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Velocity Basin Hiking

Difficulty
Condition
Fair

Notes: 9.18.21

Trail Length
1 miles
Distance from Durango
57 miles
Directions
Gain
1910 ft
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Velocity Basin

Hiking
Durango to TH

57 Miles

Gain

1910 Feet

Condition

Fair

Trail Length

1 Miles

Photo courtesy of Dan Brown

Part of Silverton Area Trails.

Velocity Basin  is a cirque basin with a small turquoise lake at its base. Located at an elevation of 3.449m (11,315ft) above sea level, it is accessed from CR 52 outside of Silverton.

The road to the hike is a rocky  4×4 road and the hike is very steep and difficult to navigate. The hike involves climbing a steep grassy route to the ridge line and peaks that surround the lake. The trailhead starts at 11,327 ft and climbs 1,910 ft to the peak at 13,060. The trail is unmarked and difficult way finding.

You can also access from Boulder Gulch

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.877024, -107.642446

Where's the Trailhead?

dIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

CR 52 in Silverton

From downtown Durango, head north on Hwy 550 for 47 miles to Silverton. In Silverton, stay straight on Hwy 110/Greene St through town, then turn left to stay on Hwy 110 for approximately 6 miles. Take a right onto County Road 52, and follow for approximately 1.5 miles until the road dead-ends.

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Trip Reports and Recent Photos

Velocity Basin

Date Visited:

June 2020

Submitted by: Dan Brown

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