International Travel Site Says This is Colorado’s Best Hike
If you're looking for the perfect Colorado hike, one international website recommends you visit this location.
Colorado's Best Hike According to 'The Discoverer'
The Discoverer, a website that "...transports you to far-off destinations directly from your inbox," put together a list of the best hikes in each state. The website adds, "Start your week happier, smarter, and more worldly with our wanderlust-inducing travel inspiration."
For your hiking pleasure, The Discoverer suggests you visit Colorado's Ice Lake Basin. This seven-mile climb up an alpine bowl is surrounded by a handful of 13,000-foot Colorado peaks. Some of the surrounding peaks include Fuller Peak, Vermillion Peak, Golden Horn, and Pilot Knob.
Hike Colorado's Ice Lake Basin
It seems The Discoverer is not alone in its praise for this Colorado trail. The website Alltrails rates the Ice Lake Basin trail at 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on 1013 reviews.
Just to warn you in advance, the trail is ranked as "hard" with an elevation gain of 2,877 feet. This out-and-back trail will take you roughly five and a half hours to complete.
How To Find the Ice Lake Basin Hike
The website Uncover Colorado describes Ice Lakes Basin as one of the most popular hikes in Colorado. You'll find it in the San Juan National Forest. The trailhead is located at the South Mineral Campground near Silverton, Colorado.
Things You'll See
Uncover Colorado reports you'll spot a number of waterfalls along the trail. In addition, you'll encounter remnants from an old mining operation. Along the way, you'll cross a few crudely made footbridges. You'll see images of those in the gallery below.
Your Ultimate Destination
You'll eventually make your way to the upper ice lake. This feature is a remarkable shade of blue. Obviously, you can walk around the lake. Some people fish for cutthroat trout. Others jump in the crystal blue, and often times freezing cold water for a swim.
This Colorado Trail Is In Good Company
The Ice Lakes Basin hike has found its way to a prestigious list with The Discoverer's selection of the country's best hikes. Also making the cut would be Idaho's Goldbug Hot Springs, Kansas' Elk River Trail, New Mexico's Pine Tree Trail, and Utah's Golden Cathedral.