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Ice Lake Basin

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Object Title: Ice Lake Basin

Image Type(s): Hiking, Flora, Scenery

 

Page By: Liba Kopeckova

Created/Edited: Aug 28, 2011 / Aug 28, 2011

Object ID: 741497

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Overview

Ice Lake area is located in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado (part of Rockies). It was on my "to do" list for a long time, and finally I made a quick one day trip and hiked up 3 surrounding peaks: Fuller Peak 13,761 feet=4192 meters, Vermilion Peak, and Golden Horn.
The hike starts at South Mineral Creek Campground (easily accessible with low clearance cars), elevation at trailhead is 9,827 feet. There is an excellent Ice Lake Trail (great for trail running) starting from the campground, which gradually leads into the lower Ice Lake Basin, and then reaches Ice Lake. It is 3.5 miles to the Ice Lake, and 2,500 feet of elevation gain. The views along the hike are amazing.

Trail to the Ice Lake and along the lake

Lower Ice Lake Basin
Lower Ice Lake Basin
Trail in the Lower Ice lake Basin
Trail in the Lower Ice Lake basin
Waterfall in the Lower Ice Lake Basin
Waterfall in the Lower Ice Lake Basin
Camping near Ice Lake
Campsite near Ice Lake
Ice Lake
Ice Lake
Ulysses S. Grant Peak
Ulysses S. Grant Peak and Ice Lake

Fuller Peak 13,761 ft = 4194 m

Fuller Peak
Fuller Peak with an old miner's hut
Fuller Peak and Lake
Fuller lake with Fuller peak in the background
Fuller Peak, Vermilion and Golden Horn
Fuller, Vermilion and Golden Horn as seen from Ice lake
Fuller Peak and Lake
Rest by Fuller Lake
Climber approaching the saddle
Climber approaching the Vermilion-Fuller saddle
The saddle between Fuller Peak and Vermilion
Vermilion-Fuller saddle
Duchess in the saddle
Duchess in the saddle
Trail to Fuller Peak
Trail to Fuller Peak
Fuller Peak
Fuller Peak from the saddle
Duchess along the ridge
Duchess hiking along the ridge
Last steps towards the summit
almost at the top
View West
View west from Fuller Peak
View North
View North from Fuller Peak
Looking into Yankee Boy Basin
Looking into Yankee Boy Basin

Vermilion Peak 13,894 ft = 4235 m

Vermilion Peak
Vermilion Peak as seen from the top of Fuller peak
Vermillion Peak
Vermilion from Fuller-Vermilion saddle
Trail on Vermilion
Climber on Vermilion
Duchess did so great!
Duchess did so great
Higher up on Vermilion
Higher up on Vermilion
Near the summit
Near the summit
Summit of Vermilion Peak
Summit of Vermilion
Wilson massif
Wilson Massif as seen from the top of Vermilion
Summit log on Vermilion
Summit log on Vermilion
Summit of Vermilion
Summit pose
Golden Horn
Golden Horn from Vermilion
Descent from Vermilion Peak
Descent from Vermilion

Golden Horn 13,780 ft = 4200 m

Golden Horn
Golden Horn looks intimidating, but is not
Golden Horn
Golden Horn and its reflection
Wildflower garden
Wildflower garden
Golden Horn
It indeed looks like a horn
Fat marmot
Fat marmot
Golden Horn
Golden Horn from Vermilion-Golden Horn saddle
On the slopes of Golden Horn
on the slopes of Golden Horn, Vermilion in the back
Duchess, wait for me!
Duchess, wait for me
Higher on Golden Horn
Higher up on Golden Horn
Between the summits
Final scramble
Golden Horn summit
Climber on the summit
Chimney
Chimney leading to the eastern=lower summit
Grenadiers
Grenadiers as seen from Golden Horn
Pilot Knob
Pilot Knob as seen from the top
Climber on top of Golden Horn
Climber on Golden Horn
True summit
Duchess on summit of Golden Horn
Climber on eastern summit
Climber on eastern=lower summit
Vermilion and Fuller Peak
Vermilion and Fuller Peak from top of Golden Horn
Climber descending Golden Horn
Climber descending Golden Horn
Ledges below Golden Horn
Ledges below Golden Horn
Descending Golden Horn
and me on the descent with Vermilion in the back
Clouds over Fuller Peak
Clouds over Fuller Peak
Vermilion Peak
Vermilion Peak
Fuller Peak
Fuller Peak

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MarkDidierTimely Post!

MarkDidier

Voted 10/10

I'm heading to Ice Lake Basin next weekend, so your submittal is quite timely! We plan on camping at Lower Ice Lake Basin for 2 nights.

You have a lot of great pics in here. Now I just have to decide what peaks to hit!

Thanks for posting,
Mark
Posted Aug 28, 2011 9:32 pm

Liba KopeckovaRe: Timely Post!

Liba Kopeckova

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Hi Mark, I hope that you will have a nice stay over there. Those 3 peaks I did are really easy, Pilot Knob looks a little more challenging (on my to do list), and I think Ulysses Grant is relatively easy as well. Good luck!
P.S. There are amazing spots at all those lakes, even the higher ones above Ice Lake. There is an old metal structure near Fuller Lake, which can provide some shelter.
Posted Aug 28, 2011 10:56 pm

ojoFantastic..

Voted 10/10

..photos. Looks a super place. jane
Posted Aug 29, 2011 6:58 am

Liba KopeckovaRe: Fantastic..

Liba Kopeckova

Hasn't voted

Thanks Jane. You are posting some great photos as well...
Posted Aug 29, 2011 9:17 am

jaxcharlieGreat pics

jaxcharlie

Voted 10/10

The dog really adds a special touch as well!
Posted Aug 29, 2011 2:18 pm

Liba KopeckovaRe: Great pics

Liba Kopeckova

Hasn't voted

Thanks, Duchess is special. She is 12 now, and she did 43? fourteeners, probably more. Sneffels she did 5x. She loves the mountains. Thanks for visiting.
Posted Aug 29, 2011 8:22 pm

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