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Best bird watching trails in Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Colorado

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Mount Zirkel Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Rabbit Ears Peak Trail
Mount Zirkel Wilderness
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
Please note: road to trailhead may close seasonally. Please research prior to your visit.Show more
#2 - Mad Creek Trail
Mount Zirkel Wilderness
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
Note: As of September 2020, the trail is closed beyond the barn due to the fires. Check here for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbr/recarea/?recid=80838 Deep canyons, old mining cabins, aspen groves and great views! Hike starts out very steep and gains over 800 vertical feet of elevation within the first 1.5 miles. Hike in Spring, Summer and Fall for best trail conditions. After October 15th, expect to use snow shoes and/or crampons as ice and snow will be present above 8,500 feet. Avoid this trail during winter due to the extreme snowfall in Nov-Mar. Mad Creek Trail is beautiful with Aspen groves, boulders and deep canyon views in areas. If you are planning on camping, flat ground is at a premium on this trail. TRy campin at about 2 miles in at or near the old US Forest Service Cabin, or go on up to around 3.8 miles to a small meadow by the creek. Trail is shared with horses and bikes so be careful during summer when the trail is very crowded.Show more
#3 - Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Mount Zirkel Wilderness
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
Trail head is tricky to find since you have to park at the mud creek trail head and walk back toward town along the road. You just have to look for the foot path. Head south outside the main entrance and follow the road to a post marked 44320. Turn left there and follow the signs. It’s a beautiful hike and worth it to enjoy the hot springs pools. Inaccessible in the winter.Show more
#4 - Gold Creek Lake via FS 1150
Mount Zirkel Wilderness
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 25 m
#5 - Three Island Lake Trail
Mount Zirkel Wilderness
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
#6 - Spring Creek Trail
Mount Zirkel Wilderness
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 5 h 4 m
Please note: this route is closed December 1st to April 15th for Elk migration. Show more
#7 - Mica Basin Trail
Mount Zirkel Wilderness
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
#8 - Fishhook Lake, Lost Lake, and Lake Elmo Trail
Mount Zirkel Wilderness
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
The turnoff from 40 is still closed (blocked by rocks), as of 6/4/17 - Turn off at Dumont Lake instead.Show more
#9 - Burgess Creek Creekside Trail
Mount Zirkel Wilderness
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
#10 - West Summit Loop 1A
Mount Zirkel Wilderness
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
Note: Users report that the loop and this trail can be difficult to navigate. A trail with a few minor uphills. It can be very craggy on the second half, pay close attention to stay on trail. Check out the pretty views and wildflowers. On this trail there is a good mix of forest cover and wide open space.Show more
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