Ice Lake Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Ice Lake Trail is a 12.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Joseph, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
12.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3822 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

11 days ago

Did this as a day hike, took about 6 hours round trip. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!

backpacking
11 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

24 days ago

backpacking
27 days ago

Great trip; highly recommend!

I had trouble beforehand finding current maps that showed the route up to Matterhorn so recorded the entire there/back trip. As an FYI: if you use my recording, know that there were snow fields that covered the trail to Matterhorn summit so we went off trail a few times between ice lake and Matterhorn. Our return route (i.e. From Matterhorn back to ice lake) is closer to the suggested trail and definitely recommended over the route we took going up.

backpacking
28 days ago

Beautiful trip. We hiked to the lake and used it as a base camp to access a couple nearby peaks. Despite the elevation gain the trail never felt steep or particularly difficult. There is a lot of exposure to the sun, so get it done early if you're afraid of the heat. Bugs were an annoyance in camp, but the views and seclusion were totally worth it.

backpacking
29 days ago

This is a wonderful trail and is snow free. The bugs were especially bad at the campsites to the right of the trail when you are headed in. Crossing the Lake's outlet seemed like the better option for camping, so that you catch the breeze off of the lake. Also, leave enough time to explore around the lake. It's bigger than it looks and there are a bunch of cool areas to explore.

hiking
29 days ago

1 month ago

Excellent trail with a consistent elevation climb.

hiking
2 months ago

camping
2 months ago

one of my all time favorite trails to hike into and camp over night!

backpacking
11 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Thursday, August 04, 2016

amazing!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This is a great hike with some amazing views. The trail has a few rocky areas and the switchbacks are moderate. Most of the trail you are next to rushing water or can hear it, after crossing the log bridge you start up the east side of the mountain and the views of water falls, wildflowers and overlooks are breathtaking.

hiking
Saturday, July 11, 2015

It was beautiful but I got eaten alive by mosquitoes.