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An uphill spur along Mica Creek to Mica Lake with a number of dispersed camping spots.


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Map Key

2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Point to Point

10,446' 3,184 m

High

9,084' 2,769 m

Low

1,363' 415 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · Wildflowers

Need to Know

This is in Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Please adhere to all posted Wilderness regulations.

Description

Most hikers choose to head up this spur for its ample camping possibilities while doing the Zirkel Circle. It adds a few miles to the loop but makes for a great first night's destination with access to lots of water and a number of circling peaks to explore. With the exception of a couple dry and steeper switchbacking sections, the trail is fairly gradual but almost entirely uphill heading north.

Flora & Fauna

Toward the end of September, we encountered a black bear that was right off the trail eating berries.

Contacts

Shared By:

Zander Göpfert with improvements by Dan Sutherland Weiser

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Sep 16, 2020
Cindi Hillemeyer
Oct 12, 2019
Wayne Thornes
Frozen heading up, a bit moist coming down 9mi — 5h 00m
Aug 27, 2019
Dan Sutherland Weiser
It wasn't as Difficult as people said it was Not easy but not terrible 2.9mi
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