It goes! Traction could be used but not necessary. Also went for the traverse to Matterhorn. Needed ice axe for the initial down climb but then rest of snow on ridge was solid. Started the traverse at 7:30. Snow on traverse only for first half. Last half dry. I’d think all snow would be gone in 2 weeks. Just be aware that the rock on the traverse is not stable. Test every hold, especially on last half of traverse.

hiking
snow
19 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Great easy hike! Trail was in good condition. Took us 45 minutes to reach the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I hiked a short part of this trail today. The snow is finally gone and we are able to access at least 10,500 feet. We only saw one other group of hikers. This is one of our favorite trails but it is much more pretty to hike in the fall.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a very pleasant spring hike for our family. There is still some snow on the trail but it was not as bad as the previous trip up. There are no obstructions. The lake is pretty and we saw a mountain lion there on our last trip. Bring your binoculars. Our four children age 15, 13, 12 and nine had no difficulty making it up and down.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

on American Basin Trail

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Short moderate trail off of Cinnamon Pass. Beautiful bowl valley. Abundant wild flowers that were in full bloom when we were there. A must short detour to take.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Long hike! The valley connecting the two is spectacular. Both are moderately easy with Wetterhorn having some steep ascents with narrow walkways. The road there has many abandoned mining operations, one with a blow out damn

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Wonderfull drive. Met lots of great people on the trail. Four passes (peaks) on this trail. Beautiful views. Some parts are difficult (moderate) but passable with a four-wheel-drive pickup truck.

Lots of wild flowers! Moderate at first then steep for the last two hours

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

This was tough, I made a night attempt at the summit and lost my route maybe 100’ from the top. I couldn’t see anything, and there were cliffs all around. Once I noticed I was off the route All Trails showed, I decided to turn around. I just made it back to my car at 11 pm. I’ll try again tomorrow, I definitely underestimated the climb at the peak.

Such a beautiful hike. The views were incredible! All the hikers were friendly and courteous.

Beautiful trail. We backpacked over the ridge into the basin below the peak. It was somewhat of tough backpacking trail in parts but well worth it. This would be done easily with a day pack. Went late August and there were still beautiful wildflowers and snow. Would absolutely recommend to a friend!

We hiked from West Fork (wetterhorn basin trail) to Coxcomb trail to Middle Fork trail to East Fork trail and we made it take 3 days and 2 nights. The views at all three passes were amazing. Definitely would recommend. One thing to keep in mind is that this is bear country so be prepared to see bear track all over. If you are camping, be careful!

10/10 would recommend

hiking
9 months ago

Left my tent just above the start of Nellie Creek Rd at 4:30. Was fortunate to score a ride from about halfway to the TH.

fantastic hike. perfect amount of adventure and beauty. will definitely do it again some time. trails in great condition. did help to do a little homework on 14ers.com on some of the route finding at the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike all around. Would recommend to moderately experienced to experienced hikers. Don’t forget your water. Hike hasn’t seen much attention since snow melt. Some tight edges along portions of the river where scaling rock face was required, briefly (no need for ropes or anything crazy). Several river crossing required - one with no infrastructure - shoes had to come off! At mile four to West Fork, trail is no longer present. Avalanche remains from the winter have rendered trail obsolete. Due to unstable footing and heavy debris our crew was unable to complete. If planning on completing - be weary of all terrain past mile four.

hiking
washed out
9 months ago

Unable to fully review because Cinnamon Pass was closed from the Lake City side just past Sherman/Cataract Gulch. Mudslides on Saturday Aug 3 trapped folks in their vehicles on Cinnamon Pass. Not sure if the trail is accessible from the other side, but you need a high clearance 4WD coming from that direction. I would wait until the danger of mudslides passes.

Incredible views the whole way! Road gets very narrow in places and there are some very sharp and steep switchbacks which are difficult to tell if vehicles are coming the other direction but generally quite a few places to pass. Definitely will need a reasonably high clearance vehicle with 4 wheel drive. My Jeep Renegade made it just fine. Road is open the whole way and very busy even on week days.

hiking
10 months ago

Backpacked the trail to treeline. Magical upper basin through waste deep wildflowers. From camp we climbed Uncompahgre Peak. A very beautiful valley. Some avalabche snow to cross. A couple of great campsites just below treeline wher the middle Fork Pass trail and Coxcomb pass trails meet

nature trips
muddy
rocky
snow
10 months ago

We left from Ouray and went all the way to American basin. We went over corkscrew Gulch and California pass and hurricane pass and Cinnamon pass. We were hoping to come back from Animas Fork through silverton on County Road two but there was a huge snowdrift in the way and we had to turn around and come back the same way we went in. American basin had loads of wildflowers including Indian paintbrush and Columbine. It was worth the trip. Our entire trip took about eight hours in a stock Jeep rubicon.. we used the alpine loop directions on alltrails and you will see from our recording that some of the directions were out of date.

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