American Basin Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake City, CO that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, fishing, and off road driving and is accessible from July until October.
off road driving
Take Cameron Pass out of Lake City to American Basin,off to the left.
Hard but great! Worth it!
The wildflowers were just starting to bloom on the lower slopes on 4th of July weekend. The best time to catch the flowers in full bloom is late July to early August. This is one of the most beautiful basins I have been to in Colorado. Endless scenery, and just getting there is 4X4 fun. Can't recommend it enough.
This is my Favorite place to go when camping in Lake City. Lots of waterfalls and great views of the Mountains. You can hike a 14er and see Salon Lake.1999-2010 always in the fall for great aspen color.
I didn't hike all the way to Handie's Peak, just to Sloan Lake. The lake is a good place to stop and rest, you'll need it. The hike itself is not too bad just the elevation gain is what got me. The trail levels off in spots which made it manageable. The waterfalls provide great pictures and plenty of wildflowers in the area. For more pics visit my website Writingwithlightphotography.com
American Basin is a gorgeous basin off of Cinnamon Pass .It has beautiful wildflowers in the summer.The trail takes off at end of the basin road and goes through wildflowers and by a couple waterfalls,on the way up to Sloan Lake, which is a awesome turquoise blue color. If you want to walk farther and the weather is nice, you can fallow the trail to the top of Handies Peak, a 14er. with great views of the Uncompahgre Range plus Sunshine and Redcloud Peaks.