Recommended Hike: Ice Lake, Silverton, Colorado
Yesterday I had an amazing experience hiking in the mountains of Silverton, CO.
It was early morning, and the trail was still damp from the night before. The temperature was hovering around 50 degrees when we set off at 8:00 AM. The quiet that I experienced was miraculous – no sound other than birds feeding, trees moving, and the squish of your hiking boot on the earth! Truly heaven to me.
Since I was expecting a fairly lengthy hike, with a good grade, I set my boots up with eNZees™ for my heels and that pesky little toe on my right foot that seems to always want to eat my sock and create a blister. Thankfully, I really don’t seem to have that problem now that I regularly use my eNZees™.
We started our climb started at around 9,200 feet elevation, and ended up around 12,300 feet before stopping. Challenging, but also exhilarating.
After about 3 hours of fairly steep climbing, my dear friend and I arrived at a magnificent glacial lake. Up at this spot, the temperatures were probably no more than 38 degrees, and after about 30 minutes the afternoon rain clouds began to move in.
We quickly “geared up”, finished our lunch and started our descent. The light and rain illuminated the fields of wildflowers to what appeared to be a show of the most magnificent array of colors that literally brought tears to my eyes.
When my friend and I got back to our car and started taking off our wet gear, we both shared how we felt overwhelmed with how glorious the day was.
Once I removed my boots, then socks and slipped on my scandals I was reminded how wonderful I felt and we left the trail head feeling satisfied and already planning the next hike.
Ice Lake, Silverton, CO