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Very worthwhile side-trip from the Ice Lake area, amazingly beautiful green lake with a rocky island in the middle


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0.6

Miles

1.0

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12,444' 3,793 m

High

12,240' 3,731 m

Low

206' 63 m

Up

39' 12 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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From the north east side of Ice Lake, follow any of a handful of braided paths. Eventually these coalesce into a well-worn, initially very steep trail up the hillside. Contour around the mountain and over some tricky slide paths to a couple of rocky outcrops. These outcrops are great viewpoints back across at Ice Lake and the surrounding 13ers. Gain the saddle and cross some flat ground. You soon reach the southern shore of emerald colored Island Lake, so named for the small rocky island in the middle. The setting is just great with high alpine peaks surrounding the bowl. There are multiple spots for a picnic or photos.

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Paul Savin

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Ice Lake Vista taken from Island Lake Trail
May 12, 2018 near Silverton, CO
Island Lake
Aug 25, 2017 near Silverton, CO
Tundra in the Ice Lake Basin with permission from David Broome
Mar 19, 2016 near Silverton, CO
The Trail Between Ice Lake and Island Lake
Jul 11, 2020 near Silverton, CO
Island Lake and surrounding 13ers.
Sep 30, 2023 near Silverton, CO
Island Lake
Jul 11, 2020 near Silverton, CO

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