|Trailhead:||St. Mary’s Glacier
|Date of Info:||11/12/2010|
General Info: On I-70, take exit 238, Fall River Rd./St.Mary‘s/Alice, approx. 9 miles. The trailhead will be on your left. The only legal parking for the hike is either of the two pay lots provided, one before the trailhead on the left side and the other 300‘ past the trailhead on the left side.
Fall River road is a primary road for Clear Creek County, so it gets plowed first. I do keep the parking lots plowed out as well. I have the only facilities and legal parking for the area, 2 portable toilets, dog/human waste bags, and trash/recycle cans at both lots. I am still in the works of expanding the smaller parking lot onto my adjacent lot, which could provide up to 75+ spaces.
The forest service was sued by the Boy Scouts years ago, because of an accident on the glacier. Since then, the USFS, has not done one thing to help provide access or parking. They do not want the liability. It took a private owner, myself, to provide the facilities and parking. If and when the USFS does anything, for the glacier/James Peak, it will be a parking area down on Rainbow Rd. adjacent to the continental divide trailhead. The Clear Creek County Sheriff‘s Dept. will be issuing $62.50 tickets for anyone parked along Fall River Road that is not in the pay lots. Glacierpaul