Routt County wilderness trails update |

Routt County wilderness trails update

Pics from Gilpin Lake
Mike Kennedy

Friends of Wilderness trail crews have been busy the past few weeks checking on conditions of area hiking paths and clearing fallen trees.

Here’s what they found:

Trails at lower elevations dried out early and are offering good early season hiking, but trail sections above 9,500 feet have more lingering snow than normal. The “Zirkel Circle,” for example, is impassable with a snowpack 4 to 5 feet deep that gets even deeper above Gilpin and Gold Creek lakes.

• Diamond Park Trail/1189 is clear and is a great option for early season hiking and biking.

• Gold Creek Lake Trail is mostly open to the lake but snow covered at that elevation and higher.

• Gilpin Trail is hikable one mile past the log crossing over Mica Creek.

• Mica Trail can be hiked for one mile above its junction with Gilpin Trail.

• North Lake Trail has two difficult water crossings and deep snow well before the old burn area.

• Lower Silver Creek Trail is clear of snow and fallen trees for the first 3 1/2 miles.

• Three Island Lake Trail has snow 4 to 5 feet deep above the wilderness boundary.

Contact the local U.S. Forest Service office at 970-870-2299 for up-to-date conditions and information on other forest trails.

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