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Mica Basin Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clark, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,148 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

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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.

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9 months ago

Wildflowers everywhere! Trail was muddy in very few places. Amazing hike to the lake and back!!

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9 months ago

This hike is definitely about the journey and not the destination. Fun mix of meadows, streams, switchbacks, climbs (lots of "up"), and amazing views. The lake itself is a bit sleepy, underwhelming, but still worth it. I'd rate this as a moderate+ trail - definitely not hard. My GPS tracker recorded the hike at 8.70 mi round trip from the Slavonia TH lot.

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9 months ago

Beautiful hike! Strenuous and uphill most of the way but wildflowers were well worth it as were the gorgeous views of Mica Lake at the top. Dog friendly as well which was soooo nice for our pups!

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9 months ago

Wildflowers in profusion and no significant mosquitos on a foggy/overcast morning hike to Mica Lake. The one creek crossing on Mica was only 6” deep.

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10 months ago

Ripe for the hiking as of July 21! snow is no longer a factor. Bring sandals or water shoes for the Mica Creek crossing, or just go barefoot. The creek is less than a foot at the deepest. lots of wildflowers, especially on the Gilpin portion of the trail.

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10 months ago

Completed this hike with 4 other people on 06jul2019. Please be aware that about 4 miles in there is so much snow that you are just trekking in loose snow for miles and miles. We did make it to the lake but it was frozen. You also have to cross a medium sized river that goes up to your knees/thighs depending on height. You’ll have to take off your shoes and carry them to the other side. Giving this hike 3 stars just because of all the snow...but I’m sure its gorgeous when everything is melted!

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10 months ago

I hiked this trail yesterday, 7/7/2020, with my 13 year old son. The drive out from Steamboat was gorgeous; we’d never been over this way. Getting to the trail required driving on an easy gravel/dirt road for about 7 miles. There is a small parking lot at the trailhead with toilet facility. A friendly volunteer “ranger” was at the trailhead greeting people and advising that you couldn’t get to the lake because of snow, suggested doing out and backs on the two main trails - Micah and Gilpin - to get mileage in. These two trails share only about the first 1.5 miles and then they split off. I wish we would’ve followed her direction! Instead, we saw a couple close to the first snow field on their return trip and they piffed at the idea that you couldn’t do the whole trail. They advised that the snow was tightly packed, but there’s a lot of mud. Well, they were right-as soon as you pass that first snow field, you have to take your boots off to cross a frigid river that rises roughly up to your knees/mid thigh. That part was fun. The fun lost its appeal over the next 1.5 miles of alternating snow and mud fields and water flow-mostly on a sloped hill. So what could have been a moderate/hard hike became difficult due to the fragility of footing and some losing the trail along the way given the snow coverage. Though All-Trails kept us on target. Good stuff: the scenery is breathtaking here, and the trail is nice. Beautiful wildflowers everywhere. Rushing high water. Fun in-river crossing and a few crossings of streams using downed logs. Great vistas and changing scenery. Right now you can get about 2-2.5 miles out before you hit that first snow field. And, additional 2 miles on the Gilpin trail (total = 9 mi with two out & backs) to get your mileage up without traversing snow. Would def do it again once the snow clears. You could see the wildflowers bursting in the snow fields where the snow had melted and I could tell it would be just stunning after it clears.

Wed Aug 15 2018

Awesome hike! Beautiful the whole way! Not a “difficult” hike—more like a moderate— and the uphills had some nice flattish spots thrown in to give you a break. Wished we could have stayed longer to explore. Would definitely do it again!

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Mon Jul 09 2018

Hiked July 29th 2017, lots of wildflowers in the basin. Great views nice lake at the end. Highly recommend, I would say the difficult level is bit on the high end I'd say a blue +

Thu Jun 22 2017

Did this hike on June 20. So beautiful! I would classify it as more of a moderate hike. Towards the top, there was some water and snow that required slight diversions around the path. I'm not entirely sure that we made it completely to the end of the trail, but at least most of the way. Incredible views! Lots of wildflowers, and should be even more in the coming weeks! There were some mosquitoes the weekend we were there due to all the snowmelt, but not too bad.

Mon Jul 25 2016

Strenuous but beautiful wild flowers

Tue Jul 14 2015

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.

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