Ice Lakes Basin Backpacking Trip

Dates - August 3-6, 2017

Investment - $995
Transportation Included

Availability - Limited to 4 people


This is a strenuous hike that gains 2600ft in elevation over 3.5 miles while carrying all of your backpacking gear. You must be in very good physical condition or have experience with backpacking.

Please contact David using the form below if you have any doubt about your physical abilities before signing up.

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Ice Lakes Basin is one of the most scenic areas in Colorado. Sparkling turquoise blue alpine lakes defy the imagination. These lakes are surrounded by fields of wildflowers, and 13,000 foot peaks making this truly an alpine paradise. We will spend our days exploring and photographing the wildflower covered slopes set against the alpine landscape. We will show you how to compose these massive scenes along with more intimate scenes in different lighting conditions.

Backpacking involves carrying all the necessary gear to survive in the wilderness for several days, this means all of your food, shelter, clothing, etc. This is an exciting adventure to get into true wilderness, and disconnect with the hustle bustle.

Ice Lakes Basin Sunset


Note: You must arrive on the 3rd and stay in Silverton for the night to adapt to the high elevation, Altitude sickness can be a real problem at 12,000ft, it will not only ruin your trip, but everyone else's, as the only option is to return to lower elevations. If you come from sea level and are not familiar with mountain elevations, you must arrive on the 2nd to adapt for two nights.

August 3 - We will meet in front of the Silverton Visitor Center at 6:00pm for introductions and go out for dinner in Silverton.

August 4 - Leave early to get to the trailhead in the morning to arrive at camp before any afternoon thunderstorms start. Set up camp, explore the upper basin, sunset at Ice Lake, return to camp for dinner.

August 5 - Rise early for sunrise in the upper basin, explore Island Lake, rest in the afternoon and return to the upper basin for sunset, return for dinner.

August 6 - Rise early for sunrise at Island Lake, break down camp and hit the trail to beat the thunderstorms, and return to Silverton.

Ice Lakes Basin Reflection


  • Transportation from Silverton to the Trailhead
  • Small group of 4 maximum
  • Water filter
  • Stove
  • Dehydrated meals


  • Backpack, tent, sleeping pad, clothes. I will follow up with a list of recommended gear and where to acquire it.


Summer conditions in the Colorado mountains can vary widely from fairly warm in the upper 70's to cold mornings in the 30's. Our biggest threat is afternoon thunderstorms which are typical this time of year. Weather will not cancel the trip, there will likely be days where we will wait out thunderstorms in our tents during the afternoon.


Lodging on the first night in Silverton is not included.

Ice Lakes Basin Reflection-2



You are responsible for getting to Silverton, CO, after that we will be traveling as a group in our 4x4 vehicles. You are welcome to follow along in your own vehicle if preferred.


The nearest regional airports are in Durango, CO or Montrose, CO. The nearest International airport is Denver International.


David is certified as a Wilderness First Responder to give care in emergency situations.