St Mary's Glacier, Idaho Springs

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Saint Mary's Glacier is a semi-permanent snowfield located in Arapaho National Forest in the U.S. state of Colorado. Saint Mary's Glacier is 2.5mi southeast of James Peak.
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  • The trailhead is tricky to find if it's your first time there. There are two lots to park in. The trailhead is in between the two lots. There is a parking fee of $5. Make sure you take cash. Portable ...  more »
  • Easy, fun hike. A little uphill, but not bad. Great in the summer- it definitely is cooler up there on a hot summer day. Take you dog, but be considerate about keeping him/ her leashed, and pick up af...  more »
  • St. Mary's Glacier holds a spot in our heart. We recommend going in April. The trail is pet-friendly (with a leash) and the trail is a little under 2 miles. Beautiful views all along the trail. We rec...  more »
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  • Beautiful place all year. Very drastic altitude change, so you'll want to bring a jacket and sunscreen when you're at altitude.
  • What a wonderful place to go hiking. Located at about 3300m, this place has a small glacier to climb on and a glacier lake to swim in. The view from the glacier is fantastic, and the hike up not too strenuous. Even my 5 year old was able to do it and I carried my 1 year old, and my 73 year old Dad was with us. You might have to hurry though, as also this glacier is receding.
  • A fantastic, brisk hike to an amazing glacier lake. Best time to go is early morning during the week. We got here at 9am on a Tuesday and nearly had the place all to ourselves. Previously, we had gone on weekends and it was always packed, with parking nearly impossible.
  • If you've never done a winter hike before this is the best place to start. It's roughly one mile up and one mile back. It's a steep incline but totally worth it. It's breathtaking when you get to the glacier. I would say, if you have bad knees make sure you are prepared beforehand. Saying this as someone who does lol.
  • Visiting the glacier is an awesome and unique experience. It’s not difficult to arrive at the parking area off of 70. The hike to the lake is shy of 1 mile and a relatively easy. The hike is enjoyable, and the arrival at the lake and the glacier are stunning. It’s a neat experience at anytime of the year. Walk onto the glacier for better views and the chance to slide down the snow.
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