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St. Mary's Glacier Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,214' 370 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 11,627' 3,544 m
Low: 10,414' 3,174 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Andrew Greene

A rocky climb up to the glacier and lake.

Andrew Greene

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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Sep 2, 2019
Dan Moody
Aug 5, 2019
Mike Sanders
Aug 2, 2019
B L
ended at rock in middle of plateau above glacier 1.9mi — 1h 00m
Aug 2, 2019
Michele Stamm
1.9mi — 5h 23m
Jul 20, 2019
Wes Mitchell
Jul 19, 2019
Sara M
Jul 9, 2019
Craig Washburn
Beautiful hike
Jul 7, 2019
Tracey Ziniel

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  4.3 from 48 votes

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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
Make a stop at the lake before you head up through the snow for the rest of the trail.
Jun 4, 2017 near Central…, CO
St Mary's Glacier. with permission from dreamer 200
Aug 15, 2016 near Central…, CO
Saint Mary's glacier approach in July 2017
Nov 21, 2018 near Central…, CO

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