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The hike to Lower Lakes Basin is an easy 2.5 miles that travels ~ 1600 vertical feet. After you reach the basin, the wildflowers fill the Colorado landscape. In this case, Columbine, the state wildflower, were plentiful. <br />
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I had rolled out of bed at 3:45am to make the drive from Ouray to the Ice Lakes Trail head, which lies approximately 5 miles down a good dirt road. I was on the trail by 4:45am in order to make it to this point for sunrise. After this stop, I kept hiking up the the aquamarine lake, Island Lake, that is nestled in a cirque another 2 miles and 1000 feet up. It was well worth the effort, too. Since I left early, I had both the Lower and Upper Lake Basins to myself, only seeing other folks on my way down. And there were a lot of people hiking up.<br />
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The trek to Ice Lakes is well worth the effort anytime, but is particularly spectacular in late July and August when the Colorado wildflowers are blooming.
The hike to Lower Lakes Basin is an easy 2.5 miles that travels ~ 1600 vertical feet. After you reach the basin, the wildflowers fill the Colorado landscape. In this case, Columbine, the state wildflower, were plentiful.

I had rolled out of bed at 3:45am to make the drive from Ouray to the Ice Lakes Trail head, which lies approximately 5 miles down a good dirt road. I was on the trail by 4:45am in order to make it to this point for sunrise. After this stop, I kept hiking up...
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