Wilson Peak Via Navajo Basin is a 9 mile out and back trail located near Dunton, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Hike the famous Wilson Peak (Coors Beer Label) from Navajo basin. This approach is slightly longer than the standard route, but much less crowded and makes a great backpacking trip. Navajo Lake is a beautiful camp spot. This is the best approach if you also wish to climb Mt Wilson and El Diente. The trail head directly North from the trailhead. Do not take the first bridge that is just 200 feet north of the trailhead but continue along the East side of the creek. There will be a bridge to cross later when the stream turns East. Continue on the trail as it by passes a head wall and then passes Navajo Lake. The trial will head East through the Navajo Basin almost to its end. Near the East end look for switchbacks that head North again. Just after passing an old mine turn off the trail to the right and head for a small saddle just right of a prominent point in front of you. At the saddle, cross to the other side of the ridge and traverse below the point on your left and regain the ridge well to the right of that point to avoid the worst part of the ridge. The trail will reform and become clear again. Follow it to a false summit where you will have to descend 100 feet and then do a steep climb the last 150 feet to reach the summit of Mount Wilson.
This is a beautiful hike, and an excellent way to climb Wilson Peak. Now that access has been restored to the standard route via the Rock Of Ages Trail, Navajo Basin has become less crowded. But it is still probably the best approach if you wish to climb all 3 peaks. There are many excellent camping spots at Navajo Lake, which is right at treeline.