Ice Lakes Trail HikingTrail Running


Notes: 9.14.21 Ice Lakes area closure will reopen 9/15 (Ice Lake Trail, South Mineral Campground, Clear Lake Road and South Mineral Road.

Trail Length
7 miles
Distance from Durango
54 miles
2430 ft
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Ice Lakes Trail

Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

54 Miles


2430 Feet



Trail Length

7 Miles

Ice Lakes Trail

ALERT: Ice Lakes Trail is CLOSED 

A fire was reported on the afternoon of October 19, 2020, west of Silverton, CO on the north side of the South Mineral Creek Road (FS585). The fire area includes the Ice Lakes Trail and the Clear Lake Road. Public entry into this area is prohibited for the safety of users. Fire crews report numerous fire-weakened trees on the lower sections of Ice Lakes Trail and the Clear Lake Road. Crews had cleared the Clear Lake road numerous times before the recent snowfall, but trees, rocks and boulders continued to fall. Soils saturated by rain and snow and loosened by freezing and thawing will be even more unstable.

The Ice Lakes 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 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 sea of columbine, larkspur, aspen daisies, chiming bells and cow parsnips blankets both sides of the trail.

But the best is yet to come. 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 wonderland around the lake invites exploration, with routes heading toward Island Lake, Fuller Lake and beyond.

Distance, round trip to Ice Lake is 7.0 miles with 2,430 ft of elevation gain; round trip to Island Lake is 8.4 miles with 2,552 ft of elevation gain.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.82502018438983, -107.77970367481034

Where's the Trailhead?


Ice Lakes Trailhead

Take Hwy 550 North for 47 miles, then stay left upon entering Silverton to stay on Hwy 550 North. After 2 miles, turn left onto County Rd 7/Forest Rd 585. The trailhead is approximately 4 miles up the road on your right.


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