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“Went birding in Mt. Zirkel”

Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area
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Owner description: Remote, scenic area near the northern Colorado border popular for fishing, hiking and whitewater rafting.
Reviewed August 22, 2018

We drove north from Steamboat past Clark and turned right at Glen Eden to head to Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Beautiful drive, most paved. We seemed to have the road to ourselves the whole way. Surprised to find the trailhead at end of road packed with cars. Birds filled the air with song, but we could not see them. Some birders we turned out to be! Maybe we need to come after the leaves fall. But their sounds were beautiful.

1  Thank Evrydayman2
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

The last hike I did here was awful! Toilet paper, dog poop, and bar wrappers lined the trails. Dogs were running all over the place. Hiking was more like standing in line at some places. (It is beginning to remind me of the Hanging Lakes situation.) Tents were by the lakes and dotted close to the trails. People do not understand or do not care about the rules that make this place so amazing. What folks may not understand is the amount of wildlife out here. The bear, moose, mountain lions and other critters make these types of irresponsible behavior dangerous for others. We returned to the trail head after our hike and people were parked everywhere. We were worried that we would be blocked in by some of the cars. Luckily, our car is small. Others were not so luck and were really angry. I wish I could say that this was just tourist, but as the population of the town changes, it's "locals" as well. The sense of entitlement and lack of responsibility is mind-blowing. Really - who is going to pick up your bag of trash in the middle of the forest? I'll tell you who - the bear. Now the bear is going to start trashing the camp sites of others to find food and harassing hikers. Those who allow their dogs off leash - know that moose often use this trail system. Your dog irritates the moose. The next guy who comes around the corner with his kids gets charged or stomped. This is a dangerous situation being created due to arrogance. I will just stay off these trails. There are plenty more out here.

Thank seetheworld02
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

I hiked the Gilpin Lake Loop Hike/Zirkel Circle trail with friends and it was a beautiful hike. There were meadows with wildflowers, multiple stream crossings, and two alpine lakes. I highly recommend hiking the loop counter-clockwsie as you'll get to enjoy the view of Gilpin Lake longer.

Thank Elizabeth A
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Reviewed July 11, 2018

Tried to hike today but had to turn back due to weather. Was disappointed in lack of maps in the area. No previous information on the fact the roads were dirt and rugged.

2  Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed May 17, 2018

We had a beautiful dry hike on our particular day, we really enjoyed it. It’s worth the workout to take in the beauty. It’s a great trail with some rocks and a few steep inclines, but nothing alarming.

1  Thank Joann K
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