Blaine Basin is a 6 mile moderately 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.

Length6.0 miElevation gain1,519 ftRoute typeOut & back
CampingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestRiverViewswild-flowersSnow
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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.

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Solace Sonder
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Snowshoeing

In the winter, the road is closed about 5 miles before the trailhead for OHV, cross country skiing, and hiking. So to even get to Blaine basin trailhead, you'll have to do 10 miles. I would highly recommend going at least 3 miles in. You get to where you are centered on Mt. Sneffles, with the extending ranges to either side. It is amazing and peaceful.

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Linda Ganga
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Hiking

Steep and slippery rocks at the end. Gorgeous spot to camp near trail head. Horrible road to trail head.

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Lincoln Fiske
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Brenda Robillard
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Hiking

Trail conditions were dry, it's mostly a gentle grade the first 2 miles then the burn begins. We only came in contact with 3 other couples and 3 hunters. The sky was a smoky haze because of the smoke from the CA fires but the air smelled clean and Wilson Creek was pure and clear.

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Kay Head
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Challenging at times due to the elevation, but well worth it once you reach the basin. Mt Sneffels is stunning! There are great views along the way and a beautiful waterfall. There are three creek crossings that require you to walk across a log, so good balance is a must. If you want to get away from the crowds, this is the trail for you.

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Brian Weinberg
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Hiking

Great conditions, hot day

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Brian Weinberg
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Hiking

Great hike...the road less traveled for sure. AVOID the insanity of Blue Lakes. Perfect family hike!

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Cristi Harrington
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RunningBugs

Wow. You’d think from the parking lot that you’d be filled with people. This was a secluded and mostly runnable trail. Straight up there and straight down home. Clocked a 10K. Beautiful scenery

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Kylie Torrence
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Made the mistake of going on July 4th.. the trailhead lot was PACKED. But it’s true, most people were hiking the Blue Lakes trail. We only passed a handful of people on the Blaine Basin trail. The water crossings are on logs but they’re not bad at all. One creek in particular didn’t have a log or enough rocks to hop across so we just walked straight through, haha. Icy cold wet socks are all part of the fun! Tons of camping space available before the trailhead parking lot. The road up wasn’t terrible. A very typical gravel/rocky/bumpy road. Offers some beautiful views, especially towards the end!

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Shelley Stotz
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HikingMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Check out the video our hike (May 28 2020) to see for yourself: https://youtu.be/rhB1nOD9Qr8 Follow us on YouTube: Mason and Shelley OR Instagram: Justadrift So when you start out on this trail there gets to be a point where there is a switchback and some signage, no matter where you’re going veer right vs going straight. Pretty beginning of the hike with aspen forests, sunny meadows. Midway up the waterfall is AMAZING and huge. Once you pass that, and go on towards signage for Blaine Basin, when you have one mile or so to go it gets steep and lots of rocks. We did this hike on May 28th and there was a fair amount of snow we had to walk through. The reward at the end is breathtaking. I would recommend this hike.

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Kim Small
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Great scenery all along the trail especially at the basin. As others have mentioned the last mile gets much steeper but the reward at the end and along the way are worth it. There’s a hidden waterfall just to the left of the basin. You can see it through the trees. Also discovered an easier crossing at first creek crossing if the single log is a little tricky for you. Just backtrack a little bit and there’s a small trail to the right that leads to a much easier crossing and meets back with trail. Be aware if you have balance issues that all crossings are on logs and streams are running too hard right now to forge safely. Encountered mountain bikers along the way. Lovely meadow and grove of aspens also. Chilly and windy at the top. Gorgeous waterfalls and views of Sneffels. Still lots of snow on top. Didn’t want to leave. Love this area!!

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Emily Gammill
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Hiking

Great moderate hike! Only a bit of snow at the very top, but manageable. Would do this hike again :)

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Jenna Berry
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Hiking

Trail was beautiful, but as other people have said the last mile was pretty steep and sketch in some parts. There were some snow patches that made it difficult to get to top. My husband’s vertigo kept him from trying those snow covered steep parts. We made it up to trailhead in our 2W drive going slow and steady.

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A Bur
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Hiking

Went in May, trail pretty clear til we got to the top. Hard to navigate trail then, just followed the light, as the footprints were scattered. Magnificent view on top, snowing a little. Logs set up to cross river, saw a few people, some not crossing river and missing trail. Steep and rocky for a little while, it doesn't last. Layers and good shoes.

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Erica Leite
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Hiking

Accidentally recorded this under Blain Basin but a thallus veered to the right and went to Blue Lakes. Lovely trail, beautiful wild flowers, waterfalls, butterflies. We went to the lower lake and it was perfect. Will def do this hike again!

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Madison Cano
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Hiking

Great trail for beginners! The last mile features a more steel incline. Bear sighting just before the basin caused us to turn around, he/she was headed in exactly the direction we were going. Beautiful!

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Ryan Banning
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Camping

Not a difficult trail for beginners, plenty of great scenery from the beginning to the end of the trail. The road to this trailhead may be difficult for a passenger vehicle, but we did it.

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Kendall Boyd
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Hiking

We loved this trail! The views are absolutely stunning! The first 2 miles are fairly easy with a few river crossings. Each passing has a well maintained log bridge. No need to walk in water. You just have to figure out where exactly the crossings and just know they’re there. The last third is a bit challenging. But the basin makes it completely worth it! We were lucky enough to have it to ourselves in the middle of the afternoon. Great lunch spot! Tons of wildflowers and not busy trail. Very special! Exceptional scenery!

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Mitzi Mallard
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Hiking

Great trail! My husband and I hiked with our dog on July 28, 2019. Got started about 9:30am and did not come across anyone until near the basin. The last mile is a legit climb and steep. There are several river crossings with either downed logs or just walking through the river. It will be hard to avoid wet feet, so just go for it. They’ll dry. The basin at the end of the climb has an amazing view and 2-3 small waterfalls. We enjoyed a little lunch with a view before heading back down. Our time averaged about 25 minutes/mile, which we found was a comfortable pace. We both use hiking poles which helped with footing on the water crossings, as well as the steep ascents and descents.

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Paul Wesselmann
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Hiking

Glorious. The first two miles are fairly easy, and while the last mile to the basin is definitely steeper, I only found the middle third of the last mile to be a bit strenuous. Oh, and no snow on trail! The three creek crossings were fairly straight forward (I hike with poles, and they make it soooo much easier to balance, and they just provide a confidence boost). Once you are in the basin and have stared in awe at the waterfalls in front of you for a few minutes, There is a path that goes up another 1/3-1/2 mile to the top of the basin where you can get an amazing view of the cirque above, and then turn around and get a really lovely view of the basin you just climbed. It is very wet with several creek crossings (no problem for those with waterproof boots and poles). From the top of the basin, there is a somewhat difficult to follow trail on up to the saddle on the right side of the cirque. It did allow for a really majestic view of the cirque, and a just about as close as you can get to Mt. Sneffels without summiting. It is really strenuous and didn’t really improve the experience for me. When I arrived back to the spot where you first drop onto the basin and see all the water and flowers...I just couldn’t get enough of that view and a first three times I left the basin I had to turn around just to get one more look. It was *that* good. It looks like someone had recently given the trail some TLC...there was fresh sawdust in a few spots where trees had fallen over the trail, and I *think* the creek crossings may have been beefed up based on a few reviews from earlier in July. Given that this is an easier hike and much less traversed than heading up to Blue Lakes (which shares a trailhead with this hike), this may be a preferred hike for some. It doesn’t have lakes, by oh those waterfalls!

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Tom Rolka
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Hiking

Hiked this to see how the family would do at altitude. Easy hiking except sections of last mile that were loose and typical of high alpine talus. Plan time to spend time in Blair basin it’s high alpine meadow is spectacular. A couple of bridges/logs are a little sketchy for river crossing.

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Anne Hughes
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Hiking

It’s a long drive on a dirt road to the trailhead but our Toyota Highlander made it with no problem. We didn’t arrive until late in the day and it was raining/hailing so we only hiked about a mile in. But the scenery is spectacular. Highly recommend .

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alexandra noga
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Hiking

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!

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Scott Phillips
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Backpacking

Great little hike. It’s easy until that last mile, then you start to feel it in your legs. Once you arrive at the basin though you will see why it is worth the wait. A great spot to have lunch or camp for the night. There are ample camping spots all around with great scenery.

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Casey Cripe
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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.

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Angela Daversa
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Hiking

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

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