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Most difficult hike I have done so far. The views are second to none. Very rewarding.

This place is a true gem. It’s worth staying for a weekend!

Beautiful short hike....falls are the perfect place for a picnic..

This was a beautiful hike however be aware that the road (county road 7 I believe) is closed. The last 4.4 miles of driving become walking. Also the snow was very deep (up to my waist at points) so bring snowshoes. It was still beautiful but be warned that this 8 mike hike is a 17 mike hike in the winter!

It was a bit tiring but me and my girlfriend rocked that hike like champs, the first lake was amazing and the views are beautiful, you don’t need much gear to get to this point but we ll definitely recommend hiking shoes and not be afraid of heights if you wanna continue the short trip to island lake, there are parts that are a bit scary for first timers.

We ll definitely go back

One of my favorite hikes.

2 months ago

A must!

2 months ago

When I was younger I used to run up this trail! Now I hike up and carefully run down. It is quite difficult in spots. The lower Venable portion can be very dusty and torn apart by horse travel, which can get muddy during (practically daily) Summer rains. The higher you go the more beautiful it gets! There is a broken down cabin towards the top. The views at the top are awesome! My lovely (ha!) profile picture was actually taken at the lower Venable Lake at the top! At the very top there is this portion of the trail called “Phantom Terrace” and the trail just disappears into the scree... let me tell you one thing... I would not want to ride a horse over it! The Comanche side of the loop is more forgiving and not as difficult.

Loved this trail. Beautiful falls at the top. Nice if you just have an hour or two.

probably the most beautiful hike we've done. the time of year may have helped as the change from 50° at the bottom to about 20 up top with almost a foot of snow made it feel like a fairy tale. will be back. not an easy one but may be one of the easier "hard" labeled hikes we've done in CO. I feel like there should be more ratings on here than easy, moderate, hard. If this is hard, there are hikes that are definitely VERY HARD.

2 months ago

One of the best hikes I have ever been on. Breathtaking views I will never forget. Nice to camp there and visit Ouray Hot Spings after the hike. Took hundreds of pics as the hike is too beautiful not to.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the state. Hands down will be hiking it this winter.

light snow and ice, falls and creek completely iced over. just below freezing at the falls, 45 at the trailhead.

3 months ago

My favorite hike!

Beautiful Hike! Definitely worth it

3 months ago

Did ice lake and island lake on Nov. 24th. The lakes were almost complete frozen, but the view was still astounding! Bits of snow in the woods, a lot of packed snow on top. Brought microspikes which were really helpful, wouldn’t need snow shoes though. Will definitely come back in summer!

The end result is beautiful!

on Lakes of the Clouds

3 months ago

normally a moderate hike. 3/4 of the hike was over snow. Definitely a trying hike but absolutely beautiful. took 5 hours in and right at 3 hours back. well definitely try to make it again before too much accumulation. our 6 year old hiked it like a champ.

The uphill climb is hard but micro spikes and poles helped. Well worth the view at the top. From the waterfall to the lake, you gain some elevation but amazing views. We jumped in once we got there, very refreshing! Climb up on the side a little to get an awesome shot of the lake.

I started on the trail at 7:45 AM, and it took me a total of 5.5 hours to complete: 3 hours up, 2 hours down, with 30 minutes in the middle to rest at the lake. In early November I was the only person on the trail, making for a slightly nerve-wracking experience on the way up but a very serene one at the top. There was a decent amount of snow and ice at higher altitude, but with my YaxTrax I was fine. I recommend this hike as a way to push yourself out of your comfort zone - it's a very difficult climb but well worth it!

on Ice Lake Basin Trail

4 months ago


4 months ago

Beautiful all-around hike. Pretty strenuous/steady uphill climb, especially the last 1000 ft. But definitely worth it! Spikes (or some type of traction) required at this point.

Please respect the trail rules and keep dogs on leash. We passed 3 people today with dogs off leash and I️t was extremely frustrating. Our dog panics when others are off leash and she is confined to a leash. She actually got tangled and fell off the side of the mountain after someone didn’t have their pet on a leash. She flipped and slid 30 feet down while tangled. Of course the people who had their dog off leash didn’t even stop to help. Your endangering other people and animals in these snowy and slick conditions.

Nice, tree-covered trail that isn’t too difficult for being around 10,000 ft. Falls are partially frozen around this time of year but still beautiful!

Absolutely wonderful! Fresh snow fall made the views extra special!


great trail and not as steep as many of the other trails in the area

I hiked to the first lake in mid-September, the day after a snow storm. I have to say, this was the most beautiful hike I've ever done! The storm moved out, the sky was blue and the peaks all around were dusted with snow, stunning!

4 months ago

This is a tough trail, but the reward is amazing. Make sure to bring your winter traction. It's icy and snowy in places. Also, keep your dogs on a leash. Had a dog run up at me and snap at me twice.

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