hiking
3 days ago

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

hiking
3 days ago

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.

14 days ago

Easy hike. Great southern views. Everyone goes up to blue lakes so you will most likely will not see anyone...until now...

road biking
1 month ago

Suuuuuuper easy chill ride with beautiful views!

running
3 months ago

Went wrong way

hiking
8 months ago

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!

hiking
8 months ago

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!

on Blaine Basin

hiking
8 months ago

Wow! Loved this trail. Absolutely beautiful and loved that it follows the river. Dog friendly which is a plus for us, no leashes required. Not much traffic, especially compared to Blue Lakes. Easy trail for experienced hikers but the last mile might be tough for beginners. It gets quite a bit steeper for that last mile but so worth it!

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Very wonderful hike. Being a Floridian who wants to hike a 14er, it was suggested that I do Courthouse first. So glad I have. The last 500 feet or so are a bit tricky as I was crawling up on my belly in some areas, and then sliding down those same areas going down. Amazing view from the top, and great trail all the way in. Many wildflowers, birds, butterflies and other critters, including some Pika near the top, which are highly endangered.

hiking
9 months ago

Just gorgeous. I worried that there would be too many people on the trail, but all the traffic was for Blue Lakes. Hiked up past the Upper Basin and blissed out under Sneffels for a couple hours. Wildflowers everywhere. Waterfalls everywhere. Butterflies everywhere. The creek follows you the whole way. Even my passenger car made it (verrrryyy slowwwwlyyyyy). I can't wait to go back.

Awesome trail, amazing views!

camping
9 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

Great for running. Never too steep. Shared path with friendly bikers on way down.

hiking
10 months ago

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!

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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!

running
10 months ago

Well maintained, easy to follow. Options to follow trails all the way to the north of the State Park.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

There was some snow; however it was still fine for passing. We did not do the very end to the top because it was steep and a rock scrambling section only. Great views!

Hiked this trail today! It was really muddy and made it complicated to get to the top. Snow in a lot of sections, so be careful. Enjoyed the views and the good time.

hiking
10 months ago

I’m sorry but one log isn’t safe enough to cross the rushing river 6 inches below. Sure it might be fine in the fall when the water isn’t running that fast. I posted a picture. Not safe for dogs or kids or solo hikers

hiking
11 months ago

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 .

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail with gorgeous views of the San Juan Range. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. We walked to the intersection of the concrete path, had some lunch and headed back. Sign at trailhead said Enchanted Mesa Trail. Lots of fishermen, boaters, and jet skiers. Temps in low 80’s.

road biking
11 months ago

Nice paved trail with one climb coming out of Ridgway on the way back to Dallas Creek area of Ridgway State Ark.

One of my favorite hikes! Always worth the quick elevation gain! Amazing panorama from the very top! I have done this hike many times!

Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and river! Very easy and enjoyable walk.

hiking
Sat Sep 29 2018

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!

backpacking
Wed Sep 26 2018

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.

Thu Aug 09 2018

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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