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.
Chicago Basin Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--James Dziezynski, Best Summit Hikes in Colorado (Wilderness Press).
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