Ice Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Colorado. It is within San Juan National Forest. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 9,841 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,689 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there are waterfalls.
Ice Lakes Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Overshadowed by some rather impressive peaks and replete with wildflowers in the summertime, Ice Lake Basin is a popular destination for hikers visiting the Silverton region of the San Juan Mountains. There are actually two Ice Lake Basins, Lower and Upper. This description passes through the lower basin before climbing to the upper one."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"As the name suggests, Ice Lake Basin lies high above timberline in a corner of the San Juan Mountains known for its long winters and short summers. Ice Lake and its neighboring lakes are frozen for at least eight months of the year, and the valley they occupy is bordered by several snowfields that never completely melt. There are four named lakes within the basin and five or six unnamed ones, all remnants of the glaciers that long ago created the bowl-shaped valley. The basin is a textbook example of an alpine depression that was gouged out of the mountains by a long succession of glaciers that have periodically resided here over the past 900,000 years."
--David Day, Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"Upper Ice Lake and Fuller Lake are situated in a magniﬁcent alpine basin deep in the San Juan Mountains. A steep climb to the turquoise waters of upper Ice Lake takes you past remarkable ﬁelds of wildﬂowers."
--Bill Haggerty, Hiking Colorado's Western Slope (Falcon Guides).
"Azure, alpine pools and lavender-hued peaks offer an otherworldly vision at Ice Lake Basin, attracting hikers, photographers, and mountain climbers from around the state. Nine waterfalls are sprinkled along the route, for a hike with something for everyone."
--Susan Joy Paul, Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides).
"The Ice Lake Trail is a deceptively challenging walk to a decidedly mag- niﬁcent destination. Engineered with shallow switchbacks to minimize steepness, the trail leads to two Ice Lake basins, lower and upper. Both are rewarding destinations for eager day hikers or overnight campers. This is a popular trail throughout the summer."
--Maureen Keilty , Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
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