Located in the San Juan Mountains is lies the picturesque Island Lake in Silverton, Colorado. Island Lake can be accessed from one of the hiking trails and is a favorite fishing and camping spot for visitors and locals. Southwest Colorado is known for its great hiking and island Lake is no exception. Hikers can expect an elevation gain of approximately 3,000 feet from the trailhead that gives access to Island Lake. There are two other surrounding lakes including Ice Lake, Little Ice Lake, and Fuller Lake.
Hikers and campers who reach Island Lake are treated to some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire state. Visitors will find plenty to do including boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, and exploring. The location is managed by the US Forest Service and is part of the San Juan National Forest.
Near Island Lake there are some great hiking trails including Christ of the Mines Shrine, Cement Creek, Kendall Mountain, Lackawana Mill. Christ of the Mines Shrine is a very popular trail and features a one mile walk that provides a beautiful view of the town of Silverton. Lackawana Mill trail, which starts in Silverton, provides a leisurely walk through a wooded area.