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Really enjoyed this one. Did any easy couple miles in to the bridge just past the barn and back out again earlier this week. Incline at the beginning is totally manageable. Great views and varied landscapes.

hiking
12 days ago

This is a nice hike on soft ground. We only went 3.6 miles in for the sake of my 9 y.o. Swiss Mtn Dog, but enjoyed the forest and scenery. There are quite a few downed trees which could irritate mountain bikers, but that is better for us hikers, truthfully! The hike is in the shade most of the morning being on the north
side of the ridge which is great for dogs. However, carry enough water for both yourself and your canine friend, as water along the trail is very limited!

Absolutely my all time favorite hike. So beautiful. Stop at the clark store and get ice cream after ;) So tranquil.

Good hike

Great time, still pretty deep snow near the end.

I haven't hiked it yet. I am considering it for a wedding site in Sept. how is the hike in Sept? flowers?? aspen trees??

thank you

off road driving
6 months ago

I was originaly Struck by Lightning while in the Womb on this Volcano in 1989 in July, 22nd I think?? My father died in the Lookout tower and My uncle Aunt and pregnant mother had to come down a different route which is now private.

However I attempted this trail in Aug 17, My first time back to the valcano, however due to incoming storm I did not go all the way to the top, will attempt again next year.

However this was an amazing trip and very rouged and rough, just like a like it. over the last 15 years or so the road has degraded and is more treacherous then it used to be, so make sure you have a lift, but nothing a jeep cant handle.

I want to note that in various spots we encountered frees bear deposits, so do be warned, if you are taking this in the summer and have your doors off on you jeep, might be a good idea to have a some self defence

hiking
6 months ago

Completed this trail over Labor Day weekend. There's a dirt road up to the trailhead that gets a little rough as you climbed. We have a CRV and stopped a little short of the trailhead, although we probably could have kept pushing to the top. The trail begin as a continuation of the dirt road you drive in on. Keep an eye out for the trail that will split off to the right after about a quarter mile or so. The trail winds through open forest and proves a healthy mix of sun and shade. The final hump to the summit offers a series of more obscured trails over varying grades of rock and gravel. Enjoy the lookout station from the top. 360 views abound. Entire journey lasted about 2.5 hours.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome

hiking
7 months ago

Completed this hike over Labor Day weekend and it was hot, but lovely. The trail begins in the parking lot of marina of steamboat lake. The trail is quite easy (don't think it should be rated as moderate) although it is a longer journey. The trail doesn't provide any cover so make sure to bring sunscreen, hat, long sleeves, all the essentials for a day in the high altitude sun. The trail winds around the lake makes its way toward 129. Cows were grazing along side of the road which piqued the curiosity of our dog. While the trail follows the road for a bit, it doesn't take away from the surrounding beauty too much. You will cross another small road the goes near the visitor center which provided a nice break in some air conditioning after some time in the hot sun. A fork in the road by the cabin indicates the way. This will also lead you to Tombstone loop, a short and easy easy loop gains a small of elevation and provides some good views. The whole trip took us about 5 hours with breaks.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike. No spots of interest, creeks, or watering holes, just a beautiful forest hike. Make sure to bring plenty of water for your dogs though, I was hoping for a creek at some point but ended up giving half my water to my dogs.

hiking
8 months ago

Although the hike isn't as hard as I thought it would be, it is all up hill. An SUV or truck is recommended to drive to the trailhead.

Beautiful trail with many streams and varied terrain. One of the best in the Zirkle Wildernesses

hiking
8 months ago

Great family hike. About 2.5 miles to the bridge and creek. Took the kids and the dog. Beautiful views that are super easy to get to.

trail running
8 months ago

After about the first mile and 350' of elevation, the trail flattens out into fields and tall ferns with lots of birch trees. I was amazed at how runable this trek was. we continued on making a loop of 16 miles using Elk Park Trail (downed trees, elevation, the path lass traveled) connecting that to Bear Creek Trail, a two-track road which were runable as well then through the Strawberry Hot Springs then a quick jaunt down the paved Rd back to the Mad Creek trail head. unfortunately AllTrails does not show the Elk Park Trail here because it was an interesting loop! For runability + exploration I found this loop exciting!

Steep and rocky. Beautiful views.

beautiful hike! Beautiful view at the top!

Nice walk. kids liked the barn, playing in stream and the cows on the trail. we did not go all the way to the end. turned back a little after barn.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike, Lake is pretty! Fish were jumping the whole time!

We hiked this last weekend. The views are spectacular.

hiking
9 months ago

Wow! Trail was not too bad. Got steep about the last mile as you are nearing Gilpin Lake.

hiking
9 months ago

long but awesome. saw a grizzly so bring blow horn or pistol. bring lunch. jumped into the snow melt lake and lasted 5 seconds but refreshing.

Moderate hike with little traffic and a Great Lake payoff. The bald eagle at the top was a nice bonus. Be prepared to drive on a dirt road for a decent stretch before you arrive at the trail head.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, a little busy, but spread out. Hiked it counter-clockwise to avoid traffic. Saw a few bears, views were great.

awesome view

backpacking
9 months ago

Did my first solo backpacking trip here in late June. And went counter clockwise. I camped the first like above Gold Creek Lake in a nice meadow. I had had a late start so I took my time. There were three crossings on the way the south side of Gilpin Lake including a intimidating log crossing with all the runoff flowing fast and high beneath.

Day two I peaked the pass to Lake Gilpin. The last thousand vertical feet on both side was snow covered with no signs of a trail, but the trail map I had with topography gave me a pretty good idea where I was going. Once I peaked the view was amazing. Lake still partially frozen. The trail down was hard to see but once the snow gave way to rock underneath the lake it was back to the regular trail. One deep crossing below the lake and then a good hike back to the car.

Awesome hiking. Well marked and beautiful.

Great trail, did the whole loop. Roughly 6 miles around

backpacking
9 months ago

We did this counter clockwise as a two day. Camped at gold creek lake. Wildflowers were beatiful, fish were biting like crazy at gold creek lake, water in gilpin lake was cold but refreshing after going up over the ridge with packs on, heard report of a bear on the gilpin trail but didn't see it.

A few things to note: the forest service sign at the trail head (or at the entrance to the national forest land) will say no campfires allowed, but the wilderness area sign said they were fine. Not sure which is right. You're also not supposed to camp within a quarter mile of either lake. The best campsites I saw otherwise were in the meadow between mile 6 and 7

hiking
10 months ago

I hiked from the Slavonia trailhead to Gilpin Lake and back. It was 10.5 miles roundtrip. Took about 4.5 hours hiking plus 1.5 hour relaxing at the lake. Pretty highly trafficked. When you get to the fork just past the trailhead, go left (counterclockwise) to head towards Gilpin Lake. The first 4 miles up were easy, the last 1.25 pretty strenuous (more difficult due to altitude). Be sure to drink and bring ample water and snacks! Absolutely STUNNING hike! Crossing streams, meadows with wildflowers and aspen groves! My favorite hike all time!!

If you get the chance - swim in the lake! Such an amazing experience. Cold but so refreshing for the hike back down! This is a MUST DO in steamboat!

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