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hiking
18 hours ago

Beautiful hike with amazing views of peaks along the way and moraine lake and wilderness at the end

hiking
1 day ago

I LOVE THIS HIKE! The first time I did it was a few years ago for 4th of July, and unfortunately the lake was iced over, but the plants were in full bloom and so pretty! The second time was this year for labor day and The lake was amazing and there was no snow, however all the plants were dying. I would recommend doing this hike early August to mid August. This hike literally has all four seasons. It was sunny to start and then rained and snowed all in one hike lol. The hike isn't too bad as far as toughness but it will have your heart going. We also hiked to island lake and it was a lot closer than expected, it isn't too far from ice lake. I highly recommend just pushing a little further. There is just so much to see on this hike.
As far a the road getting there it isn't bad, you don't need a 4WD unlike other hikes in this area.

on Ice Lake Basin Trail

scenic driving
2 days ago

Ice Lake Basin and Island Lake are the most beautiful trail in Colorado IMHO.

The most beautiful views - the last 2 miles hiking up was a bit hard but overall a great hike.

One of my favorites. This trail is increasingly popular so getting an early start is key if you’re interested in a quieter experience. Catching the sunset from the upper basin is incredible and completely worth it — be bear aware if you are going up ahead of the crowds, and definitely push for Island Lake if you’ve got the time!

You won’t hold the consistent (and, at times a bit brutal, haha) elevation gain against this trail when you see the payoff at the end. The lakes are unbelievably beautiful and the views are insane.

Amazing

hiking
9 days ago

The bluest blue water that blew my mind! Most of the hike was not too bad until the last 45min. Completed the loop rather than out and back.

hiking
10 days ago

Challenging but so beautiful! The scenery was incredible - glad I made it to the Colbert blue lake!!

A must if you are in the area! The lake was unbelievably blue and beautiful! Felt like a straight up and straight down hike with only a very small portion that was flat. Seeing ice lake at the end makes every step you have taken worth it though!

Great views the entire time and will do this hike again when I'm back in Silverton.

backpacking
13 days ago

Extremely difficult but equally rewarding

backpacking
13 days ago

I never been hiking before but, this trail changed me. Greatest trail I’ve done within my two weeks of being in Colorado. It was difficult but, worth it.

Beautiful Hike - every turn you take you either have an awesome viewpoint or eyes on a waterfall. Hiked this in last August while a storm was rolling in. It was overcast, but I imagine on a clear day you will be hot and in the sun for most of the hike.
Any 4x4 car will make it to the top of Bridal Veil Falls (no need for high clearance). The first fork in the trail: Right will take you to Silver Lake. Second fork in the trial: Left will take you to Blue Lake, Right will take you to Lewis Lake

hiking
14 days ago

My favorite hike ever! I hiked to Ice Lake for the 3rd time on 7/19/18. The wildflowers were in full bloom and absolutely stunning. We hit the trail at 6am and it took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to reach Ice Lake, including many stops to take photos and catch our breath. The hike is very strenuous but worth every step Don't layer too much because the incline will have you sweating 10 minutes in. Absolutely make time to continue to Island Lake as well.

backpacking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike. Lake is low but still totally beautiful. We went on a weekday and had the whole lake to ourselves for hours. The scenery on the way up is beautiful! Happy hiking!

I hiked this trail on 7/21/18 and it’s probably one of the prettiest hike I’ve been on.
The weather was perfect at this time of the year but I would suggest to go as early as possible in the morning cause it usually thunderstorms in the afternoon. We got to the lake around 11, and the storm was already brewing so we didn’t get to stay as long as we wanted to. There are also different trails to lakes around the ice lake you could visit. There’s one particular one called island lake I wanted to visit but didn’t get to. Next time, though!

The lake was so so so beautiful. It was so blue. One of the guys jumped in the lake and said it was freezing.

The whole trail was pretty tough with the elevation gain but you don’t notice the difficulty cause every second of the trail had such an amazing view.
I would definitely do this trail again.
On the way up fresh wildflowers were blooming right and left. It felt like one of this magical Ireland hikes.
20/10 would recommend! :)

Great views nearly the entire time. Friendly hikers and good footing. Less strenuous than Columbine Lake but still a good workout.

If you have time for only one hike in the area and are in good shape, this or Columbine are it.

on Ice Lake Basin Trail

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike with a few areas I consider difficult. A beautiful reward awaits you at the top!

hiking
20 days ago

The views are worth the climb! Beautiful! The trail keeps a consistent incline the whole way. The section from the lower to upper basin is definitely the most strenuous, but you're rewarded with the most amazing blue water once you get to the top. We started our hike around 7 am and reached the lake around 10 am. It took us about 5 hours round trip including stopping for pictures along the way and a snack break at the lake. I would definitely recommend starting before 8 am to beat the crowds - we passed a lot of people on our way down.

hiking
21 days ago

This is definitely my favorite hike ever. The trail is varied: it goes through a forest before getting above the tree line and opening up into tundra, and the lake is the most amazing alpine lake I've seen. It's easy to access (our Mazda did fine on the dirt road), and we got an early enough start (8am) that we had the lake to ourselves for a bit. We got caught in a hail storm that forced us back down the mountain, but it passed within 20 minutes.

Amazing! Lots of people, but never felt crowded. 9 and 11 year old did great, but was a challenge for us all. It's worth taking a dive, the water is even more brilliant while wading. Just be sure to rest before you jump in, as it is aptly named and one wouldn't want to cramp up or induce a heart attack after a strenuous hike. A must do hike, we'll be back again!

off road driving
22 days ago

Vertigo warning on this trail at certain points for sure

This route combines the California Pass and Hurricane Pass trails.

I've detailed my experience of the California section in the 4x4 route on this site, so won't repeat that.

With the Hurricane pass area we started from the Lake Como end in the East.

We were planning to do the Corkscrew Pass next but the weather conditions were poor with hail and rain.

The views were astounding and my personal favorite part of the trail was heading up to the pass summit itself over a large puddle of water (though it was something of a waterfall at the time), which really stood out.

The summit itself has a sign and a small pull out area.

This end was narrow and only 1 vehicle wide, however throughout the trail there are plenty of pull outs at regular intervals and we had no issues passing.
At one point we had a tour come up the trail and the driver stopped for a chat, the passengers looked a bit concerned about the weather though.

Western end access to the Corkscrew Pass (2-3) or the County Road back to Silverton (the way we decided to choose, sadly due to weather).
Eastern end of the trail gives you either Poughkeepsie Gulch (6-8) or California Pass (1-3), which in turn leads to the Animas Forks area.

Good drive and loved the experience as a new to off-roading driver.

backpacking
22 days ago

Absolutely incredible! Started from the Purgatory Trail to the Animas River Trail to Needle Creek Trail. The trails were easy to follow and well marked all the way up to Twin Lakes and on to the top of N. Eolus. The catwalk is obvious trailwise, a little intimidating but shouldn't be something you stop you in your tracks, just take your time. Some route finding on the way to the top to Eolus. I wouldn't even be able to tell you the way my group and I went up.

Worth every step. Steep inclines but once you make it to the top you can see why so many people recommend this hike. My 9 year old had a blast! Beautiful country from start to finish.

hiking
23 days ago

Considered this hike hard. Continous incline until reaching the lake. Unfortunately the day was overcast and the lake wasn't as blue. Great views and waterfalls. Took us 4 hours to complete

hiking
23 days ago

This was a great hike - easy to access - No 4X4 needed. Lots of variety and an amazing reward in the end when you finally see the royal and turquoise blue lake. We did not do the loop but took the left at the "Y" and went directly to Ice Lake. The last uphill, which took approximately 1 hour from lower basin was long and hard - I thought when I finally got up over the ridge that I would finally see the prize and it was a few more hundred feet of walking before it finally came into view. Well worth the effort to get there. We started about 8:30 and there was a steady stream of hikers going back and forth, so it could be done alone on a weekend if you want to see other hikers in case of an emergency. If looking for solitude this is not the hike. We were coming from 2000' so the elevation gain was tough for us but seemed to give the locals no trouble at all.

Amazing hike, beautiful views the whole way up. It is quite steep and makes for a difficult hike but worth it. The lake is unlike anything I've ever seen. It has over 400 5 star reviews for a reason. Definitely a lot of people on the trail.

Nice hike. Heavily used. Drones flying at Ice Lake not cool.

hiking
25 days ago

Loved this hike! Well maintained and easy to follow. The trail starts out easy and the second half is more strenuous. Most of the climb is after the first mile. Beautiful hike with lots of trees and rocky spots. I was surprised at how colorful the vistas were.

Amazing hike! Very hard. I was sore for days after this hike. It’s a very steep uphill especially the final mile up to Ice Lake. The Lake is amazing. Unlike anything I have ever seen before. Definitely go the extra half mile to Island in the Sky (or whatever it is called). I think you have to venture up the ridge a bit to see the true beauty of that lake which I did not have the energy to do.

I would note that the trail splits at one point to go to Ice Lake (left) and Island in the Sky (right). I would go left. The trail is flat for a bit but then there is a decent uphill to the lake. I came down the other way and my legs were so tired. The path is steeper and more loose rock. I slipped a couple of times so it’s definitely a little harder.

The trail is easy to follow. Someone said it wasn’t clear in a review. Follow the All Trails map and you should be fine.

Amazing hike.

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