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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 18 September 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!

Thank steamboatskigal
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Reviewed 20 August 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 not often, and everyone we met was friendly.

3  Thank KNDeVries
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Reviewed 11 July 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 the higher we got. The lake is beautiful. We then contained to the south, up over a pass at 10,800 feet to drop down into the Gold Creek drainage. We followed the trail back west, past Gold Creek Lake to our car. There are no bridges on Gold Creek and you have to cross a few times. Most of the time there are logs or rocks that enable you to keep your feet dry. At one point we ended up wading across because the water was up a bit from recent rains and the easy stuff was covered. I suspect later in the year more rocks are exposed for easy crossing.
Interestingly, the published distances for this loop vary widely. Most of the books and websites say it is 11 miles. The Sky Terrain map says it is less than 10 miles. My GPS unit said we clocked 11.5 miles and the elevation gain was around 2,400 feet. All in all, it is a pretty easy hike with lots to look at.

8  Thank fiddlebike
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Reviewed 16 April 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.

7  Thank Geary B
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

A great natural landscape for hiking. Gold and Gilpin lakes on the west side of the Zirkels are favorites, so they get busy in the summer. If you want seclusion, enter from Big Creek Lakes north of Walden or take a hike to Lake Katherine East of Walden.

4  Thank hikerwpet
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