Y’all if you’re in the mood for some stunning views then this place is a must-see! Also I have a boatload of photos to share today, like I went wayyy overboard but everything was just so beautiful that I had to. I honestly could’ve cried at how happy I was to be submerged within such a beautiful little oasis. Every bit of stress I carried from the week prior was dismissed and instantly replaced by this soothing peaceful aurora. I’m getting all the feels just thinking about it. I truly cannot wait to go back.
St. Mary’s Glacier
Located in Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, known for the gold rush. It’s funny because we drive by Idaho Springs when we’re heading to Breckenridge and you drive by the their small football field and their home of the “gold diggers”, so clever!
Anyways, deeper into Idaho Springs is this beautiful hiking trailhead that leads you to the glacier.
Know Before You Go: The parking lot gets PACKED, it’s tight and people are trying to squeeze in anywhere they can but y’all totally worth it. Find a spot, wait for the spot, just make it happen. There is a $5 cash fee to park. And most important tip: BRING A PEN! You have to fill out your car info and then slip the $5 into the money box.
About The Trail: It’s 1.9 miles to get to the lake. It is pretty much all uphill, considered moderate because it’s very rocky but totally do-able hike. If you have ankle/knee problems be warned it’s not a smooth terrain. My recommendation would be to walk alongside the trail through the woods, it’s a lot smoother/less rocky and in the shade. And my last advice would be to just take your time, take stops, and drink water along the way.
Once you finally get to the lake, it’s THE most incredible! When we arrived people threw up hammocks, they were swimming, they were cliff jumping, hiking, snowboarding (YES! On the glacier), frolicking through the wild flowers. It was paradise. It really was.
Okay commence photo reel-
Y’all it was nuts we were standing on the glacier and where the snow ended, it literally felt like a pumping air conditioner as the ice was melting into the stream. It was the coldest spot but felt so nice in the heat.
And back to the lake.
So along the trailhead to get to the lake, there were little abandoned mining homes. Like, I mean really, can this place be any better?!?! There were quite a few decrepit worn down homes but this was my only photo.
I fell in love with this little gem of an oasis spot. Such a good find. I know I say every spot is my favorite spot but this one absolutely makes the list!