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  Hiking Trail or Trailhead

American Basin Trailhead

View from Handies Peak Trail

Known for its spectacular July wildflower display and scenic beauty, this sculpted glacial basin is one of the most photographed areas in the San Juan Mountain Range.  At 11,600’ the American Basin Trailhead is one of two routes that accesses Handies Peak (14,048’).  This trail to Handies is one of the easiest routes up a 14er in Colorado!

Vertical Gain or Loss: 2,488'

Trail Distance: 2.3 miles

 Eco-Friendly Notes

This is a hiking trail only, no motorized vehicle access.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Pets allowed, please clean up after pet at the trailhead and in and around camping areas.

For More Information, Contact:

Bureau of Land Management
650 S. 11th St. , Gunnison, CO 81230

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Latitude: 37.919991200
Longitude: -107.516477100
Elevation: 11613 FT (3540 M)
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