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Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

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Address: Steamboat Springs, CO
Phone Number: 9708702299

Remote, scenic area near the northern Colorado border popular for fishing,...

Remote, scenic area near the northern Colorado border popular for fishing, hiking and whitewater rafting.

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gorgeous lake and wildflowers!

We loved our 6 hr moderate loop hike on gold creek lake trail to gilpin lake yesterday. Perfect weather. Hardly any people. Serene and gorgeous surroundings and views. The purple... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved our 6 hr moderate loop hike on gold creek lake trail to gilpin lake yesterday. Perfect weather. Hardly any people. Serene and gorgeous surroundings and views. The purple, yellow, pink and white wildflowers were stunning so it seemed like spring, at the same time we enjoyed the reds and oranges of fall! We highly recommend this hike!

Thank mnatavar
Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked the Circle to Gilpin Lake, the Circle Pass and back down to the Slovonia trail head. This was a stunning hike! The uphill is challenging but the view from the Circle Pass is worth the effort. Wildflowers, giant alluvial borders and two lakes to visit. We were greeted by a curious black bear just past the trail head... More 

Thank Liz G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved hiking Zirkel Circle today! My sons, ages 14 and 11 also enjoyed the hike. We think the hike was 10-12 miles and all downhill on the return. There was mention of a "cinnamon bear" sighting along the way. Highlights were walking across a log over a stream on part of the path, many small waterfalls plus a (30ft)... More 

Thank Albatross18
St. Augustine, Florida
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The “Zirkel Circle” is easily one of our top-five hikes in the United States. If you plan to do hike the full circle, then plan for an all-day hike. Hiking guides list the full circle at anywhere between 10-12 miles. We used a tracking wearable (that has been within 1/10 of a mile accurate on previous hikes) that showed it... More 

1 Thank Gobeach56
Greeley, Colorado
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121 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister and I did this quick hike (2 miles one way) to see the famous Mad Barn. Lots of parking and bathroom at the trail head. Very healthy forest in this area but be prepared for a mostly exposed trail with patches of shade. Bring plenty of water. The day we went was very hot (upper 80s mid morning)... More 

1 Thank ireland2010Colorado
Fort Collins, Colorado
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Hiked the trail to "The Barn" with our daughter, her husband and our dogs. It is a well-travelled bike and hiking trail, but worth the crowds to get to "The Barn." It's amazing this was once a homestead/ranch. Very hardy people!!

Thank MountainWoman211
Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We started this hike on a Saturday morning before 9 am so it was not busy. By the time we got back 2 1/2 hours later the parking lot was full and we saw a lot of people starting. up the trail. The scenery is beautiful and you are way above the creek until after you go by the barn... More 

4 Thank dil345
Kennebunk, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

not buggy, rugged hiking, great views, beware of bears! real wilderness. in summer one can see lots of wildflowers.

2 Thank Geoff M
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

A great area for overnight camping; both campground or disperse. Great fishing along the Elk River; requires patience. Lots of hikes; Gold Creek, Zirkel Circle, Gilpen and Mica lakes. I wouldn't recommend any of the hikes for small children or out of shape adults. While the hikes are not easy ones, you will be rewarded with spectacular views. If you... More 

Thank lena327
Livermore, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Drive to it then hike around it. The fall is my favorite with the Aspens turning. The air is fresh and clean. Breath taking vistas.

Thank M Richard M

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