Stough Creek Basin Trail

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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6.5-9h
Distance
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23.8 km
Elevation
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784 m
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Stough Creek Basin Trail

The Stough Creek Basin Trail boasts awe-inspiring scenery. This incredible adventure wanders through alpine forests and montane meadows, past ponds, and glacial pools. Yielding some technical terrain at high altitudes, this route will get your heart pumping.

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Route Description

While demanding, the Stough Creek Basin Hike offers captivating views of the Wind River Mountain Range. This incredible adventure travels through vibrant alpine tundra, blossoming meadows, and lush woodlands to the crystalline alpine lakes. Exploring exposed terrain in the high country warrants extreme conditions, including thunderstorms and wind, so check the forecast before departure and dress in layers. Though unlikely, bear encounters are possible, so make sure at least one person in your group carries a can of bear spray.

Setting out from the Stough Creek Lakes Trailhead, you will begin your adventure by passing the Roaring Fork Lake. Keep left at the intersection here, and the Stough Creek Lakes Trail will progress through stands of mixed pine woodlands and blossoming meadows. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you hike, notably in the meadowlands. Soon the path will ascend into the alpine tundra, offering breathtaking views of the Wind River Range’s granite mountains. After some hiking, you will reach another junction, veer left, and the trail will plateau, heading southwardly.

This lovely path will deliver you to the Stough Creek Basin laden with countless charming alpine pools. Revel in the beauty of the crystal-clear lakes and Roaring Fork Mountain, West Atlantic Peak, and Atlantic Peak rising above the basin. When you are ready, retrace your footing back to the trailhead.

Getting There

Access this hike from the Stough Creek Lakes Trailhead off Forest Road 302.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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