Panoramic view of St. Mary's Glacier hike in Denver, Colorado
Panoramic view of St. Mary's Glacier hike in Denver, Colorado

St. Mary's Glacier hike

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St. Mary's Glacier hike

Distance: 1.4mi
Elevation: 436ft
Time: 1-2h

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The hike to St. Mary’s Glacier is a great family day out! St Mary’s Glacier is a short yet beautiful hike in the Colorado Front Range featuring a beautiful lake and views of St. Mary’s Glacier.

St. Mary's Glacier hike Map

Getting there

From Denver, take I-70 west towards Idaho Springs. Take exit 238, to the right, onto Fall River Rd to the small mountain town of Alice. Follow this road until arriving at the well-marked, St. Mary’s Glacier Trailhead parking lot, with a cash only pay station.

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About

When to do

April to November

Backcountry Campsites

No camping allowed at St. Mary’s Glacier

Toilets

Yes, primitive pit toilet

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Good

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


St. Mary's Glacier
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Route Description for St. Mary's Glacier

The St Mary’s Glacier hike is a short but beautiful hike on moderate terrain through a dense pine forest. Follow along the St Mary’s Glacier Trail to Saint Mary’s Lake and the start of Silver Creek.

St Mary’s Glacier can be accessed from the south, and you can climb up the trail, to a high alpine meadow at the base of James Peak for a truly spectacular view of the Colorado Front Range.

The town of Alice is a historic mining town and St Mary’s Glacier was a small ski hill that now serves as an access point for backcountry skiing in the winter. To return, hike back the way you came.

Hiking Trail Highlights

St. Mary’s Glacier

St. Mary’s Glacier is a semi-permanent snow-mass that is located in Arapaho National Forest, in the State of Colorado, United States. Even though it’s one of the most popular destinations for hikers in Colorado, St. Mary’s Glacier is not actually a real glacier. Still, the area is very popular due to the amazing view and recreational activities of St. Mary’s Lake.

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Insider Hints

  • Bring traction, so you can venture up the snowfield of St. Mary’s Glacier

  • $5 parking fee, cash only

Comments

Ben Hanes 11 months ago

It was an exhilirating short hike. The waterfall is beautiful! Glad I had my DSLR with me. Was able to take great slow shutter shots.

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Adamcox 12 months ago

Great place for all ages.

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Stevie M 1 year ago

The water and the views are beautiful! It was a fun rocky trail.

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Jane Lewitt 1 year ago

Beautiful place. Short but intense hike that rewards you with an wonderful views. Highly recommended!

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Sammy L. 1 year ago

Attempted this trail last year. easy hike up to the lake at the halfway point

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Mary Lou 1 year ago

It look amazing! Everything was covered with snow.

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