Blaine Basin

Distance: 6.8 miles (round trip)

Mt. Sneffels Wilderness Area, Uncompahgre National Forest, near Ouray in Southwest Colorado

Looking up at Mt. Sneffels (14,150-ft.)

Looking up at Mt. Sneffels (14,150-ft.)

 

This is a good hike for people looking for solitude and dramatic, up-close views of the north face of Mt. Sneffels (14,150-ft.). Don’t let the crowded parking lot deter you. Most hikers are headed for the Blue Lakes basin. You will have the Blaine Basin trail mostly to yourself. (full description)

  • Distance: 6.8 miles (round trip) to Blaine Basin
  • Elevation: 9,350-ft. at Trailhead
    11,200-ft. at Blaine Basin
  • Elevation Gain: 1,850-ft. to Blaine Basin
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Basecamp: Ouray / Ridgway
  • Region: Southwest Colorado

Why Hike Blaine Basin

Looking for a little solitude? Then take a hike to Blaine Basin.

This lightly used trail does not require a lot of effort and culminates in a scenic wildflower-filled basin with great views of Mt. Sneffels (14,156-ft.), Kismet (13,694-ft.) and Cirque Mountain (13,868-ft.). Along the way the trail wanders through forests, passes a pretty waterfall and crosses Wilson Creek three times.

Looking for more of a challenge? Then climb the steep, off-trail route to a high bench between Mt. Sneffels and Blaine Peak for close-up views of Sneffels and a bird’s-eye view of the basin.

Be forewarned, the trailhead parking area is often overflowing down the access road. Don’t let the crowded parking lot deter you. Most hikers are headed for the Blue Lakes trail. You will likely have the Blaine Basin trail mostly to yourself.

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Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for Blaine Basin

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