Golden Horn a siren spire above Ice Lake Basin

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Golden Horn a siren spire above Ice Lake Basin

Golden Horn of Ice Lake
Indomitable Vermilion Peak, elevation 13,894 feet, center, is the highest mountain ringing the Ice Lake Basin, but unmistakable Golden Horn is the headline-grabbing peak. Pyramidal Fuller Peak is the easiest to achieve.
Clair and Betsey Butler are on Golden Horn’s twin-like subsidiary peak. Ice Lake is the turquoise dot more than 1,500 feet below at left.
Debra Van Winegarden stands on the 4X4-foot horn, elevation 13,780 feet. Be steady; it is exposed and airy up there. Vermilion Peak is on the left.
From the Ice Lake Trailhead, elevation 9,840 feet, take the standard trail to Ice Lake. Continue on the trail toward Fuller Lake. Ascend onto the bench between Point 13,230 and Fuller Lake. Utilize it to gain the upper basin. Climb northwest to the Vermilion/Golden Horn saddle and then north to the peak.
Travel basics

Travel: From Durango, drive north on U.S. Highway 550 about 47 miles to Silverton. Continue north toward Ouray for 2 miles. At the sign for the South Mineral Campground, bear left onto a good dirt road suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles. In 4.2 miles, park on the right at the trailhead. Allow 1 hour, 15 minutes from Durango.


Distance and Elevation Gain: 12 miles, 3,800 feet of climbing


Time: 6½ to 8 hours


Difficulty: Trail, off-trail; navigation moderate; some Class 3 scrambling and exposure on the summit block.


Map: Ophir, Colorado 7.5 Quad

Golden Horn a siren spire above Ice Lake Basin

Indomitable Vermilion Peak, elevation 13,894 feet, center, is the highest mountain ringing the Ice Lake Basin, but unmistakable Golden Horn is the headline-grabbing peak. Pyramidal Fuller Peak is the easiest to achieve.
Clair and Betsey Butler are on Golden Horn’s twin-like subsidiary peak. Ice Lake is the turquoise dot more than 1,500 feet below at left.
Debra Van Winegarden stands on the 4X4-foot horn, elevation 13,780 feet. Be steady; it is exposed and airy up there. Vermilion Peak is on the left.
From the Ice Lake Trailhead, elevation 9,840 feet, take the standard trail to Ice Lake. Continue on the trail toward Fuller Lake. Ascend onto the bench between Point 13,230 and Fuller Lake. Utilize it to gain the upper basin. Climb northwest to the Vermilion/Golden Horn saddle and then north to the peak.
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