Located in the San Juan National Forest, Ice Lakes Trail leads to two ice lake basins that serve as a picturesque destination to a deceptively challenging hike. The trail measures seven miles in length and is engineered with several switchbacks to combat the steepness. Hikers who are going to attempt this trail should make sure they are in good physical condition due to the altitude and grade of the trail.
Ice Lakes Trail is best visited in late June through mid-September. The trailhead elevation is 9,850 feet and has a peak elevation of 12,257 feet. Ice Lakes is also a popular destination for campers, many of whom choose to complete the trail in one day. Ice Lakes Trail has long been one of the favorite trails for intermediate hikers and campers looking to find a trail that was challenging yet not too difficult.
Ice Lakes is one of the more popular destinations during the summer. The vast majority of visitors step foot on the trail during the warm summer months and remains relatively untouched during the winter. Ice Lake provides onlookers with several great picture opportunities of the untouched Colorado wilderness. It is a popular trail for families with children.