ATTRACTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS:
This area was affected by a large tree blowdown. Contact the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District for current conditions.
This trail ascends steeply for the first 1.5 miles through a lodgepole pine/spruce/fir forest before entering the beautiful Mica Basin. Mica Lake at the head of the basin is surrounded by 12,059' Big Agnes Mountain, Little Agnes Mountain, and the Sawtooth Range.
NARRATIVE: This trail leaves the Gilpin Lake Trail and ascends out of Gilpin Creek canyon into Mica Basin. Upon entering the basin, the trail crosses a slow moving Mica Creek and then follows it to Mica Lake.
LEAVE NO TRACE
As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.
Directions from Steamboat Springs: Take HWY 40 west of town and turn right onto County Road 129, Elk River Road. Travel north about 18 miles to the Seedhouse Road (Forest Road 400;also County Road 64) and turn right. Continue for about 10 miles to the end, at the Slavonia trailhead parking. Begin hiking the Gilpin Lake Trail #1161. Just after entering the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, 1.5 miles, you will encounter trail #1162 on your left.
Summer through Fall
(NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.)