The trail elevation is all above 9,000 feet, short, steep and uphill all the way. The first half is below timberline and passes through aspen and conifer zones. Lower Ice Lake is just below timberline at the base of a towering ridgeline. The upper half of the trail switchbacks up a cliff and then levels out when it reaches the basin. In late July and August the basin is typically covered with wildflowers. Beattie Peak, Fuller Peak, Vermillion Peak, Golden Horn, Pilot Knob and Grant Peak can all be seen from the basin. Being above timberline, there is little natural shelter and storms can move in quickly at this altitude.
Directions from Silverton, Colorado: Follow U.S. Hwy 550 north of Silverton for approximately 2 miles and turn onto South Mineral Creek (Forest Road #585). Limited parking is available.
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .