Stem and loop

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Stem and loop

Hiking Island Lake, Ice Lake
Hikers cross a floral embellished alpine landscape on their way from Island Lake to the Ice Lake Basin.
Ice Lake is incomprehensible, the color of myth and legends.
Island Lake is nestled in a high elevation cirque at 12,400 feet. Leave from the same trailhead to scramble up Fuller Peak, Vermilion Peak, and Golden Horn.

Stem and loop

Hikers cross a floral embellished alpine landscape on their way from Island Lake to the Ice Lake Basin.
Ice Lake is incomprehensible, the color of myth and legends.
Island Lake is nestled in a high elevation cirque at 12,400 feet. Leave from the same trailhead to scramble up Fuller Peak, Vermilion Peak, and Golden Horn.
Trail basics

Travel: From Durango, drive north on U.S. 550 about 47 miles to Silverton. Continue north toward Ouray for 2.0 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 trailhead. There is an outhouse but no water. Allow 1 hour, 15 minutes from Durango.
Distance and Elevation Gain: 7.8 miles; 2,800 feet of climbing for the loop. The Ice Lake Basin out-and-back, exclusive of Island Lake, is 7.2 miles with 2,450 feet of climbing.
Time: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Trail; navigation moderate; no exposure
Map: Ophir, Colorado 7.5 Quad

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