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Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

Post by CaptCO » Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:54 pm

The closure order includes the lower Ice Lakes Trail and Lower Clear Lake Road, as well as South Mineral Road (NSFR 585) from the new gate located just past the Goldenhorn camp area to where it crosses Clear Creek past South Mineral Campground. While the South Mineral Campground is excluded from the closure order, access to the campground via South Mineral Road (NSFR 585) is strictly prohibited due to potential fire hazards.
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Re: Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

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Re: Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

Post by Bombay2Boulder » Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:23 pm

Good, that main area closure should help give the area some much needed rest and the crew to clear the trail and do maintenance. Very glad they announced it till July next year, this should help.
This article has some good aerial shots about the fire.
https://durangoherald.com/articles/3520 ... on#slide=0
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Re: Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

Post by Trotter » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:25 pm

Damn, that area was on my radar for next year. Bunch of good 13ers up there.
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Re: Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

Post by bergsteigen » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:39 pm

Trotter wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:25 pm
Damn, that area was on my radar for next year. Bunch of good 13ers up there.
And they will still be there in 2022. Or, there is another access point. Ice Lakes isn’t off limits. Just one trail approach. It might require a backpack, or just a really long day. South Lookout on the other hand... that just ain’t gonna happen for a while for me.
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Re: Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

Post by desertdog » Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:13 am

Trotter wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:25 pm
Damn, that area was on my radar for next year. Bunch of good 13ers up there.
I was fortunate to finish off the peaks in Ice Lakes this summer. It is a spectacular area for sure. Very busy this summer compared to past years so there may be some good news inside of the bad. Check approaching them from the other side...Hope Lake. I bet that will be doable.
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Re: Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

Post by Reg0928 » Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:51 am

desertdog wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:13 am
Trotter wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:25 pm
Damn, that area was on my radar for next year. Bunch of good 13ers up there.
I was fortunate to finish off the peaks in Ice Lakes this summer. It is a spectacular area for sure. Very busy this summer compared to past years so there may be some good news inside of the bad. Check approaching them from the other side...Hope Lake. I bet that will be doable.
I did a few summits from the Hope Lake side this year. You can get to most of the Ice Lake group from Hope for sure. Might make for a few long days but doable
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Re: Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

Post by CaptCO » Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:56 am

bergsteigen wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:39 pm
Trotter wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:25 pm
Damn, that area was on my radar for next year. Bunch of good 13ers up there.
And they will still be there in 2022. Or, there is another access point. Ice Lakes isn’t off limits. Just one trail approach. It might require a backpack, or just a really long day. South Lookout on the other hand... that just ain’t gonna happen for a while for me.
If I’m decent enough at BC skiing by then I’ll pay you to guide me Spring ‘22 8)
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Re: Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

Post by osprey » Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:08 am

US Grant, V2 and V4 can be done from the north. Park at the Iron Springs area on the Ophir Pass road and follow the Hardrock 100 route to the pass between US Grant and V2.
Pilot Knob, Golden Horn and Vermilion go from the Hope Lake Trail and diverting into Poverty Gulch.
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Re: Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

Post by DaveLanders » Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:26 am

South Lookout has a good route from Paradise Basin on its east side. You can contour into Paradise Basin from the switchback at 11.2k on the Ophir Pass road.
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Re: Ice Lakes Trail closed until late 2021

Post by bergsteigen » Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:45 am

DaveLanders wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:26 am
South Lookout has a good route from Paradise Basin on its east side. You can contour into Paradise Basin from the switchback at 11.2k on the Ophir Pass road.
So there is! I guess I don’t have an excuse to procrastinate this one.
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