V2: Ice Lake Basin’s accessible thirteener

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V2: Ice Lake Basin’s accessible thirteener

Blue water, magnificent peaks and an achievable summit
From the crest of V2, look out over some of Colorado’s most challenging and visually captivating mountains: Fuller Peak, Vermilion Peak, Golden Horn, Pilot Knob and V4. Island Lake is directly below, and coming into view is Ice Lake’s brilliance.
A hiker approaches the crest of the mountain. The summit ridge is constricted but relatively flat and comfortable. Astounding views of the southern San Juan Mountains continually unfold.
Ascend on the Ice Lake Trail generally northwest. After 2.2 miles, take an unmarked footpath to Island Lake and Swamp Pass. Upon reaching the pass, walk east on a social trail to the summit ridge of V2.
Travel basics

Travel: From Silverton, drive north on U.S. Highway 550 toward Ouray for two miles. At the sign for the South Mineral Campground, bear left onto a good dirt road. In 4.2 miles, park in a large lot on the right at the Ice Lake Trailhead. There is an outhouse but no water.

Distance and Elevation Gain: 8.0 miles; 3,600 feet of climbing

Time: 4½ to 6½ hours

Difficulty: Trail; navigation easy; mild exposure; slippery trail on approach to Swamp Pass

Map: Ophir, Colorado 7.5’ USGS Quad or Apogee Mapping

V2: Ice Lake Basin’s accessible thirteener

From the crest of V2, look out over some of Colorado’s most challenging and visually captivating mountains: Fuller Peak, Vermilion Peak, Golden Horn, Pilot Knob and V4. Island Lake is directly below, and coming into view is Ice Lake’s brilliance.
A hiker approaches the crest of the mountain. The summit ridge is constricted but relatively flat and comfortable. Astounding views of the southern San Juan Mountains continually unfold.
Ascend on the Ice Lake Trail generally northwest. After 2.2 miles, take an unmarked footpath to Island Lake and Swamp Pass. Upon reaching the pass, walk east on a social trail to the summit ridge of V2.

V2: Ice Lake Basin’s accessible thirteener

Mid-summer, the flowers are truly magnificent. As you approach Island Lake, handsome Ulysses S. Grant consumes the sky.

V2: Ice Lake Basin’s accessible thirteener

The trail to V2 climbs from Island Lake to Swamp Pass. The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run utilizes this segment of the trail.

V2: Ice Lake Basin’s accessible thirteener

Jana Goldstein talks with John Bregar on the west ridge of V2. Mighty Ulysses S. Grant rises above.
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