Blaine Basin Trail - Upper Segment
ElevationAscent: 587' 179 m
Descent: -5' -2 m
High: 11,117' 3,389 m
Low: 10,535' 3,211 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“The final segment of trail to wonderful Blaine Basin, a pretty cirque with many wildflowers.”— Janice Shepherd
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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Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Uncompahgre Field Office