Chicago Basin Trail

San Juan National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain6,754ft
Trailhead Elevation8,229ft
Elevation Min/Max8182/13024ft
Elevation Start/End8229/8229ft

Chicago Basin Trail

Chicago Basin Trail is a hiking trail in La Plata County, Colorado. It is within San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness Area. It is 8.4 miles long and begins at 8,229 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,754 feet. Along the trail there is a water.

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100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"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."
"A trip to Chicago Basin is an unforgettable experience. Ride the Durango & Silverton train to a remote stop in the San Juans and prepare to embark on an amazing journey."

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Detailed information for planning a trip to Chicago Basin is available from the San Juan Mountains Association. It provides lots of information on obtaining maps, getting there, camping, climbing the nearby 14-ers, regulations, wildlife, weather,etc.

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Trail Information

San Juan National Forest
Nearby City
Weminuche Wilderness Area
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
San Juan National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mountain View Crest, Columbine Crest, Snowdon Peak
Local Maps

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