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blueBlack Indian Basin Trail


5.6 mile 9.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,941' 592 m
Descent: -346' -105 m
High: 12,140' 3,700 m
Low: 10,363' 3,159 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)


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A scenic trail past lakes and meadows to a pass on the crest of the Wind River Range.

Sarah Baker

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall


The trail starts at the junction a junction of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT). The trail to Indian Pass heads northeast from this junction towards Island Lake. The trail passes rolling terrain around meadows and small ponds. The views of the core Wind River peaks start to open up.

After a couple miles, the trail descends into Island Lakes. There is a nice viewpoint part of the way down to Island lake which presents a nice place to stop and take in the great views of Island Lake, the wall of peaks (Fremont, Sacagawea, and Helen) east of Titcomb Basin, and other peaks to the north.

The trail to Indian Pass continues around the southeastern side of the lake. An unnamed trail ascends steeply at the inlet up to a lake above. Stay left and continue around Island Lake.

The trail gently ascends through beautiful meadows and past many small lakes on the way to Indian Pass. At one mile from Island Lake, the trail splits. The left fork leads to Titcomb Basin, a popular destination for many backpackers and climbers. The right fork leads to Indian Basin and Indian Pass. Many people camp at one of the numerous campsites on the trail to Indian Basin and then spend the day in Titcomb Basin.

The trail crosses many small streams as it switchbacks up to Indian Basin. The trail crests and descends past the outlet of the Indian Basin Lakes. The trail flattens as you pass the lakes on the way up to Indian Pass. Many people will stop here to camp on their way up to Fremont Peak.

After leaving the basin, the trail starts to ascend steeply through boulder fields to Indian Pass. From Indian Pass, the views open up to the east and along the crest of the Wind River Range. This is a beautiful place to stop and take a break before heading back down the way you came.

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