Ice Lake (Oregon) Ice Lake, in the Ice Lake Basin of Silverton, Colorado; Ice Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, in the list of lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington state; Other uses. In the Upper Basin there are 3 large lakes including Ice Lake, Island Lake and Fuller Lake (the largest), as well as numerous smaller lakes. Ice Lake is a must! Want to learn more about our current projects, ways to stay involved and news from the San Juan Mountains Association? Ice Lakes Basin sits at an elevation of 12,500 ft, and the trail begins at 9,900 ft. Because of this, some people get elevation sickness or have a hard time breathing on this hike, … Dogs are also able to use this trail. From there it is a steady uphill climb to the Lower Ice Lake Basin and then to the Upper Ice Lake Basin. The trail offers a number of activity options. Follow the trail from Upper Ice Lakes Basin over a rise and across a plateau. The trail to Ice Lakes basin traverses through pine forest and treks through lush meadows filled with Columbine flowers and stalks of corn lilies. While there is little reprieve from the steady uphill nature of this hike, both the journey and destination make every step worthwhile. It is definitely worth starting early to avoid the crowd. It is uphill all the way to the lake basin. This trail was recommended to us and it did not disappoint. upper lake is still beautiful, even as it's surroundings are brown and barren. Just shy of 9 miles in exactly 5 hours and it was stunning! Great (tough) day of hiking but oh, so worth it! In the Lower Basin, there is a shallow lake to the south of the trail. Distance, Round Trip:                7 miles to Upper Basin, Elevation Gain:                          2420′, Start Elevation:                          9840′, Elevation at Lower Ice Lake:     11,510′ (2 miles from trailhead), Elevation at Ice Lake:                12,260′, Elevation at Island Lake:            12,392′, Elevation at Fuller Lake:            12, 605′ (largest and highest lake), Trail rating:                                 Most difficult, In mid-October 2020, Ice Fire ripped through the bottom portion of the Ice Lakes Trail, as well as areas east of the trail. To reach the trailhead from the intersection of Highway 550 and the turnoff to Silverton (Highway 110), drive 2 miles north on Highway 550 to County Road 7, located between mile markers 72 and 73. This is a rocky section with a drop off that could be challenging for some. Phone: 800-COLORADO The Durango Herald reports the fire started about a quarter-mile from the Ice Lake Basin trailhead about 2:30 p.m. Monday. The lower lake comes into view at the two-mile mark. Overall good hike. The Ice Lakes Basin trailhead begins from the dirt parking lot across the road from South Mineral Campground. I also strongly advise trekking poles! Stony Pass, ATV Trail 821, and Cinnamon Pass OHV Route, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sanjuan/recarea/?recid=42984&actid=50, https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/alerts-notices/?cid=fseprd719782. Please use caution and travel at your own risk. Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202 As you go all the way to the Upper Ice Lake it becomes rather treacherous just before the end because of how steep and rocky it is. The Lower Ice Lake Basin. You will see 5 lakes if you follow the trail all the way, and there are several more lakes if you explore around the basin. Very upsetting. for serious hikers I recommend early morning (like 6 or 7am) to avoid the crowds who lack hike etiquette. Weather was perfect. Amazing blue/green lakes, late season wildflowers, moderately strenuous hike to creek falls and waterfalls too. There’s a rock wall that you need to scale/climb, and it’s obviously doable...but I’d make sure you have a pretty high fitness level and that you’re not wearing a big pack on your back. Not quite as vibrant. Ice Lake Trail (505) Area Status: Open This trail is short and steep. Note: South Mineral road (FR585/County Road 7) is not plowed in winter, so if you plan on doing a winter trip, add 4.4 miles each way to your hike, snowshoe or ski. On recommendation, we went up to Island first and then to Ice Lake. You break treeline right around where the loop starts. Very difficult if you aren’t used to the elevation, as there is so much climbing. We started our hike at 7:30/7:45 on a weekday morning and there were only a few other cars there. See more ideas about ice lake, san juan mountains, southwest colorado. Ice Lakes Basin is located near Silverton, CO, a mecca of hiking, backpacking, and camping! Ice Lake has to be one of the most spectacular destinations for the hiker that wants an experience to remember. your voice travels on peaks. trail is beautiful, but much of the foliage/grass is dead. And, as we quickly realized, our crew wasn’t at Ice Lake. Places. There are also some cool ruins there that are a bit of an eyesore, but its cool. From the trailhead, a hike of a little more than three miles, with an ascent of about 2,400 feet, leads to one of the most spectacular settings in Colorado. The Ice Lakes trailhead is located about six miles west of Silverton. Switchbacks, wildflowers, meadows, and more, read more about this absolutely essential trail and all it has to offer. This is due to the obscene amount of human waste left around the lake and trail. Trail on Ice Lake, Clear Creek, and South Fork Mineral Creek in San Juan National Forest. Sign up for our eNews updates and be the first to know... SJMA was created in 1988 to assist the San Juan National Forest in providing education and interpretation of public lands in Southwest Colorado. Ice Lake Trail . The upper basin is surrounded by awesome peaks. And I feel like a complete champion for having completed it solo! Ice Lake Basin Trail [CLOSED] is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ophir, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Five years ago, Botsford said, a busy day on the Ice Lakes trail might see 250 hikers. Ice Lake Basin Featured Route 7.3mi San Juan NF. You can see the trail on the right climbing up the end of the valley between the rocky cliffs. Ice Lakes trail has two common destinations, lower and upper. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from April until September. Ice Lake Basin is Island Lake. The trek up to Ice Lake Basin is short, steep, but not technical. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The Ice Lake Basin and aquamarine Ice Lake at 12,300 feet is ringed by 13,000-foot peaks. You should see a faint trail angling up the slope near the bottom of an old mine tailing. It is located at the very beginning of Lower Ice Lake Basin. So sad. I'd reiterate what someone said previously: if you're coming from a sea-level residence, give yourself time to acclimate. © 2018 - All Rights Reserved - San Juan Mountains Association | Web Design by Sweet P Web Development, Junior Naturalist Field Camps (Grades 1-6). Pictured is the south-facing slope the trail climbs. Forest: San Juan National Forest District: Columbine Ranger District Description: Ice Lakes Basin is at the headwaters of Mineral Creek outside of Silverton, Colorado. Get Here. … A side trip to Island Lake to the northeast adds about 1.12 miles round trip and 130′ elevation gain. We parked in a large grassy lot near the… The Ice Lake Trail was hands-down the best day-hike we took in our two and a half weeks in Colorado. Spend some time exploring the basin or return the way you came. Very challenging. In heading left, we hiked our tired legs straight to Ice Lake, and completely missed Island Lake. Go north of Silverton on Hwy. Length 8.2 miElevation gain 2798 ftRoute type Out & back Following the Ice Fire in fall of 2020, the Ice Lakes Basin Trail was closed. The trails climbs through 2 basins, each with its own ecosystem. Amazing blue/green lakes, late season wildflowers, moderately strenuous hike … It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Round Trip Distance: 7.3 miles to Ice Lake & 8.4 miles to Island Lake; Difficulty: Strenuous; Elevation Gain: 2,430 feet to Ice Lake & 2,550 to Island Lake; Peak Elevation: 12,265 at Ice Lake & 12,400 at Island Lake; Amount of Time Needed: 4 to 5.5 hours; Trailhead Coordinates: Ice Lake Basin Trailhead, Silverton, Colorado The upper basin is surrounded by awesome peaks. This juncture is intermittently marked with a cairn and is easy to miss. The trailhead has lots of parking, and this is a very popular trail. At this point, the trail emerges from the cover of the forest and opens up to a mellow meadow section. Ice Lake Basin San Juan National Forest, Colorado Distance: 9.3 miles Traveled: Ice Lake Trailhead to Ice lake and Island Lake “A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. First off the area is being evacuated today due to fire, so make other plans! Ice Lake Trail (505) Area Status: Open This trail is short and steep. The reviews were stellar, the photos spectacular, it was the perfect length at about 8.5 miles, and according to Google Maps, … Hiking down to the lake there are a couple sketchy places along the ridge but not too bad. The fire started near the parking lot for the ice lake basin trail, and now 600 acres have burned. Great views of a waterfall, pine forests, alpine lakes, and lots of mountain peaks. See the official news release and closure information here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices/?aid=62986 Vermillion, Fuller, Pilot Knob and Golden Horn are climbed from this basin. Best to download the map and follow it at splits. It delivered nonstop, stunning scenery perfectly integrated with a healthy amount of rigor. Lower your voice so everyone can enjoy the trail and not your conversation about your dog. Loving nature means respecting it. Lower Ice Lake Basin Lower Ice Lake Basin. I’ll still give it a 5 star and hope someday I can come back for it. I didn’t have any, and there were some spots that were roouuughhhh without them. The Ice Lakes trailhead is located about six miles west of Silverton. Ice Lakes Basin is known as one of the top alpine lake hiking destinations in all of Colorado, where hardy hikers are treated to waterfalls, wildflowers, open meadows, beautiful rock formations, alpine tundra and, of course, spectacular snow-fed lakes. To get there you must return to Ice Lake and look up the slope above the northeast corner of the lake. Turn left on County Road 7 (signed for the South Mineral … Phenomenal trail. Yes, the hike is strenuous but it is absolutely worth it. Ice Lake is breathtaking, take plenty of water and a few snacks to keep your energy up. Total Length 3¾mi; Elevation Range A seasoned explorer in … We then hiked on to Ice Lake and continued on to the last lake on the trail, which was an additional climb but well worth it. Follow the main trail the entire way, but look for a small cairn on the right upon reaching the basin—this unmaintained trail climbs to the magnificent Island Lake, and is a great option for runners looking to get off the beaten path. Ice Lake Basin offered a number of 13ers to climb and Blue Lakes Basin would give us a shot at Mount Sneffels. You’ll pass through aspen, conifers, and into two distinct basins above the … The trek up to Ice Lake Basin is short, steep, but not technical. It is closed temporarily due to fire-related hazards. A fire sparked Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, near Ice Lake Basin. The trail: The trail switchbacks for a few miles up toward Ice Lake Basin where it eventually levels out. Ice Lakes can also be accessed via the Phelps Creek Trailhead via the Leroy Creek Basin route or Carne Mountain High route with some off-trail … The shades of blue in the lake change when the sun ducks behind the clouds; countless colors of greens and blues can be seen depending on the amount of light that is reflected. The Ice Lakes Basin trailhead begins from the dirt parking lot across the road from South Mineral Campground. But it is worth it. pick up your trash. From Ice Lake the trail turns south and climbs another 330 feet to Fuller Lake, the highest and southernmost lake in the basin. The hike is tough (for me, the elevation was a challenge having just come from Kentucky) but not technically challenging. Ice Lake Basin Featured Route 7.3mi San Juan NF. Featured Routes. This beautiful vegetation is increasingly prone to trampling in recent years as more and more visitors take to the trails to take in Ice Lake’s majesty. This section is fairly flat for the next two-thirds of a mile. We didn’t have any hiking poles but after today we are definitely going to get some. Ice Lake Trail is a portal to an enchanting alpine basin in Colorado’s southwestern San Juan Mountains, about six hours from Colorado Springs. Vermillion, Fuller, Pilot Knob and Golden Horn are climbed from this basin. pick up your trash. The road leading to the trailhead is pretty smooth. It's very challenging but the views are 100% worth the hiking. The updated closure (Forest Order SJ-2020-10) applies to ALL public entry, including hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, skiers, and all motorized use including snowmobiles. There is an excellent Ice Lake Trail (great for trail running) starting from the campground, which gradually leads into the lower Ice Lake Basin, and then reaches Ice Lake. The first half is below timberline and passes through aspen and conifer vegetative zones. Follow the trail across a flatter approach to Ice Lake and marvel at the deep blue-green color that changes as shadows cross the lake. I hiked this trail in early October, and I started before sunrise. If you’ve got time visit upper ice lakes is another mile and 400 feet higher than Lower Ice Lakes and enjoy a relatively easy walk up the shoulder of 9,060 foot Mt. The Ice Lakes Trail offers a lot of variety. Ice Lakes Basin sits at an elevation of 12,500 ft, and the trail begins at 9,900 ft. Because of this, some people get elevation sickness or have a hard time breathing on this hike, … The parking lot is at N 37 48.394, W 107 46.428, The trail heads out NW from the parking lot. I went clockwise, although either direction looks good. Picture of Ice Lakes Basin Trailhead parking lot taken July 20th at 7 AM. You’ll pass through aspen, conifers, and into two distinct basins above the … Trail Attributes. We will be hiking this trail in the near future once again. Please protect our trails though. If you’re in the area and looking for an all around five-star hike, this is for you. It was challenging. Ice Lake, Ontario, a lake and a community in Canada; Ice Lake, New Zealand, in the list of lakes of New Zealand; United States. An old collapsed metal-sided mining cabin with an adjacent picnic table stands beside the lake. The hike is beautiful. Ice Lakes Trailhead at South Mineral Campground Camping. The Ice Lake Basin trail, though strenuous, features jaw dropping views of more than 3 alpine lakes surrounded by the jaw-dropping San Juan Mountain range in the backdrop. Bring plenty of food and water! Get Here. Trail Attributes. This is, by far, the BEST hike I’ve ever done. I, personally, wouldn’t take them to Island. Rewarding hike, moving counterclockwise on the loop to hit Island Lake prior to Ice Lake. Ice Lake Basin Trail Details. Ice Lake Trail is a portal to an enchanting alpine basin in Colorado’s southwestern San Juan Mountains, about six hours from Colorado Springs. Trail Information: Trail descriptions, statistics, and more The perpetual beauty that permeated the journey was bested only by the destination. Went first to Ice Lakes and then over to Island Lake on the loop trail. The Ice Lake Trail was hands-down the best day-hike we took in our two and a half weeks in Colorado. this is kind of an in-between time, not quite green, not quite snow. As we found out, the Ice Basin Trail is a big lollipop loop with Island Lake sitting on one side of the loop and Ice Lake sitting on the other. The trail to Ice Lakes basin traverses through pine forest and treks through lush meadows filled with Columbine flowers and stalks of corn lilies. The trail: The trail switchbacks for a few miles up toward Ice Lake Basin where it eventually levels out. The upper basin is surrounded by awesome peaks. Unburied feces everywhere. Ice Lakes. Quite busy but people very spread out. The lake is a deep blue color and has beautiful mountain peaks all around it. Most important learn how to poop and pee in the woods. Maude. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Amazing blue/green lakes, late season wildflowers, moderately strenuous hike to creekfalls and waterfalls too. Much of the green is gone but we enjoyed the fall colors along with the weather which was a bit cold and breezy at the lake. The Ice Lakes trailhead is located about six miles west of Silverton. This road is suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles, though there may be some potholes to avoid. my only complaint about this trail was the amount of off leash dogs that rushed up to mine and completely ignored their owners - i recognize that some parts of the trail are difficult to do with a dog that tugs on the lead, but please at least train a recall if you need to let them off, because not all dogs are friendly - i witnessed a fight break out between an off leash dog and a reactive leashed dog on this trail which was not fun to watch lol. The trail starts at the South Mineral Campground, just a few miles down a good dirt road from U.S. Highway 550. In heading left, we hiked our tired legs straight to Ice Lake, and completely missed Island Lake. A fire started when I just started the hike, saw people running down and l left too, later saw the smoke became massive as I was driving out of the mountain. It is uphill all the way to the lake basin. A permit system is now in place which you'll need to obtain from the Columbine Ranger District in order to hike this trail. Trash left by hikers. It can make anyone feel like a … This trail is excellent and a beautiful place to hike. Vermillion, Fuller, Pilot knob and Golden Horn are climbed from this basin. We were amongst the last people down around sunset on Sunday and smelled smoke briefly near the trailhead but didn’t know where it was coming from. After gaining 1,600-ft. in 2 miles the trail crests the ridge into the beautiful Lower Ice Lake basin. Gorgeous mountains, valley views, and of course the lakes. Trail Information : Trail descriptions, statistics, and more The trail concludes at Ice Lake, which is the bluest lake you will ever see. Switchbacks, wildflowers, meadows, and more, read more about this absolutely essential trail and all it has to offer. The Ice Lake Basin and aquamarine Ice Lake at 12,300 feet is ringed by 13,000-foot peaks. The Ice Lake Basin Trail is a tough hike to stunning views, incredible wildflowers, and electric blue alpine lakes — it’s certainly worth the climb. The Ice Lake Basin Trail is a tough hike to stunning views, incredible wildflowers, and electric blue alpine lakes — it’s certainly worth the climb. Ice Lake Trail . Ice Lake is a brilliant ice blue color and is in a cirque under 13,767-foot US Grant Peak. Follow the main trail the entire way, but look for a small cairn on the right upon reaching the basin—this unmaintained trail climbs to the magnificent Island Lake, and is a great option for runners looking to get off the beaten path. please don't be that person. Trail on Ice Lake, Clear Creek, and South Fork Mineral Creek in San Juan National Forest. Pro Tips; If you have the legs and the weather is good, continue another half-mile north from the Ice Lakes to Island Lake, a stunning alpine pool with, you guessed it, a large island. From the trailhead, a hike of a little more than three miles, with an ascent of about 2,400 feet, leads to one of the most spectacular settings in Colorado. As we found out, the Ice Basin Trail is a big lollipop loop with Island Lake sitting on one side of the loop and Ice Lake sitting on the other. Ice Lake is located in the San Juan National Forest near Silverton, Colorado. Five years ago, Botsford said, a busy day on the Ice Lakes trail might see 250 hikers. Expect a lot of stops and rests. The Ice Lake Trail takes hikers into one of the most spectacular areas of the San Juan Mountains after a steep but relatively short journey of 3 miles, gaining 2,600 feet. Ice Lake Basin Trail [CLOSED] is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ophir, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Five years ago, Botsford said, a busy day on the Ice Lakes trail might see 250 hikers. This section is fairly flat for the next two-thirds of a mile. The trail to Fuller Lake can be quite wet and muddy, but staying on the trail will help preserve the fragile alpine tundra. The parking lot is at N 37 48.394, W … I had no issues with the drive. Things to note: heaps of side trails, so easy to get lost. We went to the upper first then down to ice lake which is a color blue that barely looks real. There is a trail that leads around the lake for the 360 deg view. While there is little reprieve from the steady uphill nature of this hike, both the journey and destination make every step worthwhile. Be very cautious when hiking the trail where it transitions from the lower basin to the upper basin and vice versa. At this point, the trail emerges from the cover of the forest and opens up to a mellow meadow section. SJMA has a participating agreement with the San Juan National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office to develop educational programs, publications and volunteer projects, as well as provide interpretive services. Featured Routes. We parked in a large grassy lot near the… Also, be aware that shortly after the campground the road becomes only 4WD accessible. (Including a really annoying drone buzzing around ice lake). Cascade Creek Trail (510) Cave Basin Trail (530) City Reservoir Trail (542) Clear Creek Trail (550) Coal Creek Trail (677) Columbine Lake Trail (509) Continental Divide NST Trail (813) Corral Draw Trail (521) Crater Lake Trail (623) Deer Creek Trail (678) Divide Lakes Trail (539) Dry Fork Trail (616) Dutch Creek Trail (516) East Creek Trail (535) Note: Updated trail closure information can be viewed on the San Juan National Forest page here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sanjuan/recarea/?recid=42984&actid=50 After 2 miles of climbing, the trail traverses through the Lower Basin. The Ice Lake Basin and aquamarine Ice Lake at 12,300 feet is ringed by 13,000-foot peaks. This is a beautiful trail with awesome views all the way up. The trail from the junction up to and through the Lower Ice Lake Basin is very easy compared with what you have experienced thus far. The perpetual beauty that permeated the journey was bested only by the destination. It delivered nonstop, stunning scenery perfectly integrated with a healthy amount of rigor. Waterfalls, creeks, colors galore, and the most insanely colored lake you will ever seen! At roughly 2.2 miles in and an elevation of 11,400 feet, you’ll reach Lower Ice Lake Basin. The Ice Lake Basin trail, though strenuous, features jaw dropping views of more than 3 alpine lakes surrounded by the jaw-dropping San Juan Mountain range in the backdrop. Vermillion, Fuller, Pilot knob and Golden Horn are climbed from this basin. The trail wastes no time gaining elevation, climbing 1,600-ft. in 2-miles through forests and wildflower-filled meadows to the beautiful Lower Ice Lakes basin. Enjoy! last two miles are steep with thin air, hiking polls are helpful as many stated. A permit system is being considered by recreation managers but it is not underway. Awesome views and trail. Ice Lakes Basin is known as one of the top alpine lake hiking destinations in all of Colorado, where hardy hikers are treated to waterfalls, wildflowers, open meadows, beautiful rock formations, alpine tundra and, of course, spectacular snow-fed lakes. Amazing blue/green lakes, late season wildflowers, moderately strenuous hike to creekfalls and waterfalls too. The trail might be difficult, but that doesn’t seem to deter the thousands of hikers this trail sees every season. The trail is one of the most popular hikes in southwester Colorado. Follow the good gravel road for 4.4 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right (North) side of the road, just across from the South Mineral Campground. This isn't an amusement park, it is wilderness. Just be sure to park in the South Mineral parking lot, they have a sign explaining the trail. We did not go to Fuller - next time! Ice Lakes Basin is located near Silverton, CO, a mecca of hiking, backpacking, and camping! The colorful trip to Ice Lake Basin also leads to Colorado's island in the sky. The shades of blue in the lake change when the sun ducks behind the clouds; countless colors of greens and blues can be seen depending on the amount of light that is reflected. From Ouray: Follow Highway 550 south from Ouray for about 20 miles to the turn off to South Mineral Campground. Ice Lake (microprocessor) Absolutely gorgeous, crystal blue & clear. Lower Ice Lake is slightly below timberline, at the base of a towering ridgeline. The Ice Lakes Basin Trail is located near Silverton, Colorado, within the Columbine Ranger District of San Juan National Forest. Upon reaching the lower basin great views open to Fuller, Vermillion Peak, Golden Horn and Pilot Knob rising above the … Dog bags left on the trail. The trail is a dusty uphill climb for most of the way. Be careful not to slip when coming down. It seems much to our sadness most of these people have no clue about Leave NO Trace. Do everyone a favor and before you endeavor to hike, learn how to Leave No Trace. the trail is almost entirely inclined up to ice lake and the hills only get steeper as you get closer. The over the past few months we have witnessed up to 200 cars in the lot and lined up along the road. Great hike overall. When we got to the loop, we went right (counter clockwise) and had the trail and first lake all to ourselves. And when I say that I scoured the internet, I mean I came across a description for Ice Lake Basin Trail and was immediately sold. These are non-system trails that are not maintained by the San Juan National Forest. If you have the time and energy to explore more of the upper basin area before returning to the trailhead, two popular side trips are to Island Lake and Fuller Lake. Total Length 3¾mi; Elevation Range Lower Ice Lake Basin Lower Ice Lake Basin. 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