One thing we found out real quick was that the area was pretty popular. Much more so than the northern end of the Zirkels. The biggest reason for that is because it is only about a 12 mile drive from Steamboat Springs, CO. So, lots of families coming up from the small city to go hiking and camping (also a pretty popular horseback riding area). Some of the reasons that it is so popular is due to the fact that it is on the continental divide, it's cooler than the lower elevations in the heat of the summer, and, it's "relatively" flat hiking. Sure, you go up and down a little, but it's pretty mellow. Course, the air is a little thin. The pass is at an elevation of 10,300 feet.