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Saint Mary's Glacier (approach)



1.3 mile 2.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 985' 300 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 11,375' 3,467 m
Low: 10,390' 3,167 m


Avg Slope: 14% (8°)
Max Slope: 41% (22°)
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The approach to ski the glacier

Eric Internicola
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry


The Saint Mary's Glacier Trailhead is a short walk from the parking (parking is just north and just south of the trailhead along the road). Parking is $5 per day. The approach is a very well traveled, yet rocky approach. You can expect to see lots of people from the front range (during the spring / summer / fall). Most are just hiking, not actually skiing the glacier.

During most of the year, you can expect to be carrying your equipment until you get to the base of the glacier (which is above and to lookers right of the lake). There are some chutes you can ski (above the lake), but these can be quite dangerous (avalanche, rockfall, inability to stop) at times.

The glacier is approximately 3/4 of a mile from the trailhead. From the parking lot to the top of the glacier is just under a 1000 foot ascent. This is a great place to get in shape and practice for bigger ascents.

Note: Storms do roll in pretty quickly, so be prepared for weather (don't let the droves of unprepared city slickers hiking up in shorts and a t-shirt while a thunderstorm is rolling in fool you).

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shitty snow but sometimes you have to ski in august 1mi
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Sunny day, no wind

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St. Marys
May 1, 2018 near Central…, CO
Near the base of Saint Mary's Glacier (looking back at the lake).  Photo position is lookers right, above the lake.
Mar 14, 2015 near Central…, CO
Saint Mary's Glacier (Beta Photo).  When there's lots of snow, you can even ski lookers-left of the glacier.  (Note: The glacier is off to the right, beyond this photo.
Mar 14, 2015 near Central…, CO
Saint Mary's Glacier Trailhead.  This is what much of the approach is like, dirt and rocks.  Wear good hiking shoes!
Mar 14, 2015 near Central…, CO
My mom, hiking up the glacier, carrying her skis in an A-Frame.
Mar 12, 2015 near Central…, CO
My mom, skiing the glacier.
Mar 12, 2015 near Winter…, CO


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