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Hardest hike/climb I've done so far for it's distance (started 6 miles down), amazing view at the top, well worth it.

It was an unending stairclimber until it became a climb instead of a hike.

Have you ever heard of the boy who cried wolf getting eaten?
Don't try to take your 2wd low clearance rental car up this one, you may have to back up 50ft straight.
Class 3 scrambling? It actually exists and you can learn what it is on this trail. Some very exposed maneuvers, try to stay on the shale going up and don't trust any rock regardless of size.

Remember the dirt roads you took up to the actual trailhead sign, you'll see many options going downward.

Somehow the waterfalls were ignored by nearly everyone. They made the area way more than just a crowded 14er for me.

Start early to avoid the crowds renting Jeeps. 8:30am summit, a few other people. 9am summit, a dozen with more on their way up.

I saw a medium-small dog make it up, but he had to be passed between group members at the very top section (Larger dogs probably wouldn't make this section either). I heard him bark a good amount on their way down, I'm assuming out of fear.

This was definitely a tough hike! If you don’t have a high-clearance vehicle be prepared to hike about 7-8 miles in & out. Once you finally get to the actual trail, there’s a deceiving sign that says 1.2 miles to the summit—it’s pretty much a straight incline up the full 1.2 miles and there are rocks/boulders that fall while you’re hiking up. Since the hike is so steep, the rocks slip constantly so we recommend a helmet, like some people had, and possibly hiking poles for the trip back down. Heading back down was honestly the hardest part because it puts a lot of stress on your knees. There are several false summits so be prepared! When you finally reach the top & are close to the summit, you’ll have to scramble through a tight notch to reach the actual summit. Get someone to help you because that part can be tricky—especially if you’re hiking alone. All in all, it’s a beautiful mountain & I promise you’ll remember the hike forever.

12 days ago

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.

Challenging hike/ climb, but one of my favorite 14-ers ever. Beautiful views and totally worth it. Be prepared to climb/ scramble.

21 days ago

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

This is a TOUGH hike with a short bit of Class 3 climbing required. Straight up the steepest face of boulders and scree I can recall.
Nearly everyone had trekking poles, and I found myself very jealous of that as I scrambled down excruciatingly slowly. Bring poles. Lean on them every step of descent. Get down to the upper trailhead in 1 hour instead of 2 like me.
The summit was worth the effort.

Steep elevation gain after trail sign. Had to park at lower trail head (upper section is a legit 4wd road. Saw a Tacoma get stuck and towed out). South slope is steep but solid when we did it early morning. The gully is fun bouldering on the right. depending on which side you take it’s fairly stable rocks. The v notch has solid hand holds and is mostly a mental game pretty easy to get through depending on your size. Final push has some exposure but nothing that is extreme. Strenuous climb but views are amazing.

off road driving
27 days ago

Wow this was a tough climb. After being at altitude for six days, I thought I was ready for a 14er. This hike kicked my tail but I was so impressed with the guidance from AllTrails. The pics and reviews helped my prep towards success.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike! The last mile is the steepest part of the hike and the reward at the top is a bit of heaven on earth

Awesome trail and vistas!! The last 100 yards or so... a real bummer, rocky and steep.

1 month ago

Did this AFTER blue lake so we were already pretty dang sore. Plus the end is not a gorgeous lake...it is a beautiful valley but still not the same. Not as many people so it’s worth it

1 month ago

Beautiful! Hiked today (7/6/18) and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Absolutely gorgeous being in the basin with three waterfalls, flowers, and looking up at Sneffels. Same trailhead as blue lakes, which was absolutely packed. There were two pages filled up with people going to blue lakes. Only about 6 groups for Blaine Basin. It was super quiet for the most part. Definitely would hike this one again.

Super tough but also pretty exciting!

1 month ago


This trail is very hard. It is the hardest 14er we have completed. We started from the upper trail head. Ascending and descending the gulley is very difficult. Glad we did it. One and done!

1 month ago

I have hiked the Dallas Trail several times, and always left out from the Blue Lakes trail head and hiked up to Wilson's Creek summit, and bypassing the Blaine Basin. I've been missing out. It's a beautiful spot, and while the climb is a bit tough for some folks, the effort is worth it. In June, plenty of water to be found up there.

Difficult but worth the views! Lots of elevation gain in a short distance and a lot of hiking on scree. Get ready for a workout on the way up and be cautious on the way down, I slipped on the the scree and landed on my butt a couple times! Also, be careful taking your pups on this one, the rocks can make for very sore and bloody paws! My schnauzer made it all the way up but I had to carry him the last half of the top on the way down.

My smart phone & smart watch stated 3.8 miles round trip in almost exactly 4 hours (4h, 37 total with breaks). I made it ALMOST to the top. Had to stop just after getting into the “rocks only” section due to my heavier hiking boots. I should of dropped my pack and it probably would have been fine. If I do it again, I’ll do that or bring lighter, more deft shoes for that small section.

Quite difficult but amazing trail. Road to trailhead can be bumpy and a little treacherous but we made due with a 2WD vehicle. Some definite rock scrambling, but the views were breathtaking.

2 months ago

Solitude, some gains and some spectacular views! The creek crossing was more than manageable but definitely taking boots off and putting on sandals (tevas, keens, etc.) will be necessary. Didn’t need any extensive gear other than the change of shoes. Last mile up to the basin is the most challenging and WELL WORTH the views.

2 months ago

Definitely worth hiking to the top, throughout the hike is mainly forest but once you get to the top there’s a creek and a lot of wild flowers and a good view of the mountains.

10 months ago

Yeah, sure...followed the directions...no trailhead marker whatsoever...

Lots of elevation gain for an absolutely breathtaking view on top. Ran into a red fox, which was cool. Most challenging and rewarding hike I've done so far.

off road driving
10 months ago

beautiful drive! We wint in late summer and had no problems in my 2WD Pontiac Vibe. We got out and hiked around a bit. and enjoyed the day very easy dirt road lovely views

Gorgeous trail-completely worth the climb. My husband and I did the Blue Lakes Pass route, which, although longer, has incredible views and is well worth the extra couple of hours. I wrote a complete trip report if you're interested in seeing photos and getting more information on trail conditions, gear, and general tips and tricks : http://borntobewandering.com/2017/09/15/the-ultimate-guide-to-mt-sneffels/

This was our first 14er, and to be honest it was the most difficult thing we have accomplished yet. We started early at 540, very dark out and lights were necessary. This is mostly uphill and the trail is mostly rocks, very much a workout. It was worth it, but don't underestimate it!

Was an epic adventure going up to the peak. And coming down was a blast sliding down the dirt and rocks!

Mentally challenging
A great physical work out

Definitely a class 3. Only 1.2 miles from TH to summit but also a 2,000ft elevation gain. Hands and feet bouldering all the way to the top. And the boulders are your friend. The V notch isn't bad...people help you through it. And the summit is completely worth it. It is very steep and exposure at the V notch and a little after up to the summit!
It was my first 14er...definitely a challenge!

There is a great video on YouTube that shows the V notch...

The views are beyond a 5-star rating - completely out of this world and so different than any other 14er. I have to give it 4 stars though because I don't think I could ever push myself to do it again - it was by far the most mentally challenging climb I've done to date - many "life or death" moments with steep steep uphill scree shifting beneath every step you take up to the ridge and then again up to the summit. The V-Notch was a test of true grit, be sure you research this part well so you're not surprised when you see it. The summit wasn't crowded at all, we even had about 5 mins of it completely to ourselves. It was hardly windy either which was a plus and a surprise. But all we could think about was the journey down, and it certainly was difficult. Had to use 3 points of contact minimum for most of the stretch. Great experience but one should really assess their mental stamina and physical capabilities before daring to attempt this one.

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