In Focus: Ice Lake Basin

October 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

In Focus: Ice Lake Basin

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Located just outside of Silverton, Colorado at over 12,000 feet this iconic lake sees it's fair share of visitors.  Renowned for water color not seen in too many alpine environments this entire valley was formed eons ago as a 1K foot thick glacier fell backwards down the valley under it's own weight carving out some of the most pristine wilderness in the San Juan Mountains.  This past October 8, 2017 I charged up to the lake on a stellar fall day to capture images of the water color when it's almost an Azure Blue. 

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As you roll thru the trail and up the basin you can't help but notice all the running water that is fed from the high lakes further up the basin.

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The trail runs almost 4 miles with an elevation gain of 2,500 feet.

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Several stream crossings on the way up and back. 

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The final approach is breathtaking.  You can almost vision the glacier's path as it carved out the valley below

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The reward!  Azure Blue water and an abundance of sunshine

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The crew resting and relaxing after a 3 hour hike

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Quick nap in the sun before the descent

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Marc Murphy, on holiday from Manchester, U.K. enjoying the San Juan sun

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Lora Shulz, on holiday from Squamish, B.C.,  and my wife Annette getting ready to drop out of the basin for the descent down.

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The terrain change is amazing and should be cherished.  Melt ponds abound.

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