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Blaine Basin Trail - Upper Segment

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The final segment of trail to wonderful Blaine Basin, a pretty cirque with many wildflowers.


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1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

11,117' 3,389 m

High

10,535' 3,211 m

Low

587' 179 m

Up

5' 2 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The upper segment of National Forest Trail 203, Blaine Basin Trail, can be accessed from several points, but the most popular route is from the same parking lot as Blue Lakes Trail. While most of the hikers will head off on Blue Lakes Trail, you'll have this trail mostly to yourself.

This part of the 203 Trail is limited to horse and foot traffic. To get to this segment, you may have to share the trail with ATVers and mountain bikers though we didn't see evidence of either on a nice July weekend. A lower segment of 203 Trail is open to ATVers but is bypassed by using the Blue Lakes Trail trailhead parking area.

The trail climbs steadily through the forest before opening up to the signed Blaine Basin. There is a water crossing to negotiate in order to get into the higher reaches of the basin, so watch your step! In addition, there is a nice spot to camp off to the left. This provides a perfect way to give yourself extra time to soak up the beauty of this pretty basin.

The basin itself will be overflowing with wildflowers in July and is surrounded by huge mountains, including the 14er Mt. Sneffels.

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Janice Shepherd

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Narrow glimpses of majestic mountains egg you on to see more.
May 29, 2015 near Ouray, CO
Blaine Basin carpeted with wildflowers and surrounded by high rocky mountains.
May 29, 2015 near Ouray, CO

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