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    Piedra Ice Fissures Trail

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    4.5 km
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    161 m
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    The Piedra Ice Fissures Trail is an amazing hiking route in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado that will expose you to a series of interesting geological features in the area. While out hiking the trail, you will climb uphill through the forest to visit a series of naturally occurring chasms carved into the sandstone landscape. This is an excellent family-friendly adventure to take in the natural beauty and diversity of the Colorado landscape.

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    Route Description for Piedra Ice Fissures Trail

    Whether the aim of your hike is to get a good spot of exercise or to investigate some fascinating geological features, the Piedra Ice Fissures Trail is a spectacular adventure that isn’t too difficult, but will surely provide a few hours of outdoor fun.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way to the southwest and almost immediately begin climbing uphill. After working your way through the forest landscape, you will arrive at the top of a rocky and rugged ridgeline.

    Here, you will continue along the ridgeline to the southwest while exploring a series of massive fissures that dissect the sandstone terrain and hold snow well into the summer months. After reaching the end of the ridge, simply turn back along the trail to once again traverse the rugged terrain on the return leg back into the trailhead.

    Getting to the Piedra Ice Fissures Trail Trailhead

    The starting point for the Piedra Ice Fissures Trail can be found along Forest Service Road 631 at the Piedra River/Ice Cave Ridge Parking Lot.

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