Ice Lake is nestled in the San Juan mountains near Silverton Colorado. After parking at South Mineral Campground which sits at 9,845ft elevation the trail climbs up an additional 2,430ft. The total length of this day hike is 7.4 miles roundtrip. Camping in the backcountry is possible and tents from other hikers are hidden along the trail in various locations. In the summer months it is especially important to monitor the weather as mountain storms often come and go throughout this region with little warning.
About halfway through the hike the trail opens up into a gorgeous meadow that offers colorful wildflowers, greenery and towering rugged peaks above. Water fills the land with seemingly endless streams, lakes and rain.
Finally, after strenuous elevation gain, the lake appears.