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Ice Lakes Elopement in Silverton

Madi & Tyler knew they wanted to exchange vows at Ice Lake when they reached out to me. They’re local to New Hampshire and have completed all of the 48 4000er– big time hikers! They brought their bestie, Jazz, to partake in the fun and we truly had the best time! We started out at Ice Lake and hopped on over to Island Lake to sign their marriage license and grab some epic photos before heading back!

Closest town to trailhead: Silverton

Other nearby towns: Ouray, Durango, Ridgway

Best season: Summer/fall! I wouldn’t plan for earlier than end of June unless you’re open to snow because higher altitudes take longer to thaw out.

For reference, this elopement was mid-August–we had lots of green and wildflowers. The San Juans start to get colder at night and turn golden in the first couple of weeks of September.

Tips for hiking to Ice & Island lake for your elopement:

  • Plan for a minimum of 8 hours of coverage
  • Weekdays and early starts help limit the crowds
  • Afternoon storms are common in the summer, get an early start
  • Start hydrating days in advance
  • Pack plenty of water, electrolytes, and snacks
  • Sunscreen!!
  • Bring layers–the mountains are windy

Ice Lake Basin Elopement Photos

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