Explore St. Mary's Glacier (Meet in Morrison)

This is a great destination for some cooler weather when it's sweltering down in the city! This is a VERY popular destination in the summer - so we will make it an early trip to avoid some of the craziness. (We will also plan fall and winter trips up here.)

Parking Lot: http://goo.gl/maps/BBLL0

We will meet up at the Wooly Mammoth parking lot at the Morrison park and ride at 7:00 am to caravan and/or carpool. Parking is $5 per car at St. Mary's. We will leave at 7:15 sharp, so please be on time.

 

St. Mary's Glacier is located in Idaho Springs, 9 miles above exit 238 off of I-70.  The community is rich in history and the Glacier Hike is one of the top tourist destinations in Clear Creek County.

http://www.summitcountyexplorer.com/HIKES/St.%20Mary's%20Glacier%20-%20Hiking%20Trail.htm

Directions:
The St. Mary's Glacier hike makes an ideal day trip from Denver. Begin by driving west from Denver on I-70 to exit 238. At the exit you pick up county rd. 275 which winds its way north for about 9 miles to the trailhead on your left. Parking for a fee ($5) is just past the trailhead on the left. Be sure to use this parking lot as the locals are rather protective of their property rights and understandably so since weekend crowds sometimes litter.

Description:
The lake and snowfield are located about three quarters of a mile up the rocky trail. Be sure to bear left (up) at each of the first two forks. At the lake you can cross a bridge that leads to the snowfield.

Length: Approx. 1.5 miles roundtrip
Highlights:
Picturesque lake, year round snowfield
Difficulty Rating:
Beginner
Elevation Gain: Approx. 380 ft.


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  • Jamie S.

    Love this hike! As always, there were fabulous people and great dogs to hang out with. Thanks Buffy, Mike, and Milo for setting this up!

    August 17, 2013

  • Michael

    St. Mary's Glacier can be hit or miss depending on the weather, but today was perfect! Lots of sun, cool temperatures, and just a calm breeze.Of course, the company was amazing, and I could tell all the dogs had a blast.

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Kristen C.

    Extremely fun for both Clem and me! Gorgeous views and beautiful weather. We are so lucky to live in Colorado and experience fun times with great pups and peeps!

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • George U.

    Nice cool day for the dogs in the Mountains.

    August 17, 2013

  • Denise A.

    Dogs had a great time!

    August 17, 2013

  • Denise A.

    Leaving Broomfield at 6:45. Starbucks a must. If you aren't at the park and rides when we get there, we will head up to the Glacier.

    August 17, 2013

  • Buffy

    FYI - The exit with the Starbucks is AFTER our turn - going W on I-70, so if you want a coffee, you should get it before meeting us at the parking lot.

    1 · August 16, 2013

    • Kristen C.

      Is that directed at me? Lol.

      2 · August 16, 2013

    • Buffy

      Hee hee. ;-)

      August 16, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    Is it possible to meet at st Mary's? We live in summit county. Thanks, Amanda

    August 16, 2013

    • Buffy

      Hi Amanda, Of course! No reason for you to drive down to Morrison if you're coming from Summit Co. I think we will be there around 8:30. See you tomorrow!

      August 16, 2013

  • Buffy

    As a reminder: We will meet up at the Wooly Mammoth parking lot at the Morrison park and ride at 7:00 am to caravan and/or carpool. Parking is $5 per car at St. Mary's. We will leave at 7:15 sharp, so please be on time.

    The parking area is the very big one that is on the Northwest corner of I-70 and 40/93. There is a gas station across the street. If you get lost, please call Mike at[masked]

    August 13, 2013

  • Michael

    I love St. Mary's glacier!

    July 3, 2013

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