Chicago Basin

HARD 5 reviews
#24 of 73 trails in

Chicago Basin is a 15.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silverton, Colorado that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4599 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fly fishing

hiking

rock climbing

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

views

backpacking
1 month ago

3 months ago

Very cool backpacking route along the beautiful animas river, very gradual elevation gain and a lot of wild flowers. Twin lakes are gorgeous and a steep climb, sooo many mountain goats! Also the rumor that marmots will eat you gear to get the salt is real, so make sure to hang them(we learned the hard way, my friend's trekking pole handhold got eaten)

backpacking
8 months ago

Moderately difficult. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been, secluded camp sites located near white water streams and three mountains to climb. You are taken to the trailhead via a coal train (tickets are around $100 a pop round trip) and climb around 12 miles uphill to the campsite. I would recommend this trail to any avid backpack enthusiast

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

Great trail steep up from the trail but not bad. Nice to take the trail to and from the drop off. Easy to find trail and lots of water so no need to carry a big resovoir. Take a filter or tablets

hiking
Monday, July 27, 2015