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St Mary's Glacier, Idaho Springs

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  • Glacier was a little underwhelming to be truthful but... gorgeous hike with lake and views. Trail splits with left going up and up with great views. Right goes by the lake and then you can hike to gla...  more »
  • Hiking up to the glacier is a must, and up there it's gorgeous. Lots of people though. Hike carefully due to lots of rocks on path and high altitude. Take water, wear appropriate shoes. 
  • (Don't do this hungover like I did) Ricky climb but you can go at your own pace. I think it's a mile until you get to the "desired area" which is a basin with a beautiful lake and mountain views. Good...  more »
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  • Great fun to be had any season. Saint Mary's glacier is a beautiful place less than an hour from Denver. When the temps in Denver are approaching triple digits, the glacier is a great way to cool down. The views are amazing and the experience of walking on a glacier is not to be missed. Most of the land around and up to the glacier is private so be sure to follow the trail so as not to trespass on private lands. A quick Google search yields directions on how to get to the glacier, where to park and conditions.
  • I'm grateful I saw the glacier up close, before it inevitably melts due to climate change. The glacier rolls over the mountain and into the valley. It feeds the clear creek below. The hike up to the glacier is moderately strenuous, although less than a mile. I didn't see any trail markers, except for the one in the parking lot. I recommend going early, because it is quite popular, and you'll share the hike with dozens of others. A serene lake meets you halfway. Only cross the glacier if you're equipped for walking on ice and snow. We saw some hikers slipping and sliding. Bring a sandwich and enjoy the view, you won't be disappointed. Bellissima!
  • It was an great place, beautiful view! I suggest you get there early. The parking lot was full so I parked a little down the road at a lake by what seemed to be a small hotel/motel. The trailhead is off to the side on the road by some fence. It's a little steep at first, you'll soon arrive at the lake and you can see the Glacier across. I went in mid July there was still snow and there were people skiing and snowboarding down the Glacier. Which then made sense why I saw people hiking up with that. Anyways, there were people jumping off the cliff across the lake onto the lake. It was a hot day, but I'm sure that waster was cold! The lake and trail and dog friendly, there were tons of people hanging out around the lake and dogs were in the water. You can climb to the top and cross the snow but be ready to slip and slide and take a few falls... I did. If you make it passed the snow, make sure to have some lunch. A sandwich, fruit, plenty of water, snacks, or peanuts. It's pretty nice if you make it to the top. According to my phone I was 10,000 ft up.
  • Get there early to beat the crowds. I got there before dawn and enjoyed a private sunrise and at least an hour more of solitude before I saw another person. A beautiful short hike for priceless views.
  • Always a good place to go when you don't have the whole day to be out. Crowed though...