the sky half cleared for breathtaking views. Some people were snowboarding above the glacier too. Great short hike. Trail splits a couple times, you mostly want to stay on the trail that goes up, not down, until you see the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful little hike!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite places just outside of Denver. Easy to moderate 1 mi hike up, then you can hike above the lake and glacier as much as you please. Spectacular views. Weather turns very quickly so be prepared.

2 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great way to spend a few hours. I don't think I would describe it as easy but maybe moderate. we climbed the hill on the opposite side of where the trail opens up to the lake and that was really worth the effort. I have friends coming out in a couple of weeks and I'll probably take them there.