|Gilpin Lake in the heart of the Mt Zirkel Wilderness|
Things that are awesome: loop hikes, jagged mountain peaks, stream crossings, high alpine lakes, summer snow.
The "Zirkel Circle" loop has all of those things and more. Just North of Steamboat Springs, the hike links up Gilpin Creek and Gold Creek with a stop at (stunning) Gilpin Lake in the middle. It's a fairly easy day hike at 10-11 miles with just a tad over 2000 feet of elevation gain. We really enjoyed spending the day in the Mt Zirkel Wilderness and came away from this one feeling like we picked one of the best hikes in the Steamboat Springs area.
Trail map, directions, and other information.