Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails near Silverton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easily the best hike in all of Colorado - The lakes, the mountain views, the wildflowers. It's just tough enough to be challenging and is beautiful throughout the entire hike. I suggest camping near the trailhead, makes for an easy start and no parking issues (but seriously, if you get to a popular trailhead after 9am and are pissed it's full... you're an idiot). We started around 5am; about an hour in we heard a huge group of coyotes howling off in the distance, presumably about a recent kill, and it was very cool. We didn't see anyone until we were past halfway and started seeing backpackers coming down. When we got to Ice Lake, we were the only ones (on a holiday weekday!) and it was extremely special. Island Lake is definitely worth the additional short trek, but it's not as electric and jaw-dropping as Ice Lake.

Absolutely beautiful! A tremendous amount of work to get to Ice Lake (upper) but 100% worth it!

backpacking
4 days ago

I backpacked from the trailhead to Ice Lake (upper Ice Lake in this app’s description) and set up camp then visited Island Lake with just a day bag, returning to Ice Lake for the night. I then hiked back out via the same route to the trailhead the next morning. Most people on the trail were day hikers but on a Tuesday night in August, four other groups of backpackers stayed the night at Ice Lake. This hike has some of the most beautiful vistas I have seen in Colorado!

The trail starts with a moderately difficult section of well marked trail into the woods. It opens to a beautiful waterfall with a view back into the valley. The next small stretch of wooded area guides you past abandoned mining equipment and to a section of steep, sunny (hot!) meadow. Again, there a great mountain views.

The next big chunk is steep and wooded. This is where I really began to feel the work I was putting in. The switchbacks help but many sections are pretty strenuous, especially with my 30lb overnight pack. By the time we leveled off to the generally flat section I was more than ready for a break.

The view of lower ice lake basin is about 2/3 of the way through the hike both in elevation and distance. We stopped in the trees and took off our packs, sat about twenty minutes to rest and eat. This was necessary for our group with packs but many day hikers just kept moving through.

After Lower Basin Lake (or Lower Ice Lake Basin) there’s a stretch of flat area that is more exposed (total of about a mile of relatively flat hiking) and then you get another creek/waterfall view where the trail crosses the water and gains about 700ft in steep, rocky switchbacks. This stretch was difficult (we hit it in the afternoon heat do to delays getting on the trail in the morning) plus it’s steep and more loose compared to the beautifully padded trail for the first approx three miles. It is also the most incredible views of Lower Ice Lake and the meadow, valley, and mountains surrounding. I loved this stretch of the trail.

Then finally! The top! Ice Lake was both our end point for setting up camp as well as most day hikers’ final destination. The lake is STUNNING. The rock deposits give it the most incredible blue color. It is well worth the climb! There is running water if you bring a filter to purify more drinking water. There is a faint trail around the lake. There are multiple places to sit or set up camp without smashing the wildflowers. You’re above the tree line at this point so you’ve got open views in all directions.

It’s a quick little hike up to Island lake although one short stretch is loose and near the edge making it a little intense if you’re scared of heights! Island lake is worth seeing but mostly it’s the view along the hike that makes the journey up worth it, even after a long hike to Ice Lake.

We did not journey to Fuller Lake and no one we talked to along the way mentioned plans to head that direction.

We each drank about 3L of water on the way up and at least one more liter on the way back down. If you’re doing a day hike you may not go through as much water but I’d say most people should carry 3L or bring a purifier to get more water along the way.

This is a beautiful hike and although it is challenging it is more than worth it. The sites are incredible. If you’re in the area and feel up for a good workout, this hike is unmissable. Enjoy!!

A hike to Ice Lake is a great way to spend a day while in the Silverton area. While it attracts many hikers, there is a reason! Go!

This trail is a “must do” if you are in the Silverton area.! While it is rated difficult, you will not have any problem if you are a regular hiker in Colorado. The prize? The beautiful and stunning lake at the end of your journey! I have never seen a lake of such beauty anywhere in Colorado! This is a hike not to be missed!

OMG. This hike was TOUGH! The climb is steep until you get about a mile+ away from the lake. Plenty of tight ledges to cross. The switchbacks when you descend are loose so take care with your footing. That being said, it was the most beautiful lake I have ever seen. It’s a grueling climb but absolutely worth it. Bluest water ever! Take your time and allot a lot of time to complete this trail.

A beautiful hike with stellar views. The color of the lake is like nothing I’ve ever seen and I’ve been all over the west and Hawaii.. You should be warned that the elevation gain is real, this is not an easy hike. The grade is steep almost the whole way up and doesn’t ever level out. There is an exposed rocky scramble for the last leg leading up to ice lake that took us a long time with lots of breaks. Expect a difficult but rewarding hike!

6 days ago

Beautiful lake to camp out at. It’s a very easy hike to get to. BE WARNED: the road to get to the trailhead is extremely rocky and uneven. You will need 4WD and probably an SUV. Also the trailhead is not marked. Other than that it’s a easy hike and good spot to camp.

Amazing hike. Worth the early start. Bring good socks and lots of water. Lake can be windy so something to break the wind at the top is recommended. Don’t let the parking deter you. Hiked last Saturday and arrived at 7:45am. Things were getting packed but there were still spots.

This was the best hike I’ve done to date, and I’ve hiked all over Colorado for over 20 years. We stayed in Ouray and got up early to make the drive and get a get a spot. My 12 and 14 year old girls killed this hike. It’s hard but not too hard. The hardest part is not stopping every 5 feet to take another picture! Anyone who gives this less than 5 stars because they didn’t plan ahead is only thinking of themselves. Treat yourself to the hot springs in Ouray afterwards, you’re gonna need it!

Such a beautiful lake! The first 2 miles were tough with a lot of switchbacks and a steep incline up the saddle. Once you reach the top of the saddle it’s pretty flat the rest of the way to the lake. Awesome views towards the top, and the lake is so blue!

Heads up, if there are no parking spots, wait for one to open up or find another trail to hike. Do not parking in the meadows across the road from the current parking area. The parking lot is small. Get an early start. Parking tickets are very expensive.

Ice lake was of the prettiest lakes I’ve ever hiked to! Fairly steep incline most of the way up, with some loose rock towards the end. Made the hike up to Island Lake which was also really pretty and definitely worth it, but not as impressive as Ice Lake. Camped at Ice Lake and had great weather! Clocked about 9mi total.

Beautiful view and moderate level of difficulty.

Advanced hiking trail with an incredible view.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful all the way through.

hiking
7 days ago

Excellent hike, Upper Ice Lake Basin is just stunning. Wildflowers are past their peak, but still very pretty. Went on to Island Lake, which was worth the extra effort, though not quite as beautiful as Upper Ice Lake.

This is my second time doing this hike. It’s seriously the most beautiful hike I’ve done in Colorado, and I’ve done a lot. The entire trial is amazing and though it’s steep, it’s not dangerous or difficult as long as you take your time (if you’re not a seasoned hiker).

hard, but so Beautiful!!

Great hike! Definitely a challenge but well worth it. Recommend camping off the county road 585 past the trail head so you can make it to the trail head early. It was a absolutely beautiful hike the entire way and the lake was breathtaking!

Great hike! Amazing views! A little challenging for the inexperienced but worth it! Lake was amazing and the views are beautiful!

This hike was gorgeous. I hiked with a 5 year old and 6 year old who are both reasonably seasoned hikers and it was challenging for them but they accomplished it, being by far the youngest ones at the lake that day. The lake and vistas are well worth the climb.

hiking
9 days ago

I hiked this trail on a Thursday afternoon. Only saw a few people on the trail and got to spend a half hour at the lake all by myself. So peaceful and beautiful. The road to the trail head is very rocky and rough. I actually wanted to turn around a couple times coming in due to bottoming out my suv, but glad I didn't!

hiking
9 days ago

PARTIAL REVIEW. Attempted 2 weeks ago alone. My sedan only made it 1.5 miles up the ROUGH ROAD everyone warns about. It got riskier than I was willing to dare. I started up the FSR on foot and within 1/4 mile met a couple warning me there was a bear just yards off the trail in a thicket. The rain predicted was starting earlier than expected, and that combined with the ominous thunder was enough to put the fear-of-lightning in me.

Planning on returning and giving a much better rating!

ATTEMPT #2 was made 8.7.18
Road is truly horrid unless you can clear more than 8 inches undercarriage. Seriously people—it’s built for super duty trucks and hearty forerunners. Made it .6 miles to trail head this time. Set out 4pm. Trail is pleasant and is truly 10 degrees cooler than in Durango. Husband gave a hearty thumbs down because of how rocky it is. (I’m okay with rocky). What I’m not okay with is how slow my 6 year old creeped upon the rocky trail. We made it half way to lake before bailing because of time and a dispirited party.

I promised I’m only coming back with some other party and some big-a** vehicle. We played on the rocks at the Lily Pond and watched some Canada geese before loping back down menacing road.

Husband prayed to see a bear once we were safely back in car. Prayer was answered in 12 minutes time at end of trail where ^^goodness^^ there’s a big ole canyon that drops 150 feet away from the unaware bypasser at the start of Old Lime Creek Road. It was a beautiful, large black bear scampering around the backside of what looked like water treatment ponds across the 80 yard chasm. Safe distance!

This experience gets a 2.5 star rating. Third try may be a charm.

This hike was extremely frustrating. Let me explain.
You’ll notice the description of this hike states that dogs are okay ON LEASH. The amount of people on a Friday doing this hike whose dogs were roaming around, who couldn’t control those roaming dogs, whose dogs barked at people or other dogs (even lunging at said other dogs) and who didn’t even HAVE A LEASH ON HAND, was absolutely insane.
If you are that owner of those dogs, I just want you to know that you’re what’s wrong with the world we’re growing into. One where people only think about themselves, and not others.
So, if you’re the type of person trying to hike your dogs on leash, prepare yourself for the many other dog owners who will not be doing the same. I know it sounds like I have hyper-aggressive dogs, but I don’t. I have an extremely playful dog and a dog who doesn’t like other dogs lunging at her. You’d think we would’ve been fine.
NOW THAT I’VE GOTTEN THAT OFF OF MY CHEST. This hike was the most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. My husband and I will be returning without our dogs. When we got to the bottom, we were so mentally exhausted from dog and owner confrontations, that it unfortunately took away from the scenery.

Finally did the Ice lake and Island lake. Took us 2 and a half hours for the ascent and 1 and a half for descent. The part after ice lake to island lake is the most difficult, but totally worth it. The lakes were even more beautiful than the pictures!

Completed this loop hike on August 2. Got there at 830 and the lot was already full. Did see a lot more people in the afternoon, so if you want more solitude and better weather, an earlier start is recommended. The hike was really nice and Ice Lake was definitely worth it. Went up to Island Lake, but maybe because of drought was not as impressive. However the loop around Island back to the main trail was empty with stellar views.

11 days ago

I did this trail on July 27th with my two kids, 9 and 11. I was little concern before going on it with the kids but it is totally worth it. Kids had blast. The views are breath taking and the blue water of the lake is priceless. It showered four times on the way up and it felt good. At the lake, we did lunch and right after lunch it started rain again, which changed into snow so we wrapped up. The views, the meadow and the lake all beautiful. We took lots of water and bug spray.

One of the best hikes I’ve been on! Very beautifullll!!!

on Spud Lake

hiking
12 days ago

A good easy hike but definitely not the best in the area. There are some dispersed campsites around the lake. Quite a few people there on a Tuesday, including some people blasting music on the trail (please don't be those people). My Subaru did fine on the road in but I wouldn't bring a sedan down there.

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