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Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

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Address: Steamboat Springs, CO
Phone Number: 9708702299
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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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Most beautiful area near Steamboat!

This is a must when in the Steamboat area. There are many hiking options and none better than the "Zirkel Circle" loop from the Slavonia trailhead to Gilpin Lake on to Gold Creek... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Arvada, Colorado
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Arvada, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must when in the Steamboat area. There are many hiking options and none better than the "Zirkel Circle" loop from the Slavonia trailhead to Gilpin Lake on to Gold Creek Lake and back. Gilpin lake is gourgeous and is surrounded by amazing peaks. This is by far my favorite hike in the area. it is not for... More 

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North Haverhill, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is my favorite hike in the Steamboat area, but acclimate yourself to the altitude before going or be prepared for a long slow hike but worth it at the end. The travels to the Wilderness area take you through Clark with radar traps for the 30mph speed zone for a heads up. You turn right just past the country... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

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 

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2 Thank Liz G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016 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 

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St. Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

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 

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Greeley, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

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 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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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!!

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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 

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Kennebunk, Maine
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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.

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