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.
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.
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.