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Ice Lake BasinSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2016
DallinW
Hiking7.29 Miles 2,535 AEG
Hiking7.29 Miles   3 Hrs   14 Mns   2.65 mph
2,535 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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This one has been on my todo list since I heard about it last summer. Get an early start to avoid the crowds. We started around 7AM and had the entire upper basin to ourselves.

The elevation gain begins gradually but gets steeper as you ascend, with the exception of the walk across lower ice lake basin. Along the way there are a few creek crossings that may require you to get your feet a little wet.

Below the upper basin there was almost no snow we had to deal with and the area looked extremely lush and green for what I expected to see in late June. In the basin it was still somewhat packed in with snow, and the lake was frozen over. We contemplated going to Island Lake but decided against it because it was most likely also frozen over. I would like to get back here later in the summer to see what the lakes look like when they are not frozen.
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