If you've ever wanted to feel like you had your own private island, this gorgeous lake is the answer to your wishes. Island Lake in Colorado is a secret gem with a small little island tucked into the middle of the turquoise waters. During your visit, you can pretend like it's yours while you enjoy the tranquility of the remote area.
Located near Silverton, Colorado, in the San Juan Mountains, this lake and the hike to get there is an adventure in itself, but worth every minute.
The free trail is about a nine-mile roundtrip venture through all different kinds of gorgeous terrains, including alpine meadows and waterfalls.
When you reach the lake, the azure waters are so blue you'll forget that you're in the middle of a mountain range.
You can see the island in the middle, which looks like something straight out of The Goonies.
It will feel like you should be following a treasure map instead of a hiking trail to find this gorgeous hidden alpine lake.
Some of the best times to visit are July to September, with the summer months bearing the most vibrant blooms.
If you choose to go in autumn, the reds, oranges, and yellows of the countryside will carry you to a fall-themed wonderland.
We recommend bringing a thermos of pumpkin spice to complete the experience.
This stunning hidden lake in the mountains is a dreamy paradise of aquamarine waters and a private island that reaches up from the crystalline depths.
If you didn't know any better, you would think it came straight out of Treasure Island, complete with a sunken pirate ship.
Island Lake via Ice Lake Trail
Length: Approx. 9-miles roundtrip
Location: Take U.S. Forest Service Road 585 until you reach South Mineral Campground to the trailhead.
Why You Need To Go: A hidden lake has a tiny private island sitting in the middle of its turquoise waters... it's the perfect escape from reality.
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