Backpack to Island Lake

Ice Lake Trail

A long yet rewarding hike to many beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and mountain views. At Ice Lake you'll see some of the bluest water around, and at Island Lake, one of the most unique lake formations in Colorado.

From the Ice Lakes basin Trailhead, this 8 mile round trip trail with 3000 feet of elevation gain will bring you to the Ice Lakes Basin with an abundance of beautiful lakes, especially Island Lake and Ice Lake. We camped on a little shelf above Island Lake, but you can camp anywhere you find a nice spot. The views are endless so anywhere you camp is going to be great.

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Camera
  • Warm Clothes
  • Water/ Food
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RT Distance 8 Miles
Elevation Gain 3000 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

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Beautiful! Don't miss this!

This was one of the most stunning backpacking trips I have ever done. I would recommend setting up camp before climbing up to the lakes, as it can get pretty windy up top at night. The lakes on top are STUNNING. Water is an unbelievable turquoise color. Definitely DO NOT miss this place if you are in the area!


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