Hematite Basin: Lake, Flowers and Peaks

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Hematite Basin: Lake, Flowers and Peaks

Hematite Basin provides satiating views, peak climbs
Seen from the climb to Macomber Peak in 2015, Hematite Lake is the hue of high and brilliant Colorado sky.
Hikers stand on the thin ridge north of Macomber Peak. Grand Turk and Sultan Mountain preside over Silverton.
From the Animas River valley east of Silverton, climb north on a historic miner’s trail to Hematite Lake. Off-trail, climb west to Macomber Peak and north to Tower Mountain. Retrace your steps. The optional blue-line loop traverses the ridge between Hematite and Cataract Basins and then plunges back to the trail.

Hematite Basin: Lake, Flowers and Peaks

Seen from the climb to Macomber Peak in 2015, Hematite Lake is the hue of high and brilliant Colorado sky.
Hikers stand on the thin ridge north of Macomber Peak. Grand Turk and Sultan Mountain preside over Silverton.
From the Animas River valley east of Silverton, climb north on a historic miner’s trail to Hematite Lake. Off-trail, climb west to Macomber Peak and north to Tower Mountain. Retrace your steps. The optional blue-line loop traverses the ridge between Hematite and Cataract Basins and then plunges back to the trail.
Travel basics

Travel: From Silverton, drive up Greene Street to the north end of town. Make a soft right onto San Juan County Road 2. The road turns to a smooth, dirt surface in 1.9 miles. Park on the right at 3.6 miles, 0.1 mile before the Animas River crossing.

Distance and Elevation Gain: Hematite Lake, 4.0 miles roundtrip with 2,300 feet of vertical; Tower Mountain out-and-back, 7.4 miles with 4,200 feet of gain; loop is 7 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Time: Hematite Lake is a half-day hike; 5½ to 7 hours to Tower Mountain and back

Difficulty: Trail, off-trail; navigation moderate; mild exposure

Map: Howardsville, Colorado 7.5’ USGS Quad or Apogee Mapping

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