American Basin Trail

Lake City, Colorado 81235

American Basin Trail

American Basin Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"American Basin can be easily reached from Lake City but it is lightly hiked even though at the height of the summer the basin is spectacular with wildflowers and is one of the most beautiful areas of the San Juan Mountains.

Your dog will love the soft grass, the rolling meadows, and access to a refreshing dip in Sloan Lake at the end of the trail. Sloan Lake is the habitat of the threatened Colorado cutthroat trout. Since this hike is on Bureau of Land Management land, dogs can be off-leash."

American Basin Trail Trip Reports

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We day hiked the American Basin as part of the "Alpine Loop" jeep tour. To say the wildflowers were spectacular would be an understatement! The variety & color was remarkable. When the flowers are out, this is Grade A.

American Basin Trail Photos

Trail Information

Lake City
Nearby City
1,650 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
3 hours
Best Mid to July to October
11,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,950 feet
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, Gunnison Field Office
Local Contacts
USGS Handies Peak, Redcloud Peak; Trails Illustrated Telluride, Silverton, Ouray, Lake City
Local Maps

Trail Log