Explore the most popular Camping 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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6 months ago

Since I wasn't with Alex when his parking was "blocked" by the land owner, I don't want to make assumptions as to what happened... however please know that whatever these home owners due to discourage or intimidate (signage, etc), THEY HAVE NO JURISDICTION OVER THE ROAD access to the trail head. Keep the 5 MPH requested speed limit out of respect for not dusting their houses and leave no trace. GREAT HIKE (not "difficult").

hiking
8 months ago

Parking was blocked by the nearby land owner. No way to hike unless you are being dropped off or risk getting towed. Shame.

love this place

backpacking
Sun Aug 12 2018

This is a fantastic trail. The description on the website is incomplete though - the trail goes past Rainbow Lake, past lower and upper slide lakes (6 and 7 miles), and on to Roxy Ann Lake (10 miles). There are several moderately steep segments, especially at the end as you drop down to Roxy Ann lake. Elk Hunters favor Roxy Ann in the fall and will go in on horseback and stay a couple of weeks. Early September is perfect with no bugs, not many people, and hungry fish. Next time I'd like to detour and go to the top of Mt. Ethel - looks like a nice gradual incline to the top.

hiking
Wed Jul 25 2018

Awesome Hike. Rainbow lake is beautiful and suggest you bring a lunch to hang out up there for a while. One of my favorite mountain lakes. Starts off tough, but overall not too grueling of a hike. Highly recommend.

backpacking
Mon Jul 16 2018

Moderate trail for the first 2 miles, fairly easy for the last 2 miles (to the far side of the lake). Some good views and picture opportunities. Good fishing. The down side to this lake is there are a ton of mosquitos. Double up on your clothing and/or bring lots of repellent.

hiking
Sun Jun 24 2018

Splendid hike! Went beyond Rainbow Lake hoping to see Slide Lake, but didn't quite make it before the afternoon rain clouds came in and made us want to turn back. At our terminus 6.5 miles in were three waterfalls on the mountain face to the south. 13 miles in all with our add on. Good elevation gain makes this trail rate as difficult but it is easy to follow to the lake with only a couple of snowfields that were small this time of year. Trail is much more difficult after the lake with several stream crossings and many downed trees. Amazing wildflowers. Will do this hike again.

Lovely fall leaves on this trail today. The lake was beautiful, would highly recommend checking it out!

backpacking
Sun Aug 27 2017

Very enjoyable hike. I don't exactly agree with Hard rating for difficulty. Moderate would be more accurate. The three lakes at the top were gorgeous and the water was crystal clear. Next time I'll bring my fishing pole, the trout were jumping everywhere!

Was pretty muddy but fun for the sunset!

In my Ford F150 4x4 I drove past the snowmobile drop off area, and that's where things went bad. When it says 'the trail is only accessible from', pay attention. As I drove up a long, curvy section of the service road my four wheel drive lost traction and I bottomed out. After digging out my tires and making tracks to allow my wheels the chance to gather momentum I drove in reverse all the way back to the snowmobile parking lot. I guess I'll have to wait till June to tackle this trail. Along the way I saw multiple elk herds and mule deer a plenty.

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