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    MJ Schmeltz added mount yale

    2 months ago

    MJ Schmeltz saved Chicago Lakes Trail

    7 months ago

    MJ Schmeltz followed Ty Morris

    over 1 year ago

    MJ Schmeltz reviewed Ice Lake Basin Trail

    over 1 year ago

    What a fabulous backpack! Did this last weekend (July 8-9). Hike up took 3 hrs including a lunch break and carrying a 25lb pack. I'd say I'm in average shape for CO standards.

    Lower Ice Lake is where there is a lull in climbing... it's a brown pond in the trees. Then Upper Ice Lake is at the top of the last 0.5 - 1 mile steep climb.

    There was moderate traffic throughout the day. We set up camp early (on upper ice) and by sunset there were three campers total... relatively private. We lucked out with weather (pretty exposed if you have a fear) and took a very quick and breathless dip in the lake. Ice has melted.

    Island lake was a further 20min steep climb which we saved til the next morning, leaving our packs. Worth it.

    I would go back and do this as a day hike and stay in Ouray (45min from trailhead) if I didn't want to camp. Very doable.

    Happy hiking!!

    PS - neither Sprint nor Verizon had coverage once on the dirt road to trailhead, Ty :)

    MJ Schmeltz completed Ice Lake Basin Trail

    over 1 year ago

    MJ Schmeltz saved Ice Lake Basin Trail

    over 1 year ago