Saint Mary's Glacier

MODERATE 2124 reviews
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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

bugs

rocky

snow

fee

$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
snow
4 hours ago

Beautiful and easy hike up to the lake. Helpful hint: bring the exact amount for parking $5. Yaktrax were helpful, especially on the way back down. Trail is pretty well packed down so no need for snowshoes.

1 day ago

The lake is beautiful. There were people sledding and ice fishing. Make sure you come prepared if you are hiking in the winter. The beginning is icy and I watched more than one person fall.

hiking
1 day ago

1-18-2020 Uphill until you reach the lake. Crampons were very helpful. Snowshoes not needed. Poles were also not essential unless you have bad knees coming back down. Trail is NOT clearly marked. Once at the lake, great views but very windy! Ski goggles were very helpful.great views, worth the short hike and 5 bucks. Happy hiking!

hiking
4 days ago

4 stars only because it’s pretty busy and you have to pay for parking. Otherwise a very beautiful hike and a must see, at least once. I just prefer less traffic on the trail.

hiking
snow
6 days ago

Hiked this on 01.12.20. Was extremely cold and windy. Found it easy enough to make it to the lake, but didn’t make it all the way up to the lookout at the top of the glacier due to the conditions. Probably wouldn’t have seen any views if we had made it up there. Love the types of trees up there, some of my favorite in Colorado. Definitely recommend spikes if not snowshoes. Will come back when the weather is a little better or at least will come back more prepared!

hiking
snow
7 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

What a fun hike! Cold and windy this morn but still worth it. Snow had blown over the trail and made it a bit hard to find in spots.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike today! Spikes almost necessary (saw several people slipping) and certainly made it easier. We brought snowshoes but didn’t use them - the trail was packed down. Such great views for so little effort - highly recommended.

hiking
14 days ago

A CO favorite

hiking
15 days ago

The hike to the lake was short enough, but to get the really breathtaking views, climb the glacier and then continue on up another 1/4 mile. The view of James Peak and the surrounded mountains is just amazing.

hiking
icy
snow
15 days ago

Love this trail. Definitely hard packed and a little ivy for most of it. After the lake the snow gets deep. It’s easy to posthole in spots. My pokes helped on the decent. Then decided to slide down which was so fun!

hiking
fee
icy
snow
15 days ago

We did this hike on Dec 29. While very windy, it was so beautiful! We used snow shoes and while they weren’t necessary needed for the entire trail, there were so parts higher up where they def helped. Would not rec going in just boots, spikes at least. The views were beautiful, a winter wonderland. Highly recommend it.

hiking
15 days ago

I went December 22nd, it was absolutely beautiful. Had spikes on which helped with the icy snow. Truly beautiful hike. Can’t wait to see in the warm weather, would definitely do this again.

hiking
snow
16 days ago

I went for the first time yesterday and it was beautiful! We hiked in hiking boots without spikes and didn’t have an issue since the trail is snow packed without much ice. Definitely want to come back and check it out in summer!

hiking
rocky
snow
16 days ago

Went in October and there was some snow on the trail. Short, easy hike, I was a little winded but that was probably due to the elevation. Trail above the lake was a bit difficult to navigate due to icy spots but overall a beautiful, short hike well worth going out of the way from the road.

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

I went during the summer so not sure how it is now - but the first half of the hike is very rocky and there were a ton of people when I went. Overall pretty easy hike and beautiful lake at the end! Decent place if you’re looking for somewhere near Denver.

hiking
icy
snow
18 days ago

Visibility was very low on New Year's Day. it was enjoyable until we passed the frozen lake around 10:30 am, at which point the wind picked up and pelted the falling snow against our faces. We couldn't even see the glacier. we decided to cut our losses and turnaround at the lake. Would recommend on a day when there isn't a combination of wind and snow.

hiking
icy
snow
26 days ago

I just love this hike and today was the first time in the winter. Just went to the lake and soaked it all in. Just awesome with all the snow and frozen lake. Several people went up to the glacier and were butt sliding and body surfing down. The trail is snow packed and slick in some spots but is in very good condition. Hiking boots, yaktrax, or nanospikes help. No need for snow shoes. Sneakers or street shoes not recommended. Lots of fun

hiking
snow
26 days ago

One of my favorite Colorado hikes! Short and sweet with amazing views! The trail is not icy at all right now, just packed snow. Yaktrax were helpful past the lake, not necessary to get there.

hiking
27 days ago

Super easy trail. Just had to get it done after bunch of people recommended it to start when we first moved here.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike on 12/16 the trail was packed down good until the lake and can be done without snowshoes. Snowshoe needed after the lake, deep snow and strong winds.

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