Chicago Basin 14er Grand Slam
ElevationAscent: 12,167' 3,708 m
Descent: -12,167' -3,708 m
High: 13,935' 4,247 m
Low: 8,198' 2,499 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 68% (34°)
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“An epic day covering all four of Chicago Basin's challenging 14ers.”— Tyler Prince
Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
While portions of this hike can easily be explored by fit dogs, the peaks above it are generally too technical for them.
Camping high in the basin is generally frowned upon. See Twin Lakes Approach for further information; camping along the end of Chicago Basin Trail is preferred.
Need to Know
Hike up Twin Lakes Approach. From here, it's recommended you summit Sunlight and Windom first, as the rock on Sunlight is slightly more technical and prone to getting slippery. It's easier to escape from the Eolus Group should the weather change later in the day.
So, hike Sunlight and Windom. Come back down to the Twin Lakes and hike the Eolus Group. From here, all that's left is a descent back down Twin Lakes Approach.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office