St. Mary's Glacier

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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 November until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

ice climbing

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

lake

views

hiking
1 day ago

The trail up is very rocky and uneven so it isn't great if you have difficulty with balance. There were a lot of families and dogs. I would recommend bringing a picnic lunch as the lake shore is a perfect spot to hang out and enjoy the scenery.
I took my smaller dog along with me and he did fine. There were several dogs off leash once we got to the lake but were on leash on the trail. No issues with the dogs at all. People were great about picking up waste! All of the dogs were people friendly and dog friendly. I would not recommend doing this hike if you're afraid of dogs.
Parking was convenient but some of the cars were in spots in the center of the lot and were pretty close to the cars along the perimeter - I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them gout backed into. I would wait for a perimeter spot.

3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Gorgeous!

3 days ago

4 for view. Did this on the way to James Peak at 8 am it was empty, on the descent at around 1 it felt like a public park. Should definitely be labeled as heavily trafficked

hiking
3 days ago

A relatively easy hike for a great reward at the end. The lake is beautiful, and and you get rock formations, wild flowers, snow melt, and alpine feels as well.

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4 days ago

Beautiful glacier

5 days ago

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6 days ago

Very rocky trail....not marked well, but just keep going up those rocks! Plenty of parking at 10am today, Thursday, August 10. Maybe less on weekend at that time. Fantastic when you get to the lake! Easy walk to glacier and great views from above. Worth the trip. Note: $5.00 to Park....bring exact amount.

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing!!! This hike has it all - views, mountains, lake, river, waterfall, glacier, snow, and wildflowers! My favorite hike in Colorado so far and one of my all-time favorites. My GPS didn't take me far enough to reach the trailhead, but luckily I kept driving and came across it (and groups of people walking towards it). Parking is extremely limited, so I recommend getting there early. The trail itself is quite rocky, and even though it's dog-friendly, I think it would be rough on their paws (one guy was carrying his dog down because their paw got cut up pretty badly). The trail gets very crowded, but it's definitely worth dodging fellow hikers to get to the top! The hike has a steady incline but is fairly easy (3/4 mile each way). Even though it doesn't take long to get to the end with the lake and glacier, plan on spending some time exploring and just taking it all in.

hiking
7 days ago

Short hike with a good climb all the way to the top of the glacier. Definitely rocky so walking poles could help. Good family hike. I have only done this in the winter and seeing it today in august was stunning. So worth the short trek! 5$ fee for parking on the honor system too!

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8 days ago

Absolutely lovely!!

hiking
8 days ago

First of all, if you don't have gps right to the trailhead, have fun finding it. Signs are limited. Second, if they say easy, it is only because of distance. This trail is full of rocks and a steady incline. Overall, a nice lake at the top with options (climb on glaciers, cliff jump, fishing).

10 days ago

We've done this hike a few times and enjoy each time even more. If you take the trail to the right, among the falls, it is a little more shaded, peaceful and less traveled. It is a little more challenging.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail should be rated moderate. A heads up: parking is $5 cash/check only and fills up early! Gorgeous views and lots to do at the top: swimming, floating, skiing, all kinds of fun to get into here.