Saint Mary's Glacier

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Saint Mary's Glacier is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 807 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

$5 parking fee, cash only Fantastic views for the effort. The trail up is mostly rocks but not terribly difficult. Great short hike with high payoff. Some people swim at the lake.

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 hours ago

I hiked this on a Monday morning for a sunrise hike. Started at ~5:15am and was at the lake by 5:30am. I hiked up and perched on a boulder for the sunrise at 5:45am. I had it entirely to myself (and my pup) until 6:20am or so. Definitely a fun little hike to start your day with. Clean up after your pup. There was some litter about, definitely always best to leave it better than you found it. (:

hiking
15 hours ago

Kolton and I started up the trail at 6am. 1 car in the lot. Easy uphill walk to the lake. Extremely beautiful at sunrise. Turned and made it all the way up the glacier then cold rain and wind turned us around. We wanted to bag James Peak but will have to return another day. Micro spikes helped a ton going down the glacier.

hiking
1 day ago

Busy on holidays, but totally worth the trek up! Views are awesome.

hiking
2 days ago

short and rocky. seeing snow mid-summer was fun! lake is beautiful. get there early ...OMG that parking lot became road rage ready to happen by 10 am. Lots of dogs and not everyone follows the leash rule. also bagging your dog crap and leaving it on the side of the trail is worse than not bagging it in my opinion. at least not in a bag it'll decompose faster. didn't see anyone catch a fish but lots of Fisher persons trying!

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked this on Saturday and overall, pleasantly surprised. Hike is short, great for new hikers and out of town guests. Be sure to check out the waterfall just off the main path. Lake was pretty and glacier is unique. Unfortunately, parking (both lots) was full around 9:30 am and there was trash and dog waste on trail. It was crowded for my taste, but I’ll still hike it again!

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rocky
3 days ago

Easy hike with some great views. The best view is definitely at the top of the mountain opposing the lake. Moderately to heavily trafficked, depending on your arrival (recommend early). Very much dog friendly.

hiking
4 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes. It's very simple; I'd even call it easy. It's a steady incline up to the lake, but it's never very steep. It's decently crowded, but the trail is very wide, so you're not stuck behind people going different speeds. I'd recommend hiking up past the lake to get different views, but if you want to go all the way up, you'd probably need spikes.

hiking
4 days ago

I mean it’s literally one of the best. Short intense hike up to the lake but after that - holy frijoles - you literally can’t dream up the beauty. Great for bringing a snack or lunch to enjoy by the lake and perfect for all types of photography. It’s Colorado wrapped up in less than a mile hike.

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off trail
rocky
snow
5 days ago

The trail leading up to the glacier is fairly easy. We took another route on the opposite side and ended up having to make our own trail at times due to the lack of a visible one. Making it to the top was a challenge and coming back down on the glacier was a whole other adventure in itself! 4 of us turned a 1.9 mile hike into a 5 mile hike and completed it in 2 hours from road to the highest point of the glacier and back. I would definitely recommend this trail!!

hiking
5 days ago

Great for a very quick in and out or for visitors who might be intimidated by longer, harder trecks. A bit of elevation gain on some rocks but nothing too difficult.

hiking
6 days ago

Great, easy hike. Especially for out of town visitors. Made it up in 30 with 4 guests from chi last Friday. Beautiful views. Parking lot fills up fast and is rutted out - recommend a car with some clearance off the ground. Parking is $5 cash too - no change.

hiking
7 days ago

Upper lot is $10 and lower is $5 - BRING CASH! I’ve heard the trail is privately managed so the grooming is a little hit or miss. Lots of large and loose rock. Also, folks don’t pick up after themselves, unfortunately. The trail was somewhat trafficked for a week day. I was never alone. I took my inflatable SUP with met this time! So worth it. My pack is about 50lbs and this trail is a great length to test hiking with a SUP. The water is freezing - not great swimming conditions. Also later in the day the winds make it unmanageable to paddle, so go early in the morning, if you want glass for water. Note: from the water, you don’t get the best view of all that is down below. It’s definitely worth it to climb higher and take in the scenery!

hiking
rocky
snow
7 days ago

A beautiful hike. It’s great to get the lake view after not too long a hike. Relax there and further your trek up the mountain. The area is lush and green but still has snow, which can be slid down!

hiking
8 days ago

Hit this on this past Saturday morning. Fantastic, short hike appropriately labeled moderate due to the initial climb with lots of rocks on the wide trail up. Opens up into multiple paths towards the lake. You can stop at the lake or continue right up to another rocky climb to the base of the glacier which was still covered in snow. Incredible views from up there. Many were hiking up the glacier or traversing towards the left peak. Snow was a bit slippery, which was easily manageable going up but a little dicey coming back down. Jumped in the lake which was very cold but refreshing. Overall a great, short hike with big pay offs. Lot requires a $5 payment plus filling out a form with license plate info so don’t forget to bring a pen.

hiking
9 days ago

Had a great time sliding down the glacier today and hiking the area. Deff recommend to anyone. Worth the drive out. Bring your swimsuit for cliff diving.

hiking
snow
9 days ago

Let me start off by saying man was the view from the top was totally worth it!! it starts rocky and then you get to the lake you can continue up the mountain and people can snowboard and some even used shirts to go down the ice

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful views with a short hike up to the lake and "Glacier". we enjoyed hiking the trail along the waterfall on the way up to the lake (take a right at the first fork in the trail and then follow the trail up to the waterfall/Creek). We also hiked up the Rocky mountain peak to get a 360-view of the lake/glacier and surrounding land.

hiking
rocky
snow
9 days ago

Worth the struggle in the beginning!

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rocky
10 days ago

Easy hike, but just a little rocky on the way up. Parking is just a short walk from the trailhead and the lake/view is beautiful from the top!

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rocky
10 days ago

It was very rocky but it was a pretty easy hike and the pay off was absolutely worth it! We are originally from Michigan so we slid down the snow on our sweatshirts.

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rocky
11 days ago

Love this one, so worth the haul with 6 small kids (3yo) in tow!

hiking
11 days ago

Very pretty trail. People were skiing on the sides of the mountain.

hiking
11 days ago

A beautiful trail with very rewarding views for the effort. $10 to pay for “express” parking directly across from the trailhead or $5 just a short distance away. Good for families and pups!

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful hike. Here is a video that gives you some idea of what to expect coming from downtown Idaho Springs. https://youtu.be/MttaD_Nmfys

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