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.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||0 ft|
|Season||July to September|
|Trailhead Elevation||8,000 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,680 ft|
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