This is the most popular hike in the Weminuche Wilderness. One of the most scenic areas in the San Juans, Chicago Basin is surrounded by the stunning 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks of the Needle Range.
Add to this the fact that the trailhead is accessible by way of a steam-powered narrow-gauge train and you have an adventure that is steeped in both natural and historic lore. Be forewarned, however: some 6,000 people hike into Chicago Basin each summer, so this is no place to find solitude.
Needleton, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 16.6