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 December 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

56 minutes ago

hiking
19 hours ago

Not sure why this is such a popular hike. It was essentially like hiking up a rocky road until you reach the top. The trail is littered with bags of dog crap because people basically suck and are unaware of what LNT means. It's a very popular hike, so if you like seclusion this isn't the one for you. Sounded like there was also a shooting range nearby. We went late in the day 6pm, and saw several people on the way down, but the lake wasn't crowded at all. The views were okay, and any time in nature is time well spent, but I'm pretty sure it's a one and done type of hike for me.

22 hours ago

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1 day ago

Very good beginner hike. Lots of kids and dogs. We went on a Sunday so it was very crowded but still fun. Make sure you have $5 for parking and the parking lot gets very full very quick, so it's hard to find a spot. The trail up to the glacier is very rocky so wear good shoes. The view is beautiful and there was still plenty of snow. Highly recommend as it only takes about an hour to do.

1 day ago

Very quick little hike. It was a steeper hike than expected but we still made it to the lake quickly and without issue. Snow is melted off the trail entire now so nothing slick. Great hike if you're looking for something easy, but I'd save your $5 on parking...not the most exciting.

hiking
3 days ago

Quick hike with a great view.

4 days ago

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6 days ago

Very close to Denver, one of my most favorite hikes with my 7 yr old. We started coming here when he was 2. Little rocky the way up, but it is a short hike and the view on top is beautiful. My dog loves it as well. Parking is $5

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hiking
7 days ago

Great hike! Easy to get off the trail though on the way up, but just as easy to figure out where the glacier is and find your way back. Encountered a very small amount of snow still up there, but easy to navigate through or around. Good hike for dogs.

7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Gorgeous day. Not too busy. Went up to the glacier and then saw people across the way going up the rocks...so we did that, too! Amazing views. Tiny bit of snow on the trail. Go up the rocks (it's a bit of scrambling), it's worth the effort!

8 days ago

Great hike. Super crowded yesterday at the lake. We went all the way up to 11,500ft and came back down. Get there early if you want to park. You also need $5 exact cash to park.

So many dogs, so much poo and flies. Leave no trace!!

hiking
10 days ago

Went to top and snowboarded down. Nice hike. Lots of people not picking up their dog waste though. Parking lots are super crowded at 10am.