Conditions Report as of July 22, 2019
Howdy folks! Brandon here, to give you Ski Haus’ “trail of the week” update. It’s the time of year where the Zirkel Wilderness is in full swing. Other than the Zirkel Circle, which we covered previously, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about Mica Basin. So once again, my boy, Blue, and I went on a little adventure to bring you the most recent Mica Basin trail report.
How To Get There
Once you pass through Clark on Elk River (County Highway 64), you’ll turn right onto Seedhouse Rd. From there you’ll just keep it straight. You’ll transition from pavement to dirt, and you’ll eventually come to the end of the road at Slovenia Trailhead. The same trailhead as the Zirkel Circle. After a hundred yards or so, you’ll come to a fork in the trail, as well as the trail register (be sure to sign in). You’ll want to go left on the Gilpin Lake Trail. After 1.6 miles, you’ll come upon a turnoff on your left. That is the Mica Basin Trail.
Once you take that left, you’ll begin a gradual ascent around 1,000 ft. for 2.6 miles. Most of the climbing is in the first mile or so. Once you reach the basin you’ll come to your first and only creek crossing that requires you to get a little wet. It’s a very mellow current and only about a foot deep. The basin itself is just a beautiful walk in the park the rest of the way to Mica Lake.
My Experience on the Mica Basin Trail
To be honest, I was extremely surprised by how few people I saw on trail. I saw a total of 6 people on the Mica Basin Trail. At my surprise, they all just looked at the lake and turn right back around. I would highly suggest to either camp out there, or at the very least enjoy a bit of down time. Drop your pack, take a dip, explore around the lake, etc. I’m not complaining though. Blue and I had the entire Basin to ourselves! We had a swim, knocked out a few chapters of some Edward Abbey to set the tone and enjoyed lunch by the lake.
What’s For Lunch? Patagonia Provisions!
Here at Ski Haus, we recently started selling Patagonia Provisions. As Patagonia’s mission states, “We aim to make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and inspire solutions to the environmental crisis”, and nowhere is the crisis more pressing than in the food industry. So Patagonia really stepped it up in the food game and really set the bar high! I had the Wild Sockeye Salmon for lunch, and I was blown away!
“Our Wild Sockeye Salmon, fresh from the icy waters of the North Pacific, comes only from abundant, sustainable runs and is harvested in specific migration routes to avoid harming less abundant species. This careful sourcing reflects our work with salmon conservation organizations and select fishermen and processors to make positive changes within the industry.”
There is hardly any snow below 11,000 ft., plenty of water for you and your furry friends, the bugs weren’t bad and there’s only a couple of muddy sections on the trail. All in all this has been one of my favorite hikes this summer. If you’d like a visual report, please take a couple of minutes and check out my Mica Basin: Trail Report video HERE. So come on down to Ski Haus and let our sales staff hook you up for that next adventure, big or small! As always, be smart, stay safe and crush it!