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Went up the trail 5/14/2018 during a perfect sunny warm day. The spring of 2018 was extremely dry so the climb up was overall pretty easy and dry. Came across a few down trees during the climb but our Land Rover Discovery fit under them with a few inches to spare. I assume the trail isn’t cleared very often. As we approached the summit we came across some drifted snow which blocked the trail as well as a fair amount of 1-3’ rocks that had fallen on the trail so we hike the last section up to the falls. Beautiful scenery and long range views. Great trail but as you reach the summit the trail narrows however there a several places to pull off on the way up. Passed only one other truck on the climb. Had a great time, great trail.

The trail was very icy and muddy, leaving areas of unmarked trail. Couldn’t summit as the snow was knee deep at about the 2.5 mile. Also, wind was very strong today.

Easier than we expected. Amazing views. It took us just over 4 hours round trip. No snow on the trail. Not too wet or muddy either. The mileage was spot on.

Great trail! We didn't make it to the lakes. There was still snow on the trail.

Very good hike for our first Colorado hike. The altitude was an obstacle, but we managed. The dogs loved it, especially the stream down at the bottom. Would like to do this again when the trail is dry and no snow. Trail is rocky in some areas. Very nice views of the mountains.

The views from this trail are incredible! Hiked on 4/29/18 in mostly sunny weather with high winds. Was the only one on the trail for five hours. While Molas Lake itself was still frozen, the trail was 95% dry except for thick mud leading from the trailhead and patches of snow in shaded woody areas. The downhill views and Amimas River are well worth the return climb.

hiking
24 days ago

We decided to see how far we could get on this trail in April knowing that we would probably hit snow at some point. There was less snow this year than usual in Colorado (2018) but we were not able to get to the top in regular hiking shoes (snowshoes definitely would help). We kept falling through the top layer of snow/ice up to our knees/thighs which made trudging on very difficult. We got about 1.5 miles in / 1300 ft up before turning around. The trail was lost to the snow eventually too (used phone GPS and looked for cut logs where the trail would be cleared). It was still very pretty and worthwhile but we'll have to return once the snow is gone. The temperature at the end of April was quite pleasant: just had a hat, some long-sleeve layers on top, and shorts (even in the snow it wasn't that cold).

Very beautiful hike! Intense at times walking in ice and snow at mid day, but well worth it to see the view at the top from the waterfall as well as the lower basin! Was not able to make it to the main ice lake basin due to snow and lack of snow shoes, but we went a little early in the season! We will be coming back in July to see the lakes thawed!

hiking
29 days ago

One word: SPECTACULAR!!!

An excellent hike and or an overnight x2

Very pretty hike but be prepared to hike in snow knee high at times.

This is probably one of my all time favorite hikes! I suggest getting there early in the morning to avoid crowds and to make sure you give yourself enough time. This is so scenic, everywhere you look is picture perfect! Wear layers, goes from hot to cold quickly. Bring snacks and plenty of water

Beautiful but busy! I left about 7 and made it back by 2. It's a bit of a burner but honestly the water is breathtaking and well worth the work. There were Llamas just chillin by Ice Lake which was random and amazing. I did continue up to Island lake which was awesome as well. People were fishing there and I sat for a good 10 minutes admiring the view. on the way there were quite a few people headed up. A few early morningers met me on the way up.

Good hike but well traveled at times.

Purely amazing

This was my first summit hike, and still my favorite in the area. Pretty direct route from the Coal Bank Pass. Parking across the street from the restrooms. Good incline up to social rock, and then the hike to the summit becomes a lot more difficult. Stay along the ridge line and be careful on loose talus. Near the top there is a crack that makes the incline more manageable. Amazing views on top.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing!!

hiking
2 months ago

My first real hike in the San Juans. Gorgeous.

walking
3 months ago

This was a beautiful hike however be aware that the road (county road 7 I believe) is closed. The last 4.4 miles of driving become walking. Also the snow was very deep (up to my waist at points) so bring snowshoes. It was still beautiful but be warned that this 8 mike hike is a 17 mike hike in the winter!

One of my favorite hikes.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Very difficult with snowshoes, but worth the effort. I didn't see a single person out and back, just a lot of wildlife tracks. Including big kitty. Navigating is very tricky because of the snow, so I brought my GPS watch + compass and it worked out fine. Bring an Ice axe, as some of the switchbacks can be deadly if you take a fall.

4 months ago

A must!

probably the most beautiful hike we've done. the time of year may have helped as the change from 50° at the bottom to about 20 up top with almost a foot of snow made it feel like a fairy tale. will be back. not an easy one but may be one of the easier "hard" labeled hikes we've done in CO. I feel like there should be more ratings on here than easy, moderate, hard. If this is hard, there are hikes that are definitely VERY HARD.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the state. Hands down will be hiking it this winter.

hiking
5 months ago

My favorite hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Did ice lake and island lake on Nov. 24th. The lakes were almost complete frozen, but the view was still astounding! Bits of snow in the woods, a lot of packed snow on top. Brought microspikes which were really helpful, wouldn’t need snow shoes though. Will definitely come back in summer!

backpacking
5 months ago

epic views, love the goats, we even took a bath in the creek - it was freezing! the train ride in makes this trail even more epic! i tried to get some film too! https://youtu.be/2iDmEsqbobA

I started on the trail at 7:45 AM, and it took me a total of 5.5 hours to complete: 3 hours up, 2 hours down, with 30 minutes in the middle to rest at the lake. In early November I was the only person on the trail, making for a slightly nerve-wracking experience on the way up but a very serene one at the top. There was a decent amount of snow and ice at higher altitude, but with my YaxTrax I was fine. I recommend this hike as a way to push yourself out of your comfort zone - it's a very difficult climb but well worth it!

on Ice Lake Basin Trail

6 months ago

Amazing!

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