Colorado: St Mary’s Glacier

Cup Of Jo


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.

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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-









The mountain layers in the very back are amazing!!!








this stream was coming from the glacier


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.




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And back to the lake.

the water was so clear and beautiful


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.

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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!

xo, JJ



6 thoughts on “Colorado: St Mary’s Glacier

    1. Aww I’m glad you enjoyed it! ❤ The glacier (and entire area) really was so stunning and such a cool spot! Where are you from? Is there a lot of outdoorsy stuff to do near you? Thanks for reading 🙂 xo


  1. Firstly you can NEVER take to many pictures. Second whoa! That is literally all I can say! What a stunning place! It is official Colorado is on my bucket list. You share the most exquisite spots! It is incredible how healing nature can be! I am so happy you got to experience this gorgeous slim of heaven! ❤

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    1. Girl you took the words right out of my mouth, nature is such a great healer. I swear my mood drastically changes just being out and about all the good vibes being to fulfill me, similarly to how I’m sure you feel with the ocean ❤ But yes, at this rate I'll need you to come visit for a full month to hit up all the spots! Lolll I'm manifesting you coming out in the near future!!!


      1. oh jeeze grammar error, “…all the good vibes being THERE fulfill me” is what I meant to say LOL


  2. wow this place looks insanely beautiful!! i would definitely love to take a hike up there sometime 😀 the view is totally worth it 😀 thanks for shainrg 🙂 you took great photos 😀

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