Mica Basin Trail

HARD 14 reviews

Mica Basin Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clark, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,142 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

views

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.

1 month ago

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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2 months ago

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 +

Thursday, June 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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Strenuous but beautiful wild flowers

Tuesday, July 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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Tuesday, February 19, 2013