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McCarthy Basin

McCarthy Basin


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Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.88000°N / 107.62°W

Object Title: McCarthy Basin

Route Type: Hike

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Walk-up plus class 3 near the end

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Created/Edited: Aug 13, 2003 / Oct 12, 2017

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See "Getting There".

Route Description

Trailhead Elevation: 11800 ft
One Way Distance per my GPS: 1.5 miles
Approximate Hiking Time (one way up hill): 1.5 hours

NOTE: This route will take you to the top of false summit (see Main Page).

At the trailhead, look south to see the low end of McCarthy Basin where it joins Eureka Gulch. Locate a faint trail that heads south over the grassy slopes and above a series of orange-colored cliffs. Hike this trail a short distance until it gradually veers right (SW) and enters the McCarthy Basin.

McCarthy Basin is a large alpine bowl that is covered with grass and wild flowers. At the head of the basin, you will see two horns. The higher one (to the right) is the false summit of 13330. The trail fades away but you can easily hike up the beautiful slopes to a 13180 ft saddle to the north of the false summit.

From the saddle, you will have to turn south and do some class 3 hiking over a fairly narrow area made of rotten rock to reach the top of the false summit.

Essential Gear

Hiking boots.

Miscellaneous Info

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