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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.

Length1.9 miElevation gain807 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCross-country skiingFishingHikingRock climbingSkiingSnowshoeingForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsRockyScrambleSnowFee
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$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.

On I-70, take exit 238 and head north on County Road 275 for about nine miles. The trail head will be on the left side of the road and requires a $5.00 parking fee at the lot.

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Ryan Ray
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Jessie Wright
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HikingIcySnow

Simple trail with a beautiful view. I was glad to have my snowshoes to go further up the mountain but could get to a beautiful view without them.

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Drew Davis
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Nirmal Patel
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Tyler Miller
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Martha Santos
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HikingIcySnow

pretty cold , a little icy , but great view once you get to the top

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Erin Rich
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Rachel Lahr
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Icy at some points but beautiful!

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Mary Long
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Heavily trafficked but absolutely worth it

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Yang Yang
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Beautiful short hike! We arrived at noon and got parking. There were quite a few people but we all kept our distance. The trail is snow packed and our yaktraxs came in handy. I recommend using some type of spike for the trail. The glacier was frozen and it was fun to walk across it.

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Janae Newman
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Very rewarding hike. Absolutely worth the climb up the snowfield for the views.

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Jennifer Staton
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Great day on the glacier! It was pretty busy to the lake but incredibly peaceful past the lake. Used micro spikes on all the snow pack and they worked out perfectly!

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Paul Leonard
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Maggie Ramos
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David Pinto
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Icy near the glacier (past the lake) and crowded on the way back (12pm or so). While there is space, please remember to bring your face cover/mask.

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Bryan B
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A solid trail where you chase the sun. A rocky walk with long patches of snow and ice. A good idea to carry a pair of micro spikes in your pack for the icy parts of the trail. Several false summits once you get above the tree line.

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Matt Deegler
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Amy Pharo
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Always enjoy this hike. This is the most ice fishing I have seen. Spikes were helpful for sure.

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Kate Farmer
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Very icy, beautiful view if you make it to the top!

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Sarah Kyger
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Really love this hike and the awesome views. It’s a great trail to take visitors on since it’s so short and beautiful. If they aren’t used to altitude, they will probably have to stop a couple times, but still doable. Definitely walk up towards the glacier and scramble on the rocks to see the mountains and water below. It was definitely icy today, but super easy to do with our yaktrax. It was a little busy, but nothing compared to the summer, and everyone was respectful about keeping distance and stepping off the trail. We had a great day!

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Stephanie Mitchell
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Brie Stahl
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Beautiful day to go! I never get bored of this hike. Not many cars in the parking lot around 6:55am but when we left around 10:30am it was packed. Lots of people skiing, and ice fishing.

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Haley Betts
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Always an enjoyable hike, just always anticipate it being heavily trafficked. Microspikes definitely make it much easier with the trail covered in snow.

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Bianca Charbonneau
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Great. Got caught in a snow storm at the top. Micro spikes seem like a must. Trail was pretty icy. Poles helped.

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Jon Dominguez
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