Mineral Basin

4.8/5 (37 reviews)
The Mineral Basin Trail allows users to explore the South Cottonwood Drainage above Cottonwood Lake. The trail snakes its way up the valley as it heads toward Mineral Basin and Emma Burr Mountain (13,538'). Along the trail, you will travel close to Cottonwood Creek and pass through open meadows an...Read More
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Highlights of Mineral Basin

Altitude Category IconAltitude
Forest Category IconForest
Mine Category IconMine
Scenic Category IconScenic
Water Category IconWater
Highest Elevation
11839 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
06/01 - 10/31
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
FS 344
Nearest Town
Buena Vista
Nearest Services
Buena Vista
Management Agency
San Isabel National Forest
District
Salida Ranger District

Overview

The Mineral Basin Trail allows users to explore the South Cottonwood Drainage above Cottonwood Lake. The trail snakes its way up the valley as it heads toward Mineral Basin and Emma Burr Mountain (13,538'). Along the trail, you will travel close to Cottonwood Creek and pass through open meadows and aspen groves. Along the upper sections of the trail are marshy areas frequented by moose and elk. The trail ends at a large parking area high in the basin with views of Jones Mountain and the South Cottonwood Valley below.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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11 Waypoints
35 Trail Photos
1 Trail Concerns
37 Community Reviews
1 Video
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