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Saint Mary's Glacier

MODERATE 1957 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.

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Short, steady climb over snow and rocks. Icy in places but super easy with shoe spikes; I didn’t take my poles and was fine. VERY windy all the way up and on the lake and up to the glacier, but a pretty hike and a good workout. The wind sent us back down fairly quickly; the entire trip was just under an hour.

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7 days ago

Great trail!

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10 days ago

Fun short trail. Nice steady incline. If you stay on the higher rocks along the trail, it’s a lot easier than slipping and sliding. Pretty icy definitely wear shoes with traction! The water was frozen and you can walk across. Was a little chilly but beautiful!

ice fishing at the lake, toboggan run of a trail covered in ice up near 10k feet. doable but slow

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11 days ago

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12 days ago

Amazing trail would highly recommend a minimum or yaktraks for your footwear but more aggressive traction ing system would be nice. Also would recommend trekking poles we did not have any but they would have been nice to have. Otherwise amazing hike.

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15 days ago

Great little winter hike! Would definitely recommend spikes and poles if you want to go up the glacier a bit.

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16 days ago

Really quick hike and the views are just INCREDIBLE! Truly would’ve done an all day hike just to make it to that view so we’re thankful it’s just a short trek to see it. We’ll definitely be back. Do be careful though it is very icy and slippery throughout. We went and bought spikes immediately after!

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