The trek up to Ice Lake Basin is short, steep, but not technical. While there is little reprieve from the steady uphill nature of this hike, both the journey and destination make every step worthwhile. You’ll pass through aspen, conifers, and into two distinct basins above the treeline. Wildflowers are typical late July into August.
- Out & Back
Most passenger vehicles can make it to the trailhead without issue, provided you drive slowly and carefully.
Emerging from conifers, you’ll enter the first and only flat stretch of the route until you reach the top. The views only get better from this point and wildflowers often drape the basin in late summer.
At the center of the basin is Ice Lake, often described as a stunning cobalt blue.
This lake basin is surrounded by several peaks as well as containing both Island and Fuller Lakes. These lakes have less defined paths to them but are worth a visit, if you’re feeling ambitious.