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Ice Lake, San Juans, CO

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Offline steelfrog

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Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« on: August 06, 2012, 10:56:03 PM »
OK--we took a weekend warrior trip to Silverton--drove all night Thursday night and hit the trail up to 12,300' Ice Lake, what we would come to regard as a paradise on earth.  See for yourself:

Our campsite--sucks, don't it?



Marmots marmots everywhere!



Ice Lake Basin--the peaks are, L-R, Fuller, Vermillion, Golden Horn, Pilot's Knob:



Island Lake, with Ulysses S Grant above:



Sunrise over Ice Lake:



I thought Snowmass Village was my favorite town until I saw Ouray:



Fuller Lake below, and Ice Lake below that; note cabin; Ulysses S Grant beyond:

« Last Edit: December 21, 2015, 01:33:13 PM by steelfrog »

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Offline brave6

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2012, 01:14:32 AM »
Ice Lake is an amazing place... took a dip there in July of 2010 trying to chase down a runaway orange.  Bone chilling cold.

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Offline txsweetlady1

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2012, 05:54:55 AM »
Beautiful pics!!  Hubby & I are heading to the San Juan Skyway, Ouray and Mesa Verde end of August.  As your pictures show, a slice of heaven on earth.  Thanks for sharing.  JD :icon_biggrin:
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Offline Quatro

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2012, 12:43:28 PM »
But that southbound drive from Ouray to Silverton scares the bejesus out of me. No guardrails and the thought that a travel trailer will drift a little too far in my lane.  In my book, that is a Class 3 drive due to the exposure.

Speaking of scary, did you camp above treeline or below?  If below, how far was it from treeline to the Basin?  How were the bugs?

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro - HST

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 12:59:55 PM »
Virtually no bugs.

treeline is down by lower Ice Lake; to get up over the headwall is about 800 vertical and takes 30 minutes or so; no biggie.  Winds weren't an issue.  Camping at Lower Ice Lake wasn't an option; upper is definitely the way to go.

I wan tto go back there and do all the 4 wheel drive passes and roads--Clear Lake, Imogene, Engineer, etc.

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Offline Homer67

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2012, 07:01:18 PM »
Gorgeous photos, guys!
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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Offline Picacho

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2012, 09:29:22 PM »
Nice photos.  Brings back memories 12 years ago.  Although I had much more snow that you guys did.  The blue lakes with the green and red backdrop along with flowers is incredible. 

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Offline desertflwr

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2012, 05:53:42 AM »
Beautiful photos!  A few years ago we rode the train from Durango to Silverton and were amazed at the gorgeous scencery.  Love that area. 
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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2012, 07:40:32 AM »
beautiful , especially nice during these 100 + degree days
nice to see Lance "back in the saddle"

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2012, 08:43:28 PM »
Great stuff! Brings back memories. I used to backpack in the Weminuche Wilderness. We'd take the Durango to Silverton train half way and then hike up into Chicago Basin. Beautiful area! Thanks for jogging my memory.  :dance:
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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2014, 10:14:59 AM »
I used to backpack in the Weminuche Wilderness. We'd take the Durango to Silverton train half way and then hike up into Chicago Basin.

Ditto on that!  And SA Bill was my old backpacking buddy there many moons ago!
You don't travel to see different things,
You travel to see things differently.

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2014, 10:43:15 AM »
My daughter and I are heading there in July; doing a loop we made on Google Earth starting at BearTown and heading down to Arrow, then up and over several passes to a number of lakes, several unnamed; lots of scrambling and bushwacking.

Also going to do the Four Pass loop around the maroon Bells and the via ferrata in Teluride

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2014, 06:50:58 PM »
I used to backpack in the Weminuche Wilderness. We'd take the Durango to Silverton train half way and then hike up into Chicago Basin.

Ditto on that!  And SA Bill was my old backpacking buddy there many moons ago!

Many,    many,    many     moons ago! First trip was 1976? Time flies....
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Offline Juan Cuatro Lados

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Re: Ice Lake, San Juans, CO
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2014, 12:51:29 PM »
Fine pictures, the San Juans rock!

 


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