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Gilpin Trail

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Hike past Gilpin Lake to eventually reach the Gold Creek Lake Trail.


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5.7

Miles

9.1

KM

Point to Point

10,773' 3,284 m

High

8,475' 2,583 m

Low

2,298' 700 m

Up

654' 199 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Be sure to brush up on you Wilderness rules and regulations that limit group size and backcountry camping.

Description

Bridge-free high-altitude stream crossings can make this trail a challenge in spring and early summer when the snow is still melting, so it's best to take this one in the hiking season.

Starting at the Slavonia Trailhead, take the Gilpin Trail to the left at the first fork. Watch for moose in the pond on the left about 1/4 mile up the trail. Keep right when you see the trail sign for Mica Basin, which heads up a valley to the west.

After the stream crossing around 9,800 feet, the trail gets steeper as it goes up to Gilpin Lake, which may be ice-covered into the summer.

Continue past the lake, and over a pass to intersect with Gold Creek Lake Trail and finish the Zirkel Circle. If the longer route is a bit much, you can either head back the way you came or stop to spend the night, providing you have the proper permits.

Flora & Fauna

Moose, wild raspberries, columbine

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Jodi CO

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Looking down on Gilpin Lake from halfway up the pass.
Jun 26, 2018 near Walden, CO
Heading up to Gilpin Lake, late June.
Jun 26, 2018 near Walden, CO
Lower part of the falls at about 1.75 miles in.
Sep 16, 2018 near Walden, CO

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Jul 15, 2020
C Wilkes
Jun 30, 2018
David Friday
ate lunch here 3.3mi
Sep 3, 2017
Alex Altenburger
Did the loop. Stopped for lunch for an hour at the lake 11.4mi
Aug 7, 2016
JP Anderson