American Basin Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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American Basin Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake City, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles
879 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



Take Cameron Pass out of Lake City to American Basin,off to the left.

off road driving
9 months ago

We rented a Jeep in Silverton and drove over Cinnamon Pass to American Basin arriving around 11:30 AM. We spent some time walking the trail to the south, taking lots of pictures of mountains and wildflowers. We were in a monsoon weather pattern so our time here was cut short by rain, but it was well worth the journey. The flowers were amazing, expecially the Columbine. There were quite a few people here on July 21, 2017. I'd love to come back and spend some time in this photographer's paradise.

11 months ago

Loved it

11 months ago

Loved it

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hard but great! Worth it!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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.

Sunday, September 01, 2013