My Southeast Ridge and Vervilion Dollar Couloir pages on SP
This was a really fun trip. I proved that you can go all the way to the San Juans, climb something and have a great time all in only a day and a half! Chris met me in Golden the night before and crashed in my apartment. I had swim practice I had to go to Saturday morning but at 10am we were off to Silverton. I had planned with my sister, who was in Grand Junction to meet us in Ouray as she was going to join just for the hike up Ice Lakes Basin. So the long drive came and went, I had done this stretch of I-70 many times now. Once in Ouray, we all met and made the beautiful drive over Red Mountain Pass. The aspen foliage was at its peak which was a huge bonus for the trip. We grabbed a quick snack in Silverton and drove up the Mineral Creek Road to the upper trailhead for Ice Lakes Basin. We still had decent daylight so we threw the packs on and began the two mile hike to Upper Ice lake. This area is really pretty. We passed the waterfall right away and met up with the main trail. which switched back and forth and we eventually made it to the lower basin where it flattened out. Just a short climb leter we made it to Upper Ice Lake where we pitched the tent and went to sleep. Unfortunately my sisters friend got a little altitude sick so the next morning the two of them started the hike down back to the car while Chris and I continued towards Fuller Lake and up to the Fuller/Vermilion saddle. The final scramble to the summit of Vermilion was quite pleasant. Looking down on the Vermilion Dollar Couloir was thrilling. We decided to also hit Fuller while we were there and descend back to the tents. On our way down we noticed the Ice Lakes were bright blue! Perhaps the bluest lakes in all of Colorado. Made for stunning photos for sure.