Blaine Basin is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ridgway, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,519 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

snow

This trail starts at the same trail head as Blue Lakes but gets much less traffic. Great views of Sneffles from the basin and lots of wildflowers in season.

hiking
1 month ago

An amazing view of the back of mt sneffel and others at the end of this walk. The last mile is pure up, but the end is worth it!

3 months ago

Awesome trail that gets maybe a half dozen groups hiking it per day MAX versus multiple dozens of groups on blue lakes trail per day. The parking lot was jam packed when we arrived, but we found a parking spot. The first 2 miles are downright easy, a kid could do it. The last mile is a little more strenuous and I do recommend a pole or two for the descent unless you enjoy a good rock dance. We got to the basin and only saw one other group of people with a couple dogs. The panoramic views are astounding. All trails map ends at the basin, but the trail does go further up and has more switchbacks that take you much further above the basin. Took us 4 hours and 10 minutes from the parking lot and we took a 40 minute lunch up top and a few short breaks on the way up. Awesome hike and definitely recommended if you want to get away from the plethora of people. Sure it doesn’t have a lake, but it has waterfalls, awesome views of Sneffels and a river beside you half the hike; plus no people saying “behind you” or “passing” every ten minutes. Once you get to the basin, take a left and follow the waterfalls up a hidden trail just past the little campground. I would venture as far as to say this is basically a hidden gem of a hiking trail in these parts.

hiking
3 months ago

Very beautiful hike. Slight elevation upgrade had a friend from the west coast that went up with a few stops. The last mile was definitely a lil killer. Hiked 7/30/18

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike! The last mile is the steepest part of the hike and the reward at the top is a bit of heaven on earth

hiking
4 months ago

Did this AFTER blue lake so we were already pretty dang sore. Plus the end is not a gorgeous lake...it is a beautiful valley but still not the same. Not as many people so it’s worth it

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful! Hiked today (7/6/18) and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Absolutely gorgeous being in the basin with three waterfalls, flowers, and looking up at Sneffels. Same trailhead as blue lakes, which was absolutely packed. There were two pages filled up with people going to blue lakes. Only about 6 groups for Blaine Basin. It was super quiet for the most part. Definitely would hike this one again.

4 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

I have hiked the Dallas Trail several times, and always left out from the Blue Lakes trail head and hiked up to Wilson's Creek summit, and bypassing the Blaine Basin. I've been missing out. It's a beautiful spot, and while the climb is a bit tough for some folks, the effort is worth it. In June, plenty of water to be found up there.

hiking
5 months ago

Solitude, some gains and some spectacular views! The creek crossing was more than manageable but definitely taking boots off and putting on sandals (tevas, keens, etc.) will be necessary. Didn’t need any extensive gear other than the change of shoes. Last mile up to the basin is the most challenging and WELL WORTH the views.

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely worth hiking to the top, throughout the hike is mainly forest but once you get to the top there’s a creek and a lot of wild flowers and a good view of the mountains.

backpacking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Super fun and easy hike! Lots to look at! Went in early July all the wild flowers were out. Lots of places to camp at the top. Good for kids and dogs. Campfires are allowed.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Loved that my kiddo easily tackled this one. And, that with what felt like 100 cars parked on the road for Independence Day, Blaine Basin was relatively open with far fewer people than Blue Lakes.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Was a great hike and the trail is now totally free of snow and the wildflowers are out. Loved hiking along the creek and then seeing the waterfall on the way up. The last .07 miles is steep and rocky but well worth it! View is spectacular, the little waterfall up there in the basin meadow is great and everything is green with the flowers just coming out now.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2016 review... we went up here in September as we live in Ridgway. It was beautiful! This is the same trailhead as lower blue lakes except this trail splits left and immediately crosses a bridge. This hike is relatively easy compared to most in the area. There is 1 creek crossing that is a bit challenging during meltoff but hiking poles will keep you steady. Good chance of getting wet feet too because the water was high even late in the year. Tevas. The hardest part of this hike is the last .5 mile- pretty much straight up. You arrive to an open meadow with beautiful river and waterfall views. Also, it puts you a couple thousand feet below Mt. Sneffels which is a great lunch view. We had the trail all to ourselves which is just the way we like it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We had amazing views. There was still quite a bit of snow which made the last part of the trail a little tricky. Well worth the view! Would like to go back later in the summer when the snow melts more. First river crossing needs very sure footing until the creek slows down. Beautiful views of Sneffles.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

recorded Blaine Basin Hike

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Sunday, July 09, 2017

backpacking
Saturday, June 24, 2017