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I have a rookie question about hiking to Ice Lake Basin (Silverton, CO).  All the trail maps/info I can find on the trail say that the season is July to September.  I am planning a trip to the area the last week in June.  Does this mean the trail will be closed, or is it just recommended to do this hike in July to September.  Thanks for any responses!
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Hi.  You should be able to get up there the last week in June.  The trail is always open, it is just a matter of snow.  Most of the trail is south facing so you should be all right.  You will likely hit some snow field, but should be fine.

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The Mineral Creek Snotel Comes in slightly above "normal"

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/nwcc....TERYEAR

You've chosen one of the most spectacular hikes of the American West. I'm guessing the snow will be pretty darn well tracked in a good distance. Have an awesome time.


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I really appreciate the info.  I'm looking forward to seeing Ice Lake Basin for sure.  Another question....what about water on this hike?  Can we just filter the water we come across to drink or do we need to plan to pack enough water for the entire hike?  Most of my hiking/backpacking has been in the Big Bend region of Texas so i'm alway cautious about the water situation.  Thanks!
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At that time of year there should be plenty water, but you do want to filter it.
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Avoid the crowds, start early 6:00 AM, it's a very popular trail.
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It's a great hike but bring your A game. Not a flat spot until you reach the lower basin. Many people stop at the waterfall in the lower basin and this is a huge mistake IMO. The real glory is in the upper basin around Blue Lake/Island Lake/etc. There is water on the trail but I can't remember the details of when/where so just fill up when you get the chance. Of course there are the lakes once you get to the basin. Enjoy! It is a beautiful place!
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You will surely be able to reach the lower basin.  There is a rather narrow ledge just next to the waterfall that is shaded and often snowed over in late june.
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Question:  With the recent snow in Colorado, does anyone know if Ice Lake Basin will be doable the last week of june?  Given there is no more significant snowfall betwee now and then.
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I think you should be fine.  Probably hit some patches of snow, but otherwise you should be ok.

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