Ice Lake Basin

Ice Lake Basin

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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 BasinLower Ice Lake Basin
Trail in the Lower Ice lake BasinTrail in the Lower Ice Lake basin
Waterfall in the Lower Ice Lake BasinWaterfall in the Lower Ice Lake Basin
Camping near Ice LakeCampsite near Ice Lake
Ice LakeIce Lake
Ulysses S. Grant PeakUlysses S. Grant Peak and Ice Lake

Fuller Peak 13,761 ft = 4194 m

Fuller PeakFuller Peak with an old miner's hut
Fuller Peak and LakeFuller lake with Fuller peak in the background
Fuller Peak, Vermilion and Golden HornFuller, Vermilion and Golden Horn as seen from Ice lake
Fuller Peak and LakeRest by Fuller Lake
Climber approaching the saddleClimber approaching the Vermilion-Fuller saddle
The saddle between Fuller Peak and VermilionVermilion-Fuller saddle
Duchess in the saddleDuchess in the saddle
Trail to Fuller PeakTrail to Fuller Peak
Fuller PeakFuller Peak from the saddle
Duchess along the ridge Duchess hiking along the ridge
Last steps towards the summitalmost at the top
View WestView west from Fuller Peak
View NorthView North from Fuller Peak
Looking into Yankee Boy BasinLooking into Yankee Boy Basin

Vermilion Peak 13,894 ft = 4235 m

Vermilion PeakVermilion Peak as seen from the top of Fuller peak
Vermillion PeakVermilion from Fuller-Vermilion saddle
Trail on VermilionClimber on Vermilion
Duchess did so great!Duchess did so great
Higher up on VermilionHigher up on Vermilion
Near the summitNear the summit
Summit of Vermilion PeakSummit of Vermilion
Wilson massifWilson Massif as seen from the top of Vermilion
Summit log on VermilionSummit log on Vermilion
Summit of VermilionSummit pose
Golden Horn Golden Horn from Vermilion
Descent from Vermilion PeakDescent from Vermilion

Golden Horn 13,780 ft = 4200 m

Golden HornGolden Horn looks intimidating, but is not
Golden HornGolden Horn and its reflection
Wildflower gardenWildflower garden
Golden HornIt indeed looks like a horn
Fat marmotFat marmot
Golden Horn Golden Horn from Vermilion-Golden Horn saddle
On the slopes of Golden Hornon the slopes of Golden Horn, Vermilion in the back
Duchess, wait for me!Duchess, wait for me
Higher on Golden HornHigher up on Golden Horn
Between the summitsFinal scramble
Golden Horn summitClimber on the summit
Chimney Chimney leading to the eastern=lower summit
GrenadiersGrenadiers as seen from Golden Horn
Pilot KnobPilot Knob as seen from the top
Climber on top of Golden HornClimber on Golden Horn
True summitDuchess on summit of Golden Horn
Climber on eastern summitClimber on eastern=lower summit
Vermilion and Fuller PeakVermilion and Fuller Peak from top of Golden Horn
Climber descending Golden HornClimber descending Golden Horn
Ledges below Golden HornLedges below Golden Horn
Descending Golden Hornand me on the descent with Vermilion in the back
Clouds over Fuller PeakClouds over Fuller Peak
Vermilion PeakVermilion Peak
Fuller Peak Fuller Peak

Pilot Knob 13,738 ft = 4187 m

Pilot Knob
Pilot Knob

Pilot Knob
Pilot Knob

Pilot Knob and its reflection
Pilot Knob and its reflection

Morning moon over Pilot Knob
Morning moon over Pilot Knob

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A nice photo trip report


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MarkDidier - Aug 28, 2011 9:32 pm - Voted 10/10

Timely Post!

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,

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 28, 2011 10:56 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Timely Post!

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.

ojo - Aug 29, 2011 6:58 am - Voted 10/10

Fantastic.. Looks a super place. jane

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 29, 2011 9:17 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Fantastic..

Thanks Jane. You are posting some great photos as well...


jaxcharlie - Aug 29, 2011 2:18 pm - Voted 10/10

Great pics

The dog really adds a special touch as well!

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 29, 2011 8:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great pics

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.

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