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Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

Steamboat Springs, CO
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Fishing
Description: Remote, scenic area near the northern Colorado border popular for fishing, hiking and whitewater rafting.
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mountains_of_fun
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We did the 11.5 mile lop that included both lakes. We would highly recommend going right at the trailhead that goes toward Gold Creek Lake Trail. This will take you to Gold Lake first and then continue on to Gilpin Lake. This is the more strenuous route but it's totally worth it. This trial isn't for the extremely inexperienced but... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The Zirkle Circle was an amazing hike. The lakes are pristine and it was just the right amount of solitude. Around every corner was more breathtaking beauty. It reminded me of hikes I have done in Yosemite. Enjoy!

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Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

For a quick and easy half day hike, the Mad Creek Trail is pretty good. If you can choose to go after a decent rain, you might catch a riot of wildflowers.

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De Beque, Colorado, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I had never been up here before as we were just passing through the area but it was beautiful. Unfortunately, the trees were dying due to the beetle kill but the area itself made up for it. The rock and land formations were pretty awesome and the creeks and streams in the area was awesome. Just don't forget the mosquito... More

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St. Louis
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

Great family hike to Mad Barn and back (4 miles total). Starts above Mad Creek where you can see the creek several hundred feet down but meets up with the creek near the old barn.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I'll qualify this report by letting you know I live near Rocky Mountain National Park and the adjacent Indian Peaks Wilderness. Everything is relative to something else, especially what you're used to. I'm used to spectacular mountain hikes and scenery. So, compared to what I've done (and continue to do) in my neck of the woods, the Zirkel Circle hike... More

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We love to take the horse up here and go for a great ride with beautiful view! I also love to hike up here - all the trails are great and you can't beat the views!

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Grandville, Michigan
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

I wouldn't recommend hiking here if you have breating or cardio problems - my GPS read 8700 elev. and the trails are arduous - but if you're healthy and love nature, go here. The views and photo ops are excellent, not to mention the clean smell of pines and feeling of solitude. Sure, we met others on the trail, but... More

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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123 reviews 123 reviews
43 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

This is not exactly an area of towering peaks as most of the peaks have a rounded appearance. In addition, there are whole mountainsides of dead pines. However. around Mt. Zirkel you get rocky cliffs and some jagged ridge lines. We hiked up to Lake Gilpin which was a nice and easy jaunt along the creek with lots of wildflowers... More

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

I have hiked 200 hundred miles of trails in Mt Zirkel and I am not even close to seeing everything there is to see. The vistas are spectacular as are all the alpine lakes. Camping and backpacking heaven.

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