Backpack the Ice Lakes Trail

Colorado Ice Lakes Trailhead

Added by Kyle Schrock

  • This roundtrip hike is 8.4 miles if you're planning to head up to Island Lake
  • Access to two pristine lake basins
  • Ability to backcountry camp anywhere at no cost
  • Duration: Overnight

The trailhead is in front of the entrance to the South Mineral Campground. The trek is 8.4 miles round trip with 2,552 ft elevation gain to Island Lake, the highest of the lakes. We packed all our gear up the mountain and camped overnight at Island Lake.

However, backcountry camping is allowed everywhere, so you can camp at Lower or Upper Ice Lake as well. There is no need for a permit and no cost at all to camping there. Bring rain gear, especially in summer.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camera
  • Rain gear
  • Water
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Backpacking, Camping, Hiking

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Spring, Summer, Autumn

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8.4 Miles




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3 months ago

Engaged And Married 1 Year Later Here

Such a magical place, I proposed to my now wife up here and we returned 1 year later with 15 close friends and family, 2 pups and a photographer for a memorable wedding.

3 months ago

12 months ago

Wildflower Heaven

This is probably one of the most incredible places in Colorado. If you hike or backpack here in late July you'll be surrounded by paintbrush and columbine wildflowers. Most people stay at the lower basin but if you're brave you can camp in the upper basins and enjoy solitude after thunderstorms clear everyone else out.

12 months ago

Added by Kyle Schrock

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