Routt County Highpoint Trip Report

Mount Zirkel (12,180 feet)

Date: August 16, 2006
Author: Adam Helman

This effort was part of a larger journey collecting Colorado county highpoints in August and early September 2006.

A classic hike, Mount Zirkel occupies the better part of daylight hours. Tim Worth and I used eight of them. The route is largely on-trail and is amply described in Dave Covill and John Mitchler's Colorado highpoints book.

However a correction is needed - the trailhead elevation is 8,500 feet - so making a net elevation gain of 3,700 feet. I estimate 125 feet of uphill travel on the return, so making a total elevation gain of 3,700 + 2 x 125 = 3,950 vertical feet.

Zirkel summit
View west at Mount Zirkel's summit
with Adam in front.