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.
- Hiking shoes
- Sleeping bag
- Rain gear
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Backpacking, Camping, Hiking
Spring, Summer, Autumn
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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.
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