Ice Lakes

The Silverton area boasts a number of great day hikes but none can compete with the sheer scenic beauty of Ice Lake.

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. Upon reaching the lower basin great views open to Fuller, Vermillion Peak, Golden Horn and Pilot Knob peak rising above the ridge at the head of the basin.

As you wander up the lower basin waterfalls emanating from unseen alpine lakes and snowfields tumble down clefts in the rocky hillside watering a breathtaking array of wildflowers.

A steep climb to the upper basin leads to the turquoise blue waters of Ice Lake nestled in a magnificent cirque of sculpted ridges and peaks soaring well above 13,000-ft. The alpine tundra wonderland around the lake invites exploration with routes heading toward Island Lake, Fuller Lake and beyond.

  • Near: Silverton, CO
  • Distance: 7 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2400 ft
  • Hike Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: 8/10
  • Trail Condition: Mostly well maintained trail
  • GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Dog Friendly: Yes
  • Kid Friendly: Yes

Getting to the trail head:
From Silverton: Go to the intersection of Highway 550 and the turnoff to Silverton (110), drive 1.9 miles north on Highway 550 to County Road 7. Turn left on County Road 7 (signed for the South Mineral Campground) and follow this good gravel road for 4.4 miles to the trailhead parking area on the north side of the road (right) across from the South Mineral Campground.

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Upper Ice Lakes



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