Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The problem was that I did not have a map showing me exactly where that connection would be made. Overall I really loved this piece of the adventure. Having frigid clear water and a low rock ledge serving as a convenient swimming platform, I rated this one a five-star I liked It is said to have a nice view of Lake Coeur d'Alene as well as Spokane. Actually, I offered prayers that we needed it to stop snowing, and thank God it did. Mica Lake Another view of the reflections in Mica lake. It was time to venture into the Flattops Wilderness with an overnight that would help to prepare Bob for a multi-day outing. Meet Mica cabin, our most remote "Cabinscape" to date. Multiple authors contributed to this report, all the way to nearby Liberty Lake; a rugged 12+ mile one-way hike, Mica Peak Traverse: Completing A New Trail Near Spokane. Brook finally came into the tent around 9 pm and sleep happened. It was time to say goodbye to my old backpacking buddy. Turns out she went over to Bob’s tend and scared him a bit since he could not figure out what animal was prancing around his tent. This page contains a trip report and pictures for a hike to the top of Mica Peak in Northern Idaho. Mica Lake - 11.50 Miles - From Vista Creek Camp To Fire Creek Camp - Start 123.3Stop 134.8Miles 165.4Up 4016Dn 4617 Tough day, Constant climb and descending. Mica Basin Trail #1162 Routt National Forest Available for hiking and horseback riding, the 2.5 mile Mica Basin Trail leaves Gilpin Lake Trail #1161 and ascends steeply for the first 1.5 miles from the Gilpin Creek canyon into the Mica Basin. Asking around town we decided to backpack to Goodwin Lake and Jackson Ridge. We chose the trail to Hooper Lake from Stillwater Reservoir that would take us up over a saddle for a spectacular view back over Stillwater. At that time there was about 6 inches and it was snowing hard. It's also possible to hike from here all the way to nearby Liberty Lake; a rugged 12+ mile one-way hike. The road is bordered by private property, so stay on the road. Primary access to the trail network is via the Belmont Road trailhead to the West of Mica Peak. I did get lucky waking up in time to capture the sunrise. The visit to Jackson, WY, was a great way to start the backpacking portion of our adventure. As we progressed into the forest and dropped elevation the snow was lighter, but more stream crossing were ahead. Go Hiking Hiking Guide Mica Lake to Box Mountain Lake Unpublished Hike This hike hasn't been reviewed yet. Note: Mica Peak was acquired in 2013 through Spokane County's Conservation Futures Program. Here I’m having a mid-morning swim in Mica Lake. This type of accident is typically reserved for evening travel, but this was middle of the afternoon, traffic was heavy. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. When here, look for sub-alpine low brush to fragrant Ponderosa pine forest. All I could think of was how the snow/moisture might affect some difficult stream crossings that we would have to make the next day. Among other projects here, WTA volunteers helped complete the California Creek trail, the connecting segment that made the traverse to Liberty Lake possible. Liberty Lake is also the trailhead for another hike up Mica Peak: I spent about 45 minutes taking in the views and eating a few snacks before deciding to head back down the trail: I made very quick time down the very steep portion of the hike below the road: Oh, but Steamboat has changed. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Turn south onto Pines Road and follow it for 8.5 miles. The plan was to do the Gilpin Lake Loop camping at Gilpin the first night and then on to the Gold Creek meadow to camp for the next 2 nights while summiting Zirkel with a day hike. This was also an opportunity for Brook to prove her flexibility in that she had to stay tied to a rail outside the lodge while we were eating and she did great. Maybe all of that activity was the reason while that deer darted out from the bushes next to the highway and slammed into my car. Hike by WTA Community: Brook enjoyed managing her herd. But that is her choice and she seemed to be OK with sleeping outside during the storm. Then the clouds started to form causing us to consider the possibility of some snow. She struggle a bit with the need to protect me from all the nearby sounds but she quickly adapted to the situations. So I took the hit which damaged the entire passenger side of my car. I really sensed that we both had plenty of space in this wilderness and we would not be seeing each other any more. Overall the aspen color change was disappointing but there was enough color mixed in with the evergreens to present some of the most beautiful scenery of the adventure. Once in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness , there are a number of camping options along the loop as long as you observe Wilderness regulations. Bob was joining me from sea level so we needed to work on acclimating him to altitude. She is not afraid of a storm but she does not want to be in the tent during a storm. Mica Peak is at the southern end of the Southwest Selkirk Range. Then we had to summit the iconic Rabbit Ears which recently lost part of an ear. Heading off on a month-long journey with my dog required some planning but for the most part we just adapted to the situation. We camped in a NFS campground with plans to find a representative backpacking overnight to experience the local wilderness. Jeff provided that shuttle and hiked with me up to Gold Creek Lake. The very first crossing was right by our campsite and thankfully there had not been snow melt to raise the stream. We knew that a front was coming in but it was only supposed to produce wind on the second day. Hooper Lake was spectacular sitting under a surrounding fortress wall. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The hike to Chasm Lake is challenging but it rewards you for your effort. However, the Goodwin Lake terrain was exceptional. Brook was definitely excited by finding the snow. Woke up a little after 10 pm realizing that we had a problem with snow. The terrain of the Wyoming Trail that I was on was much like a mesa and was obviously used for open range grazing. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. There was some smoke in the Tetons, however, it was acceptable. I was banging the snow off the tent which scared Brook and she went out on her own. The Zirkel Wilderness which is northwest of Steamboat provided my entry into backpacking and fishing. Overall the hike was tough and rewarding, as in the option to have a Burger with Beer at the lodge. And it was awesome. We did end up with a great campsite though. This video gives you an idea of the solitude. Now back to Steamboat to recuperate and prepare for the hike I had anticipated the most, the Devil’s Causeway. I left the area 30 years ago and it was obvious that Steamboat was growing, but I would not have predicted how this invasive development would creep into the wilderness. To much and to heavy, the tent was collapsing under the weight. Zirkel. At Mica Lake, the point to the northwest is Little Agnes Mountain; north-northeast is part of the Sawtooth Range; northeast are the dual summits of Big Agnes Mountain; and the prominent point east is Point 11777. 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