Mineral Basin

4.8/5 (18 reviews)
Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 05/24/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

The Mineral Basin Trail offers users the chance 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, pass through open meadows, Aspen groves and along the upper sections of the trail are marshy areas that are 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

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (18 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy trail. Some of the leaves are starting to turn colors. I suspect by mid September the area is going to be filled with amazing fall colors. reaching the end of the basin is fantastic. We parked and had lunch at the end of the trail. Ran this trail with a modded 4Runner (3" lift with 285 ATs), 2 stock 4Runners with 265-70R17 ATs, a stock Tacoma with 265-70R17 ATs, Chevy Trail Boss Long Bed, Stock Jeep Wrangler 4 Door with 285 ATs.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy trail with some mildly steep and rocky sections. Great camping spots towards the top if you can snag one before someone else. Open to the top if you're comfortable driving through some packed snow. Snow will probably be gone in a week.
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
27350
Status: Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

It’s close to being fully open. Made it 8 miles pushing through deep snow. Another week or two and it will be fully open.
Trail Review: Mineral Basin - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Mineral Basin - Marcus Trusty
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
27350
Status: Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Open to almost waypoint 10 if you can handle deep snow.
Trail Review: Mineral Basin - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Mineral Basin - Marcus Trusty
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
27350
Status: Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/24/2022

Made it to waypoint 6 through deep snow today. No other vehicles on the trail.
Trail Review: Mineral Basin - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Mineral Basin - Marcus Trusty
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