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CO | Hike | Glacier Hike with Jaw Dropping Views

St. Mary's Glacier is a classic high alpine just moments away from Denver's city center. This hike offers a lot of reward for little work and can be a great experience for anyone! The hike from the parking lot to the lake is rather short and easy and offers gorgeous views of a glacial lake and surrounding mountain valley.
End your hiking at the lake to explore, play and maybe cliff dive! If you are craving a more strenuous adventure, continue up the glacier itself to see life past tree line.
Depending on the time of year people will even bring skis up to the top of the glacier for some challenging rides. This adventure can easily be tailored to your preferences and what you are looking for from a day hike.

Nearest City: Denver
Maximum Participants: 3
Seasonal Availability:
Dry-Season Only
Winter Only
Year-Round
Very Limited
State: Colorado
Start Time: 8am
Meet-up Location: Idaho Springs McDonalds
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Hard
Extreme
Duration:
1-2 Hours
2-4 Hours
4+ Hours
Minimum age of Participants:
No Children
0-5 Years
6-12 Years
13+ Years
About Me: I was born and raised in Denver and I grew up hiking in the surrounding mounains, I can easily say I have hiked St. Mary's over 10 times and have obtained a deep understanding of the area. I have a background in ecology and can offer information about the unique ecosystem presented at St. Mary's for those interested.
Provided Gear: I have 3 pairs of snowshoes in 3 different sizes we could try
Required Gear: Snow shoes (depending on the time of year) sturdy climbing boots, multiple layers (depending on the time of year) water bottle, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Nice-To-Have Gear: Camera, walking poles (if not used to walking over loose boulders)
Dog Friendly:
Yes
No