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Blaine Basin Tr#203 to Lower & Upr Basin, CO

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 3.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,326 feet
Elevation Gain 1,810 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,000 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.37
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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80  2013-06-14
Colorado Trek - June 2013
50  2012-08-16 CannondaleKid
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep
Sun  7:24am - 5:21pm
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Nearby Area Water
Blue Lakes Trail #201
Blue Lakes Trail #201
0.1 mi away
8.6 mi
2,750 ft
East Fork of Dallas Creek Meadows - CR#7
0.8 mi away
2.0 mi
200 ft
Mount Sneffels via Yankee Boy Basin
Mount Sneffels via Yankee Boy Basin
2.9 mi away
1.1 mi
1,693 ft
Blue Lakes Trail to Blue Lakes Pass
Blue Lakes Trail to Blue Lakes Pass
3.6 mi away
2.6 mi
1,500 ft
Corbett Creek
6.4 mi away
6.0 mi
1,800 ft
Liberty Bell Mine
6.4 mi away
3.2 mi
1,890 ft
Lower Angel Canyon
Lower Angel Canyon
6.6 mi away
1.5 mi
600 ft
Jud Wiebe Trail
Jud Wiebe Trail
6.6 mi away
3.3 mi
2,360 ft
Sneffels Highline Trail
Sneffels Highline Trail
6.7 mi away
13.4 mi
3,500 ft
Imogene Pass
6.7 mi away
7.4 mi
5,537 ft
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Overview: A very interesting area to navigate with a number of creek crossings which could be tricky depending on the amount of rain in the last few days (you may get wet); The payoff for negotiating these water crossings and staying on trail is an opportunity to visit and view two high altitude meadow area basins ("lower" at 3.2mls in at 10,744ft and "upper" at 3.7mls in at 11,135ft; These two basins reside within the Mount Sneffels Wilderness with the "Upper" Blaine Basin directly NNE below, looking almost straight up at Mount Sneffels summit at 14,150ft; Both basins offer near and distant views of other high peaks along with wildflowers, waterfalls, mine tailing, and two creek branches that frame the round top cirque in front of you;


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From Ouray,CO: Drive north from Ouray on Hwy 550 to Ridgeway and turn west on Hwy 62 towards Telluride; Five miles from this junction look for a sign on the right saying "National Forest Access- Dallas Creek"; Turn left (south) onto County Road 7; Drive a total of ~8.9 miles to Parking/TH Start (drive past Willow Swamp, cross over the East Fork of Dallas Creek, and drive ~200 yards "past" the TH sign for Blue Lakes Tr#201 and Park); Hike through the yellow gate to TH and sign-in box..the Blaine Basin Tr#203 goes left; the Blue Lakes Tr#201 goes right;
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