St Mary's Glacier, Idaho Springs

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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  • This is a really cool thing to see that we had not done previously in 16 years of living here. There is parking and then a little walk up through a gravely/rocky hike. The turnoff for the glacier is n...  more »
  • This spot was amazing. So beautiful yet completely tucked away. I couldn't believe this area existed so close to the roads. It took us about 20 minutes to get up to the glacier lake, going slowly. Onc...  more »
  • Left hiking poles in the parking lot if found please call 3) 901- 7580 THANKS! Short hike to the lake or longer if you like to the top of the glacier!  more »
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  • Awesome stop on your way to Steamboat. Worth the hour detour. About 10 min off the highway and a 40 min round trip hike. Longer if you hike past the lake and up to the glacier (add 20 min). Bring $5 for parking. This is a moderate hike. Easy trail but steep. Bring water and sunscreen as this is 10,000ft.
  • First time in Colorado and this was our first trail! It was fairly easy for some one as inexperienced as me. For a native born Texan, seeing snow and a frozen lake was super exciting and I loved every moment out there! Definitely wanna come back and see it in the summer!
  • Expect a rocky hike up to the glacier, but when you get there it is breathtaking. The glacier itself doesn't seem very large (at least from what we could see from the immediate area), but the views of the mountains behind are stunning. Looks like the trail continues past the glacier as well. There is a $5 drop box for parking, so bring exact change. There is an outhouse in the parking area for public use. Great hike/experience if you are visiting Denver and don't have enough time to make it out to rocky mountain national park.
  • The glacier was WAY smaller than I'd expected, but it was a sight to see nonetheless. The hike up is moderate, mostly uphill, but easy to make it there and back in about an hour and some change (plus time for photos).
  • Very awesome spot to hike to. Worth the trip if you are traveling along I-70 and want a little detour.

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