• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    12 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2300 Feet

Dog Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This adventure takes you through one of the prettiest and most wild basins in the state, and rewards you with absolutely unreal views of Southwest Colorado.

The easiest approach is from Ouray. Drive up Camp Bird road to Weehawken trailhead. 4WD is not necessary.

Head up the trail as far as it is marked. The trail will soon become faint, but a line up the saddle between Mt. Ridgeway and Whitehouse Mt. can be easily found. Take the couloir facing northwest. Depending on conditions and possible ice/snow, it should be a class 2 scramble to complete the route and reach the top.

The few people who decide to summit Mt. Ridgeway also go for Whitehouse. That will be a full day, but checks off two incredible peaks! 

Pack List

  • Lots of water!!
  • Snacks & Lunch
  • Hiking boots
  • Rainjacket
  • Layers
  • Sunscreen
  • Walking stick (optional)
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Community Photos

+ Add Photos

Reviews

Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Leave a Review

Have you done this adventure? Leave a review!

Piper Wolters

"Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life." Hiking. Climbing. Skiing. Kayaking. Sailing. Adventure..

Are we missing something? Suggest an edit

Nearby Adventures

Hike the Sugar Bowl Loop in Kings Canyon NP

Tulare County, California

First and foremost, to get to this trailhead you need to drive down a 2-mile, one lane dirt road that is quite steep.

6 Saves

Hike to Ehukai Pillbox

59178 Ke Nui Road, Hawaii

This hike starts directly across from Banzai Pipeline, the famous barreling wave at Ehukai Beach.

7 Saves

Winter Hike to Calypso Cascades

1046 County Highway 115, Colorado

While most people go snowshoeing near the Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge area in RMNP, Wild Basin is a much less trafficked option.

5 Saves