Ice Lakes damaged by hikers who trashed trail, left human feces

One of Colorado’s most beautiful settings saw campfires on alpine tundra, human waste left behind ewwww…

Ice Lake, near Silverton in the heart of the San Juan Range, is one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado and a gem for hikers, but this past summer it got used and abused. (John Meyer, Denver Post file)

While reports of crowding and resource damage in Colorado’s public lands have been commonplace during the coronavirus pandemic, what unfolded over the summer in the spectacular Ice Lakes area of the San Juan Range near Silverton has to be among the most egregious.

Campfires were built on sensitive high alpine tundra, fueled by wood pilfered from historic mining structures. Human waste was left around the perimeter of Ice Lake and neighboring Island Lake. Campers unable to find legal campsites near the trailhead below set up tents on roadsides or overstayed 14-day limits on legal sites.

Then, adding insult to those injuries, in late October a wildfire burned nearly 600 acres near the Ice Lakes trailhead… More about this article in the link below…

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