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

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3 days ago

Get there early to get the best parking. Take $5 for parking. Awesome views. Did this in June. Still snow and some snow boarders. Nice place. Glad we did it while in Colorado. Change in elevation makes a little harder if you are not used to the elevation.

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5 days ago

short hike with breath taking view. there is an awesome waterfall halfway up the hike to your right.

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11 days ago

Great trail. Super cold and windy but beautiful!

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11 days ago

Easy trail, the elevation is high once you park. Everyone is correct you have to pay $5 to park cash or check only. If you do not have $5 exactly they will mail back your change minus $1. When hiking up at the 2nd Y you will want to go up the left or more rocky trail. If you stay on the smoother path you will find a flat area and a small dirt trail that walks along beautiful little waterfalls. Follow this until you see the rocky path again turn left and follow until back on the main trail.

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11 days ago

Well worth the rocky incline to the lake were the glacier was! A lot tougher than expected, temperatures were up and down so layer up. Saw wildlife, a moose male and female!!..... right off the trail leading to the glacier!

side note, as a dog owner myself, please dog parents, keep dogs on leash. We almost witness a dog try to approach the moose off leash at full spead. We dont want any four legged friends getting hurt. :)

This was an amazing hike and highly recommend it. party cloudly on oct 5th in the 50s for the most part. Sad the glacier is getting smaller but wow a breathtaking place.

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12 days ago

It was certainly a rocky maze but I think all of the Off-trails lead to the same destination. Skiers hiked up but it was too warm (small glacier) for anyone to actually ski. I did my first rock climbing adventure near the glacier! Gorgeous views! Lots of people.

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12 days ago

You know how they say that the it's all about the journey, not the destination? Well, the journey here feels like someone with a bottle of whiskey and a bulldozer set the course. There's a maze of 20 - 40 foot wide rocky trails and a few single tracks that may or may not get you to where you want to go. The trail was clear of snow. Once at the lake and above, the view is wonderful. Got some amazing close-up time with a bull moose chewing his cud and his lady a little bit in the distance.