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.\nLocated 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.\nYou can start from the Ice Lake Trail, where the trailhead will lead you through mountains with a 3,000-foot elevation gain, according to Outdoor Project.\nThe free trail is about a nine-mile roundtrip venture through all different kinds of gorgeous terrains, including alpine meadows and waterfalls.\nWhen you reach the lake, the azure waters are so blue you'll forget that you're in the middle of a mountain range.\nYou can see the island in the middle, which looks like something straight out of The Goonies.\nIt will feel like you should be following a treasure map instead of a hiking trail to find this gorgeous hidden alpine lake.\nSome of the best times to visit are July to September, with the summer months bearing the most vibrant blooms.\nView this post on Instagram Island Lake Columbines #colorado #visitcolorado #larsleberphotography #silverton #silvertoncolorado #sanjuanmountains #islandlake #icelake #wildflowers #alpineflowers #outtherecolorado #coloradotography #viewsfromcolorado #canonusa #nature #allbeauty_addiction #bns_earth #earthfocus #natureperfection #coloradical #coloradogram #coloradoliving #coloradolife #coloradolive #coloradolove #mountainlife #mountainview #mountainscapes #mountainphotography #columbines A post shared by Lars Leber Photography (@larsleberphotography) on Apr 7, 2020 at 2:55pm PDT\nIf you choose to go in autumn, the reds, oranges, and yellows of the countryside will carry you to a fall-themed wonderland.\nView this post on Instagram Island lake ,Colorado #coloradoislandlake #islandlake #islandlakecolorado #usaroadtrip #roadtripusa #coloradoroadtrip #Colorado photography topplaces A post shared by Peak Lin (@itsmy_angle) on Jan 3, 2020 at 12:47pm PST\nWe recommend bringing a thermos of pumpkin spice to complete the experience.\nView this post on Instagram Breathtaking hike to Island Lake! 🏔🌤🌲 A post shared by Gautham Dhaliwal (@gauthamd) on Aug 21, 2019 at 6:16am PDT\nThis stunning hidden lake in the mountains is a dreamy paradise of aquamarine waters and a private island that reaches up from the crystalline depths.\nView this post on Instagram The wild flowers are going off right now in Colorado and I could not be happier 🌻🌼 A post shared by RYAN RESATKA (@ryanresatka) on Aug 3, 2018 at 11:53am PDT\nIf you didn't know any better, you would think it came straight out of Treasure Island, complete with a sunken pirate ship.\nIsland Lake via Ice Lake Trail\nDifficulty: Difficult\nLength: Approx. 9-miles roundtrip\nLocation: Take U.S. Forest Service Road 585 until you reach South Mineral Campground to the trailhead.\nWhy 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.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a site, respect the environment.