Ice Lake (505)

Ice Lake Trail 2021

Ice Lake Trail #505 is a wildly popular trail, so do not expect solitude. The trail climbs almost 3,000 feet of elevation in 3.75 miles. The first half is below timberline and passes through aspen and conifer vegetative zones. Lower Ice Lake is slightly below timberline, at the base of a towering ridgeline. The upper half of the trail switchbacks up a cliff and then levels out when it reaches the basin. Typically the basin is covered by wildflowers in late July and August. This lake basin is surrounded by several peaks, which include Grant Peak, Fuller Peak, and Beatie Peak. As with all areas above timberline, there is little natural shelter from the elements. Storms can move into these areas very rapidly. All water in this area should be filtered for Giardia.

The 2020 Ice Fire damaged this trail and surrounding area and left behind tree snags and loose material that could pose hazards during rain or wind events. Although the trail, South Mineral Campground, and the roads have been cleared of fallen debris and many snags, a post-fire environment is inherently hazardous. Please exercise extreme caution when visiting the area.

Fishing: Ice Lake is rated good for brook and cutthroat trout.

  • Distance (one-way): 3.75 miles
  • Minimum/starting elevation: 9,840 feet
  • Maximum/ending elevation: 12,260 feet

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer and Fall
Restrictions: Non-motorized use only
Closest Towns: Silverton, CO
Water: Purification is recommended
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District

General Information


From Silverton, CO: Follow U.S. 550 north of Silverton about 2 miles and turn onto FDR #585 (South Mineral Creek). The trailhead is at the entrance of South Mineral Campground. There is limited parking.


Parking is limited. During the busy months, the parking lot is often full by 7am. If you arrive and the lot is full, please consider a different hike. You must adhere to the 'no parking' signs along the road. 


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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles

  Elevation : 
9,840' - 12,260'