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    Molino Basin via Arizona Trail

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    3.2 km
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    171 m
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    If you’re staying at the Molino Basin Campground, the hike to Molino Basin via Arizona Trail is an awesome hike to a memorable viewpoint that should only take a couple of hours or so. This hike is rated as moderate, and it follows the Arizona Trail to a saddle with a view into the basin and to the mountains beyond. Enjoy small waterfalls and a bit of shade on this hike.

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    Route Description for Molino Basin via Arizona Trail

    Those staying at the Molino Basin Campground can and should make the quick trip out on the Arizona Trail to the Molino Basin, where a viewpoint over the basin provides a wonderful glimpse of Redington and Mica Mountain and the rolling peaks beyond. This route is easily doable in a couple of hours or less and shows off a few cute waterfalls and streams when it’s rained recently.

    From the campground, head across the highway. There’s a trail that climbs the hill to your left shortly in, stay right here. A few uneven switchbacks take you up to the saddle. There’s a bit of shade to be found on this hike in certain parts, but most of the route is out in the open, so you’ll be glad if you started your hike early.

    Look for wildflowers and streams as you climb to the saddle, where the view opens up. Settle in here to snap some photos and take it all in. The trail continues down into the basin, so you could continue further if you wanted to, but remember that it’ll be a steep climb back up. When you’re ready, turn back and retrace your steps.

    Getting to the Molino Basin via Arizona Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Molino Basin via Arizona Trail is in the Molino Basin Campground.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Molino Basin Campground

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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