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Mica Basin Trail #1162

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.9 mile 4.7 kilometer point to point
76% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,363' 415 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 10,446' 3,184 m
Low: 9,084' 2,769 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Map Key

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

Zander Göpfert

Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · Wildflowers

Need to Know

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

Runner Notes

A solid and sustained uphill with lots of water to filter.

Description

Most runners 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.

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