Cave Basin Trail

Bayfield, Colorado 81122

Cave Basin Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Wildflowers and fantastic views make this long day hike a real treat. Cave Basin Trail 530 climbs at a moderate-to-steep grade through an open meadow for about a mile then enters into the trees. The forest is lush, and if it’s a warm day, you will welcome the shade.

The trailhead is marked with a wilderness sign and a trail register. There is room for several cars to park on the right, but no room to camp. The trail can now be difficult to follow as you bushwhack through thigh-high willows and hike past lonely tarns. Look for sinkholes in the limestone deposits as you continue. If you’re lucky, you’ll see where streams disappear into the ground. Also, in July there are many alpine wildflowers."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-7 hours
Views, Wildflowers
San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District, Bayfield; (970) 884-2512;
Local Contacts
USGS Vallecito Reservoir and Emerald Lake; Trails Illustrated Weminuche Wilderness; DeLorme 3D TopoQuad CD-ROM; Maptech Terrain Navigator CD-ROM; National Geographic Topo! Version 4.6.0
Local Maps

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Dec 2018