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Hike To Ice Lake - Silverton

The Hike to Ice Lake is ~6.5 mi. RT starting near 9,875 ft and ending near 12,300 ft. To get to the trailhead drive ~2 mi. north of Silverton and turn left (West) on South Mineral Creek Campground Rt. 585 and go ~ 4.5 miles (trailhead on right, North side of Rd).

The goal is to get to upper ice lake, however there is likely to be patches of snow above 11K ft. and snow pack above 12K ft. so it will all depend on how prepared the group is (turnaround at lower ice lake is alternate option if too much snow/ice on upper bench)

In addition to normal hiking gear, may want to bring boots for snow, gloves, wet shoes for creek crossing at 11.5K ft., hiking poles?

This hike will happen if there are at least 4 people signed up by 6PM Saturday. (cancelations for weather or low attendance will be announced by 7PM Sat. if necessary).

Meet at Durango Joes 40 Town Plaza location at 7AM for coffee and caravan or meet at the trailhead at 8:15 AM.

This hike is described in Southwest Colorado High Country Day Hikes #27a, Hiking Trails of Southwestern Colorado pg. 227, The Best Durango Hikes pg. 64 (South Rt. only), and there is an online map of this hike at:

Attendees must sign waiver and read the route / difficulty in advance.

Assume 3.5 to 6 hours depending on group.

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  • Brian W.

    Look forward to future meet up!

    June 29, 2014

  • Brian W.

    Nice meeting and hiking with every body today! My direct contact info is[masked] & [masked]

    June 29, 2014

  • Brian W.

    I may join tomorrow, what time
    And where will meet up happen?

    June 28, 2014

  • Steven G.

    I tried hiking it 3 weeks ago, but got turned around at the waterfall. We postholed up to our thighs for about a quarter of a mile until turning around. Should be better by now, but still expect some dirty patches of snow. I'll find out if I can join tomorrow afternoonish.

    June 27, 2014

  • Lori N.

    We will be meeting you at the Ice Lakes trailhead. Will you bring waivers or where do we find in advance?

    June 27, 2014

  • Cooper H.

    I love Ice Lakes! But, I have other plans, darn it. Give us a wildflower report. Have fun!

    June 27, 2014

  • Jeff

    It'll be 91 deg. in Durango on Sun. but a nice cool 78 in Silverton, and perhaps 10 deg. cooler up at ice lake.

    June 26, 2014

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