Mica Basin Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clark, CO that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until September.
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.
Strenuous but beautiful wild flowers
Such a great hike! Challenging, yet beautiful. The lake in the basin is a perfect spot to camp or spend an afternoon. There is a river after the halfway point that is too deep to not soak your shoes, so I found a beaver dam about 30 ft away and scooted across that. Not sure if it will be lower later into the summer.