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Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

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Amazing Hike!

Awesome hike. It does take the full 6 hours and we barely stopped for long... except for amazing... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2015
A great hike with lots to see and enjoy. #1150

Great area to hike! But the last five miles or so of the drive will rattle you in your car. New... read more

Reviewed August 29, 2015
Jeff G
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“creek lake”(9 reviews)
“amazing hike”(3 reviews)
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Remote, scenic area near the northern Colorado border popular for fishing, hiking and whitewater rafting.
Steamboat Springs, CO
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Reviewed September 1, 2015

Awesome hike. It does take the full 6 hours and we barely stopped for long... except for amazing pictures along the way! We went counterclockwise and found this to be worth the view coming from high above gilpin lake. Bring layers and ready to cross...More

3  Thank Rugger1981
Reviewed August 29, 2015

Great area to hike! But the last five miles or so of the drive will rattle you in your car. New to the area I'd never known about this place had I not stopped in to the outdoor hiking information place next to the Steamboat...More

4  Thank Jeff G
Reviewed August 27, 2015

We hiked the GoldCreek Lake trail up and back with our 11 & 14 year olds. Challenging on the way up, but easy down. If I were to do it again I think we would plan for the full loop, only 3 miles longer than...More

Thank MLMBoston
Reviewed August 19, 2015

Absolutely gorgeous hike on the Gilpin Trail! mount Zirkel has a multitude of hiking trails to choose from. We opted to hike to Gilpin Lake after reading it is one of the top 15 most beautiful places in CO. The hike was appx 10 miles...More

1  Thank CindyMcCarty
Reviewed July 26, 2015

The Zirkel area is a Rocky Mountain treasure. Gold Lake is beautiful, and the trail along Gold Creek to the lake is very scenic and peaceful. Stream crossings can be tricky. The Mica Trail is also very beautiful and unique, although steep. The waterfall cutting...More

1  Thank Anita M
Reviewed July 8, 2015

This area just north of Steamboat Springs offers great hiking, camping, and fishing. It includes the Wyoming Trail that follows the Continental Divide. Very pristine!

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Reviewed June 29, 2015

I won't lie; this trial is very hard to find. The map and directions they gave us at the Steamboat visitors center was barely helpful but we eventually figured it out and it was totally worth it! You have to drive for quite awhile on...More

4  Thank maxsmomMilwaukee_WI
Reviewed June 26, 2015

What a spectacular hiking trail to a natural mountain lake . Approximately 6.5 miles round trip moderate hike

3  Thank sunsetgirl4
Reviewed December 18, 2014

Truly one of the coolest spots in Colorado, great views along the whole hike. Went and did I bike ride there later in summer of of my top rides of all time

3  Thank Josh G
Reviewed November 30, 2014

The Mount Zirkel Wilderness Areas is one of those places that leave you feeling like your life will never be the same. The mountains are stunning, the lakes are unsurpassed, the trails are well maintained. If you love mountains, you will love Zirkel. Absolutely magical....More

10  Thank ExploreTheBigIsland
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August 4, 2018|
Response from Joann K | Reviewed this property |
No, this can only be hiked, with that being said, one side is shorter than the other. It’s a little challenging with the elevation and different terrain, but you still may be able to make it from the lot up.
Kyle L
March 6, 2018|
Response from PrincessOfYahweh | Reviewed this property |
You can camp where you like. Just be sure to know the rules of a wilderness area, such as making camp off the trail and at least 100 ft from water sources. It's beautiful there! Have fun!
Susan A
January 2, 2017|
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Response from Gobeach56 | Reviewed this property |
It's pretty rugged and rustic so I'm thinking that it's not.