fun alternative to the often crowded and way overhyped zirkel circle
Today, Kessler, Kimberly, and I hiked what is known as the Zirkel Circle. Kessler and I also took a side trip from the pass to climb the Central Peak of the Front Range.
We hiked up Gilpin Creek to beautiful Gilpin Lake. From Gilpin Lake, we hiked to Gilpin Pass where Kim waited for Kessler and I while we climbed Peak 11164/Central Peak Front Range.
We under estimated the peak. The knife edge and blocky ridge eventually became technical so we backtracked and dropped off the south side of the ridge. We followed the base of the cliffs west until we could climb up to the ridge again. We then made our way to the summit.
We found that there was only one other signature in the register in the past 15 years. After enjoying the summit views, we descended back to the pass. the climb took twice as long as we were expecting. It took us an hour round trip.
We descended into Gold Creek and then followed the Gold Creek Trail past Gold Creek Lake and the falls and back to the trailhead. We got wet at the stream crossing, but it was a great hike.