A Dip In The Coldest Lake In Colorado Isn’t For The Faint Of Heart

A few weeks ago, Colorado went through a strange period where it forgot what month it is and instead of being as hot and sticky as usual, temperatures were cool and rainy. Now that the Centennial State has gotten the memo about it being the dead of summer, temperatures are back to normal and Coloradans are searching for ways to cool off on the weekends. While jumping into a lake is a sure fire way of doing this, we recommend avoiding this frigidly cold basin at all costs:

Tucked away within the colorful San Juan Mountains lies the scenic Ice Lakes Trail; an incredible 8-mile hike that travels past some of the most beautiful landscapes in the state. While the trail in and of itself is unforgettable, one stop in particular is the crème de la crème of the area, which is the vibrantly blue Ice Lake. Aptly named, Ice Lake is the easily the coldest lake in Colorado, which is not surprising considering it is situated at an elevation of nearly 14,000 feet and is covered in snow nearly 8 months out of the year! All of this being said, if you are looking to make a splash this weekend, we recommend looking at essentially any other swim-friendly lake in the state.

For warmer waters to jump into, check out these 10 Colorado Beaches That Are Simply Stunning In The Fall!