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St. Mary's Glacier Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (56)

A rocky climb up to the glacier and lake.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

Point to Point

11,627' 3,544 m

High

10,414' 3,174 m

Low

1,214' 370 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Swimming · Views

Family Friendly Older kids will love the novelty of dipping their feet in the icy waters of the lake, and of being able to play in the snow, even during the summer.

Description

The views at the top of this strenuous trail are well worth the high altitude hike. The trail goes from wide enough for a jeep to narrower with more numerous individual trails branching off through the woods. They all end up coming back together on the east side of Saint Mary's Lake. From there, take the bridge to cross the stream near the dam and continue up to the glacier.

It is about a mile hike from the lake to the glacier. From there, the trail continues approximately another mile up to a junction with Kingson Peak. Spectacular views of the area can be enjoyed along the whole journey, but the junction with the Kingston Peak Trail will provide the best photo ops.

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Andrew Greene

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 56 votes

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Photos

St. Mary's Glacier Lake in October
Oct 10, 2019 near Central…, CO
St Mary's Glacier. with permission from dreamer 200
Aug 15, 2016 near Central…, CO
St. Mary's Glacier
Mar 13, 2019 near Central…, CO
April can still bring heavy snow to St. Mary's Lake.
Apr 4, 2017 near Central…, CO
St Mary's Lake in December
Jul 31, 2019 near Central…, CO
Rocky Trail leading up to St. Mary's Glacier Lake
Oct 10, 2019 near Central…, CO

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Oct 14, 2020
Ashton Salter
Oct 9, 2020
Chris R
Sep 20, 2020
Sang Lintakoon
hiked slowly with gugu and guzhang. glacier was receeding. capri leggings, joyride baseball tee, gray zipup, ang cotopaxi windbreaker 2mi — 2h 20m
Sep 19, 2020
I M
trail above the lake hard to follow. views are okay
Sep 5, 2020
Alicia Wyatt
Jul 25, 2020
Michelle A
A wee bit icy 3mi — 2h 30m
Jul 25, 2020
Marie Magro
Jul 18, 2020
Kathryn Clark