Isabelle Glacier Trail

 7 votes

2.1 Miles 3.3 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,129' 344 m

Ascent

-58' -18 m

Descent

12,004' 3,659 m

High

10,905' 3,324 m

Low

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Minor Issues

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Hike to the source of South Saint Vrain Creek, Isabelle Glacier.

Tom Robson

Overview

Camping is only permissible in this zone between December 1 and April 30. From May 1 through November 30, this area is day-use only.
Features: Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

This trail is best attempted July through September. Snow-packed conditions can exist during the remaining months of the year.

Follow the Pawnee Pass Trail #907 as it climbs gradually for two miles through wooded terrain and into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The trail travels from Long Lake to Lake Isabelle, which sits just below the tree line.

At Lake Isabelle, follow the Isabelle Glacier Trail #908 as it forks left from the Pawnee Pass Trail. The Isabelle Glacier Trail continues along the north side of Lake Isabelle to Isabelle Glacier, the source of the South Saint Vrain Creek. The Isabelle Glacier Trail ends finally beside Isabelle Glacier in a very steep-walled cirque basin framed by Shoshone, Apache, and Navajo Peaks.

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Feb 1, 2017
Hannah Fine
didnt finish the hike but very cool. went in winter and dredged thru snow 6mi
Oct 16, 2016
Phillip Redmond
All the way to the top of the glacier. 10mi
Oct 15, 2016
Charlotte Thompson
Hike with Claire and felicity ! 5.2mi
Sep 19, 2016
Amber Dargis
Sep 5, 2016
Susan Sweet
Jun 18, 2016
Ellen Jardine
Easy hike up to Lake Isabelle is fun and gorgeous 4.2mi
Aug 22, 2015
Frank Bear
Continued to Isabelle Glacier. 9mi
Jul 19, 2015
Ed Pfromer
Had to part at Brainard Lake because upper parking was packed (get there before 7 next time). Saw 3 moose grazing outside parking lot on return. 6.5mi — 2h 49m

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Conditions


Minor Issues 4 days ago
Dry, Snowy, Some Mud, Fallen Trees: Mostly packed snow with some muddy sections and the occasional dry section. Snow travel is relatively easy, no post-holing.
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