Blaine Basin

MODERATE 8 reviews

Blaine Basin is a 4.5 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
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1522 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

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.

backpacking
5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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
5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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.

hiking
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backpacking
5 months ago